Antique Roses

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The Old Garden Shrub Roses are sometimes referred to as Antique Roses. These are divided into two categories – those discovered or hybridized before 1867, and those discovered or hybridized after 1867 …

This classification has many sub classes including Alba, Bourbon, Gallica, Hybrid Perpetual, Portland, Damask, and the species roses to name a few!

Most of these roses bloom only once during the growing season. They have always been popular for their rugged hardiness, the singular beauty of their flowers, the intensity of their fragrance, and their romantic history …

Ballerina Antique Shrub Rose

Ballerina Antique Shrub Rose

In general, the species and antique roses need less care than modern roses do. In fact, they seem to thrive on neglect …

Some are very vigorous plants that can take over a small garden – choose carefully and read the label completely.

Occasional pruning will keep them in bounds. Prune them in June after they are done blooming …

These roses only require regular watering (an inch a week – more during hot, dry spells) and an occasional application of fertilizer to keep them healthy …

One of my favorites in this category is the Ballerina Antique Shrub Rose. It’s a tough, fuss-free rose introduced in 1937. The petite pink blooms look like a cross between a rose and a hydrangea …

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