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Old Roses

Old Roses

The Old Roses are divided into two categories: Summer Flowering Old Roses and Repeat Flowering Old Roses. Summer Flowering Old Roses are the true Old Roses of early European origin. It was these roses that played a key part in the development of David Austin’s English Roses. The true Old Roses consist of the Gallicas, Damasks, Albas, Centifolias and Mosses. Although they only flower during the early summer, with one or two exceptions, they give a magnificent display. Many varieties have a wonderful fragrance and they are all full of character, as well as generally being extremely tough and easy to look after. Repeat Flowering Old Roses originate from the China Roses, which had the unique ability to repeat flower throughout the summer. They were introduced from China to Europe in the 18th century where they were soon cross-fertilized with the true Old Roses to create a group of repeat-flowering Old Roses, which includes the Chinas, Portlands, Bourbons and Hybrid Perpetuals. It may be said that the English Roses have now superseded these.

   

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  1. Ferdinand Pichard

    Ferdinand Pichard

    Old Rose
    Bears full, globular, pink flowers, clearly striped with fuchsia, magenta and white. After its first crop of blooms, it flowers in flushes in late summer. There is a strong, rich fragrance. It forms a bushy shrub with luxuriant pale green foliage and prickly stems. It prefers a warm, protected position.Tanne, 1910.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Tuscany Superb

    Tuscany Superb

    Old Rose
    A very similar rose to 'Tuscany' but with larger flowers and taller growth. The magenta-red semi-double, many petalled flowers are fragrant with golden stamens. It forms a sturdy shrub with spreading, upright growth and plentiful foliage. ThomasᅠRiversᅠ&ᅠSonsᅠLtd., 1837.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. Ispahan

    Ispahan

    Old Rose
    Exquisite half-open blooms of lovely mid pink, open to form loosely reflexed flowers. It is always one of the first of the Summer Flowering Old Roses to bloom and has a strong and particularly fine Old Rose fragrance. Unknown, c.1832.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. William Lobb

    William Lobb

    Old Rose
    Large, open sprays of purple magenta blooms, fading to shades of purple, mauve and violet-grey. They have a rich perfume and plentiful green moss. A tall, vigorous shrub with thorny stems and dark green foliage; it can also be trained as a climber. Laffay, 1855.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. Rosa Mundi

    Rosa Mundi

    Old Rose
    A sport of R. gallica 'Officinalis', sharing all of its characteristics except the fuchsia flowers are striped with white. Although only once flowering, it is a very showy plant, producing a mass of fragrant blooms. It forms a bushy, compact shrub. Priorᅠtoᅠ1600.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Rose de Rêscht

    Rose de Rêscht

    Old Rose
    A very fragrant variety, bearing small, neat, very double, bright magenta flowers packed full with petals. It forms a compact shrub with shapely, bushy growth. The flowers are held well above the dense, rough textured, deep green foliage. 1840.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. Queen of Denmark

    Queen of Denmark

    Old Rose
    One of the finest of all the Old Roses. Pretty, cupped buds open to large, beautifully formed, quartered, slightly reflexing flowers, each with a central button eye. They are a soft glowing shade of pink, with a particularly strong and delicious Old Rose fragrance. It forms a vigorous shrub with thorny growth and attractive grey-green leaves. Booth, 1826.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Charles de Mills

    Charles de Mills

    Old Rose
    Particularly large, opulent flowers with many closely packed petals giving the impression of very flat, 'sliced-off' blooms. They are rich magentared and have a medium-strong fragrance. An attractive shrub; the growth is upright and arching. Unknown, c.1790.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier

    Old Rose
    Similar to 'Comte de Chambord', but with even more perfect flowers. It bears large, shapely rosettes, each with a button eye at the centre, and has the same clear, mid pink colouring, paling a little with age. There is a strong, rich fragrance. The growth is compact and erect with light green foliage. Moreau-Robert, 1868.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Empress Joséphine

    Empress Joséphine

    Old Rose
    Large, loosely double, bright pink blooms, followed by orange hips. Fruity Old Rose fragrance. A bushy shrub with ample grey-green foliage. Descemet, 1815.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. R. gallica ‘Officinalis’

    R. gallica ‘Officinalis’

    Old Rose
    Large, semi-double, fuchsia flowers and a pure Old Rose scent. Very free-flowering, creating a mass of colour. Hips in autumn. A low branching shrub with ample foliage. Priorᅠtoᅠ1400.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Mme. Hardy

    Mme. Hardy

    Old Rose
    Glistening white blooms, each with a green eye, held in nicely poised clusters. A strong Old Rose fragrance. Strong, bushy growth. Hardy, 1832.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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