Wonderful sprays of small
double flowers cover these plants in season. These varieties are mostly
vigorous growing, well foliated, prolific blooming all season long,
disease-resistant, winter hardy and spreading. The only attribute they
lack is fragrance, although there are a couple of varieties that are
fragrant. One of the best, most useful roses ever created is a Polyantha
called The Fairy, which is so good it belongs in every garden.
As we bud our roses,
rather than grow them from cuttings our selection of miniatures grows
larger than the introducer intended. They are lovely, compact little gems
for the garden. In Europe they call these Patio roses and include them
with varieties that were hybridized as such.
Patios are upright,
bushy, compact plants that share many characteristics with floribundas.
All continuous flowering, some fragrant, available in a similar range of
colours as floribundas and of varying bloom shapes, they have proved to be
reasonably winter hardy. These varieties are an excellent choice for mass
or bed plantings and for borders.
Modern climbers differ
from their old-fashioned rambler cousins in that they are usually repeat
flowering and produce fewer and thicker, more sturdy canes. Most varieties
produce double or very double blooms in clusters although some produce
single petalled blooms. Fragrance, bloom shape and frequency, vigour,
disease resistance and hardiness are unique to each variety.
Pillar roses are a type
of climber that is limited in growth and vigour (short & dense) and suited
to be grown on a post or small structure. Most climbing roses can be grown
as a pillar.
David Austin hybridized
all the roses listed as such. He describes them as," Combining the
delicate charm and fragrance of an Old Rose with the wide colour range and
summer-long flowering of a Modern Rose."
The flowers are usually
very double and sometimes cupped, carried on bushy well-foliated plants.
In our climate they are best protected for winter.
In North America, Shrub
Roses are more a category than a classification. Roses whose growth habit
is more robust than a classification allows are called shrub roses, or
those which may exhibit characteristics of a classification in some sense
but which defy that classification in others. In any case, the varieties
we have listed within this category are generally winter hardy,
disease-resistant and easy to grow. They are of varying heights and
An exceptional group of
varieties that is well suited to colder climates. Very winter hardy,
disease resistant, and easy to grow. Reliable in every way, from surviving
the coldest winters to providing fragrant blooms throughout the season to
setting fat, red hips in fall Rugosas thrive on adverse conditions. The
majority are bushy, well clothed in leathery lime green foliage and well
armed with prickly canes. Fragrant flowers, single to double in shape open
from long, pointed buds and recur reliably through the season. They also
tolerate some shade. Being somewhat large bushes for the most part they
require space to thrive but there are some smaller hybrids for more
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