Roses

We can complain that rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Without doubt, roses are the unrivaled Queens of the Garden, and are probably the most popular and widely grown ornamental plant across the world. Choices range from loose casual ramblers, high and haughty hybrid teas, and charming miniatures.

We are especially fond of the old heirloom varieties. There is no other addition to a garden that can bring the richness, fragrance and connection to the past and the earth than roses descended from antiquity. They offer rich colorful blooms of a wide range of shapes from the flat opened five petaled ancient species roses, to the romantic densely ruffled cascades of cabbage roses.

It’s amazing that these roses have survived over the centuries. Following the introduction of the first hybrid tea rose in the mid 1800′s a quest began for ever more exotic grafted hybrid tea roses that left thousands of these ancestral roses to languish unattended.

History as it applies to roses seems to have now come full circle as gardeners are now eager for roses that do not require the constant attention and chemical treatments, and so descendants of the same roses that fell over Cleopatra’s garden walls, inspired the great classical poets, and graced the paths walked by Kings, Queens and Emperor’s can be enjoyed today.

It is mostly the tradition of passing along cuttings and plants to the next generations that has kept these wonderful old cultivars alive. As commercial interest in them has revived, horticulturists began to search for them in old overgrown homesteads and cemeteries.

Heirloom or Antique are terms generally used to described very sturdy, resilient roses that have strong natural disease and nematode resistance. The American Rose Society classes Old Garden Roses as those developed before 1867. ‘Heirloom’ is even more expansive and includes the ancient roses such as; Chinas, Gallicas, Damasks, Centifolias, Moss Roses, Noisettes, and Portlands, as well as early Hybrid Perpetuals and Mid Century Hybrid Crosses.

These endearing, beautiful plants bring charm and beauty that not only improves the view of the garden, but also have a way of lifting the spirit and touching the soul.

 




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OLD BUSH Blush Heirloom Antique Own Root Rose Live Plant Double Pink Flower Starter Size Plant 4 Inch Pot Emerald TM

OLD BUSH Blush Heirloom Antique Own Root Rose Live Plant Double Pink Flower Starter Size Plant 4 Inch Pot Emerald TM

Old Bush or Blush is one the best loved and easiest to grown Old Southern Garden Roses. It has graced the yards of grand plantations, manor houses,...
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RED CASCADE Own Root Garden Ground Cover Rose Live Plant Mini Double Flower Sweetheart Climber Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emerald Tm

RED CASCADE Own Root Garden Ground Cover Rose Live Plant Mini Double Flower Sweetheart Climber Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emerald Tm

Red Cascade is a tough, resilient Own Root Rose with fine, delicate, thorny vine-like runners, and small pointed leaves that grow dense and tight to...
$13.50



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LOUIS PHILLIPE Rose Bush Plant Old Heirloom Own Root Antique Garden Perpetual Bloom Red Pink Double Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emerald TM

LOUIS PHILLIPE Rose Bush Plant Old Heirloom Own Root Antique Garden Perpetual Bloom Red Pink Double Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emerald TM

Louis Philippe is an old, antique, own root, heirloom garden rose named for the 1800s French King. It matures as rounded bush about 3 to 6 feet tall,...
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CALDWELL PINK Old Heirloom Antique Own Root Rose Pink Pet Summer Carnation Double Flower Perpetual Bloom Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emerald Tm

CALDWELL PINK Old Heirloom Antique Own Root Rose Pink Pet Summer Carnation Double Flower Perpetual Bloom Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emerald Tm

Caldwell Pink is an old rose from the 1800's rediscovered in the 1980's growing in Caldwell Texas. It is also known as Pink Pet and Summer Carnation...
$12.50



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SEVEN SISTERS Old Garden Antique Heirloom Climbing Rambler Rose Bush Live Plant Double Pink Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emeralds TM

SEVEN SISTERS Old Garden Antique Heirloom Climbing Rambler Rose Bush Live Plant Double Pink Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emeralds TM

Seven Sisters is beautiful old climbing or rambling rose that is a prized favorite, especially throughout the South. It produces bountiful hanging...
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LADY BANKS Old Garden Own Root Heirloom Climbing Rose Bush Live Plant Yellow Flower Clusters Spring Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emerald TM

LADY BANKS Old Garden Own Root Heirloom Climbing Rose Bush Live Plant Yellow Flower Clusters Spring Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emerald TM

Lady Banks is a wonderful old climbing species rose (Rosa bankensa).  It produces heavy boughs and cascades of yellow flowers in the Spring, and is...
$14.95



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BELINDAS DREAM Heirloom Rose Bush Live Plant Fragrant Double Pink Flowers Perpetual Bloomer Starter Size Emerald Tm

BELINDAS DREAM Heirloom Rose Bush Live Plant Fragrant Double Pink Flowers Perpetual Bloomer Starter Size Emerald Tm

The Belindas Dream Rose is not an old antique Rose. Although now considered an heirloom, it is a fairly modern hybrid seedling cross from Tiffany x...
$19.95



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CLOTILDE SOUPERT Antique Own Root Heirloom Old Garden Rose Bush Live Plant Cream White Pink Highly Fragrant 4 Inch Pot Emeralds Tm

CLOTILDE SOUPERT Antique Own Root Heirloom Old Garden Rose Bush Live Plant Cream White Pink Highly Fragrant 4 Inch Pot Emeralds Tm

Clotilde Soupert is a favorite Old Heirloom Garden Polyantha Rose. It grows on well on its on own roots, repeat bloom throughout the year with large...
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SAFRANO Apricot Pink Shrub Rose Bush Live Plant Heirloom Own Root Antique Old Found Garden Fragrant Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emerald Tm

SAFRANO Apricot Pink Shrub Rose Bush Live Plant Heirloom Own Root Antique Old Found Garden Fragrant Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emerald Tm

Safrano is an old heirloom garden rose that is a great grand parent of many other famous roses and is considered by some rose experts to be the...
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MUTABILIS Butterfly Rose Shrub Bush Plant Heirloom Antique Own Root Old Garden Multi Colored Single Pink Flower Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emer

MUTABILIS Butterfly Rose Shrub Bush Plant Heirloom Antique Own Root Old Garden Multi Colored Single Pink Flower Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emer

Mutabilis or the Butterfly Rose is a very old and very interesting heirloom, old garden rose.  For many years the old single petaled species roses...
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