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The ROSE family includes the apple, cherry, peach, plum, strawberry, plus many other favorites.

Rosa, the genus which is most widely grown and perhaps the best loved contains approximately 150 species.  Most are deciduous and have prickles and none are native south of the equator.  Many of the species and old garden roses (OGR) bloom only in the spring, but most of our modern varieties bloom repeatedly.  Roses have been hybridized for centuries and are divided into 3 major divisions ( species, old garden roses, and modern roses ) and 37 classes by the American Rose Society (ARS).


The following are examples of some of the better known rose varieties.  Why not experience " rose fever " and expand your garden.


Species Roses:  often referred to as "wild roses", usually have 4 - 11 petals, most bloom only in the spring, and range in size from 2 to 20 feet.  They are listed according to their Latin name, but can have a common synonym.

 Rosa moschata - 1540  *repeats nicely



Old Garden Rosesany variety whose horticultural classification existed prior to 1867...

Bourbons:  class based on a cross between Autumn Damask and a China rose...small bush varieties have good repeat bloom.

Edith de Murat - 1858

Kronprincessin Viktoria - 1887


 Mystic Beauty - 2003

Chinas:   repeat blooming roses introduced to Europe during the 18th century.

Cramoisi Superieur - 1832

Le Vesuve - 1825

Mutabilis - 1894

Noisettes:  only rose class that  originating in the USA.... Charleston, SCChampneys' Pink Cluster - 1811

Alister Stella Gray - 1894

The Charlestonian - 2000

Teasrepeat blooming varieties introduced from the orient.Lady Hillingdon - 1910



 Faith Whittlesey - 2005

Modern Roses:  any variety whose horticultural classification begin in 1867 or later...La France is considered the first Hybrid Tea.


Climbers:  varieties that exhibit long arching growth habits suitable for training on fences, arbors, & trellises, offering a wide range of bloom color, shape and form. Eden - 1985


Floribundas:  produce large clusters of flowers - good continuous bloom cycles over the growing season - can produce a mass of color in garden. Liola - 2004


Will Henry - 2008 { sport of Playboy }

Hybrid Teas: most popular class of roses - large flower borne on long stems - usually as a single flower or in small clusters. Peace - 1945


    Mister Lincoln - 1965:

Polyanthas: small flowers produced in large clusters - good for hedges or mass planting in landscape.    Lullaby - 1953


Shrubs: vigorous, sprawling growth habits - produce large quantities of blooms in clusters Alfred Sisley - 2005


Graham Thomas - 1983



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