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28 Antique Roses for Specimens, Hedges, Containers, and Climbers


Whether they traveled from the Old World with immigrants or have been passed from generation to generation right here, these roses have stood the test of time. As an antique rose grower, I recommend the following not only for their beauty but also for their survival instincts. Zone listings are conservative.

Roses for specimens or for upright hedges

'Hermosa' 'Hermosa' Photo/Illustration: Michael Shoup
Cultivar name
(year introduced)
and hardiness zone

 
Type 
'Cécile Brünner' (1881)
zone 5
Polyantha
'Duchesse de Brabant' (1857)
zone 7
Tea
'Hermosa' (1837)
zone 6
China
'Marie Pavié (1888)
zone 5
Polyantha
'Mrs. B.R. Cant' (1901)
zone 7
Tea
'Old Blush' (1752)
zone 6‘
China
'Souvenir de la Malmaison' (1843)
zone 6
Bourbon




 

Roses for specimens or for informal hedges

Cultivar name (year introduced) and hardiness zone
 
Type 
'Climbing Pinkie' (1952), zone 6 Polyantha
'Cornelia' (1925), zone 6 Hybrid musk
'Penelope' (1924), zone 6 Hybrid musk
'Prosperity' (1919), zone 6 Hybrid musk
'Cécile Brünner' 'Cécile Brünner' Photo/Illustration: Michael Shoup
'Archduke Charles' 'Archduke Charles' Photo/Illustration: Michael Shoup

Roses for containers

Cultivar name (year introduced) and hardiness zone
 
Type 
'Archduke Charles' (1837), zone 7 China
'Cécile Brünner' (1881), zone 5 Polyantha
'Marie Pavié' (1888), zone 5 Polyantha
'Old Blush' (1752), zone 6 China
'The Fairy' (1932), zone 4 Polyantha

Roses for climbers

'Sombreuil' 'Sombreuil' Photo/Illustration: Michael Shoup
Cultivar name
(year introduced)
and hardiness zone

 
Type 
'Buff Beauty' (1939), zone 6

 
Hybrid musk
'Climbing Old Blush' (unknown, zone Z6

 
China
'Climbing Cécile Brünner' (1894), zone 6

 
Polyantha
'Jeanne d’Arc' (1818), zone 7

 
Alba
'Lamarque' (1830), zone 7

 
Noisette
'Mme. Alfred Carrière' (1879), zone 6

 
Noisette
'New Dawn' (1930), zone 5

 
Climber
R. banksiae var. banksiae (Lady Banks rose, 1807), zone 8

 
Species
R. laevigata (Cherokee rose, 1759), zone 7

 
Species
R. X fortuniana (Fortuniana rose, 1850), zone 7

 
Species
'Sombreuil'’ (1850), zone 6 Climbing tea
'Zephirine Drouhin' (1868), zone 6 Bourbon




 

From Fine Gardening 79 , pp. 71

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