If you are new to roses, you may not know that there are different classes of roses. I won't go into all the different types, but one class is the Antiques, or old garden roses. I grow all types of roses, but I love the Antique roses because they usually require less pruning, have a history (I love a good story), and most are quite fragrant.
Way back in September (September 20th, to be exact), Chris of The Redneck Rosarian asked for a list of our favorite top 5 old garden roses. My answer was (in no particular order):
|Mrs. Dudley Cross|
An old garden Tea, she's a lovely lady, starting out yellow and blushing to pink. The way her petals change colors makes her quite charming. Want more information? I've done a post on her HERE.
Another old garden Tea, she's quite the radiant beauty. Her blooms are quite big, almost floppy, with a golden color that really stands out in the garden. She'll grow up to 6 ft, in zones 5b through 10.
A china/polyantha with tiny little blooms, she makes me smile each time I see those ribbon-like petals. Considered thornless, or almost so. Zones 6 through 9. Will grow to 6 ft tall, or can be kept small as a container rose. She's also designated an Earthkind rose.
|Souvenir de St. Anne's|
A Bourbon, this was one of my very first roses. Her scent wafts through the air, and I am charmed by her loose form and clear pink color. You can read more about her in my garden HERE.
Either an old garden Tea or possibly a Hybrid Tea named Barcelona (there is some dispute), Francis is a sentimental favorite of mine, and a favorite, too, for its scent. One whiff and I was hooked. Read more about this rose HERE.
It was fun to look through past pictures of the roses now that they're dormant. I can't wait to see their faces this spring!