- On July 21, 2013
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The roses are looking lovely at the minute, the warm, dry, sunny weather suits them – they hate rain so the past few summers have been miserable for them.
We have over 100 roses in the garden, with over 70 different varieties but a few really do stand out among the crowd – for disease resistance, scent, prolific flowering….I thought I would share them with you!
A wild rose from America, it makes a lovely hedge with bright pink single flowers which the bees love, followed by bright red hips and beautiful autumn colour – it grows quickly and can be easily clipped into a hedge or allowed to run free. It’s also disease free.
Queen of Denmark
An old alba rose with a delicious scent and beautifully formed pale pink blooms…very healthy, it makes a large shrub.
A damask rose with double pink blooms in abundance, whose heady scent fills the air of a warm evening, it blooms for a longer period than most of the old roses – through summer into autumn. Although described as a shrub, we grow ours along posts and wire as it is in a relatively shady position beneath trees, facing east.
What can I say except you have to see this in the flesh to appreciate the volume of flowers – it is literally covered in thousands of blooms and buds. The flowers are small, in clusters with a strong clove scent, the foliage rich and glossy. It forms a vigorous shrub / climber which reached 6-8 feet.
A continual flowering shrub rose with clear pink flowers, good disease resistance and attractive foliage – the flowers are semi double. Again, ours is grown in semi shade, facing east and still flowers its socks off!
A lovely old gallica rose with flowers heavily striped and splashed with a deep pink which then beautifully fades to lilac grey. A lovely fragrance and not very big so could be grown in a large pot.