Old garden roses have been making gardens beautiful for hundreds of years. They are fragrant and come in a wide variety of styles and colors. They have had a resurgence in popularity in recent years after having fallen from favor with the advent of the modern rose. Their beauty has made them a popular choice with gardeners everywhere. Selecting the perfect old rose for your garden guarantees you will have a garden that will be the envy of the neighborhood.
Old garden roses are easy to grow, disease resistant and more adaptable to the conditions of your garden. They are hearty and many can grow anywhere in the United States. I have been growing old garden roses for years and while I am not an expert, I am an experienced home gardener.
Before you can select your old garden roses, you must have chosen the spot where you are going to create your garden. There are several types of old garden roses, some are climbers, some are shrubs and others are bushes. All of these will have different requirements. Once you have defined your space, you can decide which of the roses will work best within that space.
If you want to start with an easy to grow old garden shrub rose that will give you a profusion of pink blossoms again and again, the Marchesa Boccella is a good choice. This rose may also be found under the name Jacques Cartier. It was developed in the mid-19th century and is the perfect rose to grace your garden. It will grow to between three and five feet and is incredibly fragrant. The roses grow in threes and will measure about 3 to 3.5 inches across and have as many as 70 petals. Marchesa Boccella is disease resistant, can grow in partial shade and is hearty enough to survive up to zone 4 in the United States. This rose is a great choice for a novice.
If you are looking for a wonderful red rose, the Bourbon Rosa Maggie is a great choice. This is a shrub rose that can also be used as a climber since it will grow as large as 6 feet across and 6 feet tall. The color is a mauve tinted red and it is a fragrant rose. If you are looking for a rose that birds and butterflies will flock to, this is your rose. The flower themselves are gorgeous, double blossoms that will bloom twice a year in the spring and in the fall. The Rosa Maggie is a great addition to any rose garden. They are not hearty enough for anything above zone seven in the United States.
If you want to grow a rose that is a part of history then the Alba Maxima is perfect for you. This rose has been around since at least the 1500′s since it has made an appearance in many paintings by the Italian Renaissance painters. This rose will need a lot of space. It prefers not to be pruned and it will grow to as much as ten feet tall. It has fragrant white blossoms with a touch of pink on the petals, it is not only historic it is lovely. The blossoms tend to grow in clusters and if left alone this will be a magnificent addition to your garden.
Your garden is ready to be filled with fragrant, historic and easy to grow old garden roses. You can find many nurseries online that can provide you with the roses that you want for your special garden.