Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A List of Reliable and Sometimes Fragrant Roses!

'Brother Cadfael' and 'Queen Elizabeth' Meeting in the Dining Room
I haven't done nearly enough with the 2012 Herb of the Year, Rose and the year is almost gone.  So I was going through the millions (OK maybe thousands) of papers from lectures and other good things I have attended over the years and I came across a sheet from Michael Ruggiero from 2005.  A renowned expert in roses and all perennials, Mr. Ruggiero has spent more than 50 years in horticulture. 

Currently horticulturist and plant and garden expert at Matterhorn Nursery in Spring Valley, NY, he previously was senior curator for horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden, where he was responsible for the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and many other collections. Mr. Ruggiero is the author of four books on horticulture: Perennial Gardening (The American Garden Guides), Annuals with Style Design ideas from Classic to Cutting Edge, Spotters Guide to Wildflowers of North America and Spotters Handbook: Flowers, Trees and Birds of North America.

So with thanks to Mr. Ruggiero, here is his list of Reliable Roses-Old Garden Roses.  (Please note:  The links I have given are to show the rose itself and not necessarily a place to purchase them.  Also make sure they are hardy in your particular zone or area of the world.)

F = fragrant

hybrid rugosa
'Buffalo Gal'
'Frau Dagmar Hastrup'        F
'Hansa'                               F
'Pink Grootendorst'
'Sarah van Fleet'                 F
'Sir Thomas Lipton'             F
'Therese Bugnet'                 F

hybrid musk
'Ballerina'                           F
'Belinda'                             F
'Buff Beauty'                      F
'Cornelia'                           F

hybrid gallica
'Camaieux'                         F
'Charles de Mills'               F
'Versicolor'                        F

hybrid moss
'Alfred de Dalmas'             F
'Henri Martin'                    F

hybrid damask
'Madame Hardy'               F
'Triginapetala'                    F

hybrid portland
'Jacques Cartier'               F

hybrid centifolia
'Fantin-Latour'                 F

hybrid bourbon
'Mme Issac Pereire'         F
'Variegata de Bologna'     F
'Zephirine Drouhin'           F 
I'll give you the Modern and David Austin choices in the coming days.  I'll try to combine these lists into one page here when I get a chance.  An overcast day in the 'Burgh and chilly.  Hope you are having a good day wherever you may be.  I'll talk to you later.

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