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Roses! The Queen of Flowers
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R. 'Pax'

R. 'Pax'

One of the invaluable Hybrid Musk family, R. 'Pax' was bred to commemorate the peace after World War I. A largish shrub rose, 'Pax' will produce fragrant, semi-double white blooms with lovely golden stamens throughout the growing season, with a main flush in mid-summer. As well as being invaluable in the rose garden, use it in a mixed border, use it as an informal hedge or train the arching canes against a wall.

Cultivation Allow plenty of room for this large shrub when selecting a planting position, and chose a sunny position in good soil, adding well-rotted compost to the soil at planting to provide a good, loamy soil. The arching canes can be pegged down, providing a mass of blooms, but remember fed well if grown in this way. Deadhead to encourage repeat flowering. Prune to remove dead-wood and control size where this is necessary.
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R.'Buff Beauty'

Buff Beauty

Possibly one of the loveliest roses in any garden, R. 'Buff Beauty' has deep buff-gold coloured buds that open gold and then fade through yellow and buff to creamy white. The flowers are wonderfully shaped, becoming loose and open as they age. Always with a flower in the growing season, the main flush is so prolific the arching branches are quite weighed down. Another Hybrid Musks, Buff Beauty'' is wonderful in the border, against a wall, or even as a pillar rose.

Cultivation Plan for 1.5m by at least as wide when siting this rose. Prefers a sunny position although will withstand some shade. Plant in good soil, adding well-rotted compost to provide a good, loamy soil. Deadhead to encourage repeat flowering. Prune to remove dead-wood and control size where this is necessary.
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R. 'Buff Beauty'

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Summer is for roses - R. 'Prosperity'

R. 'Prosperity'

One of the Rev. Pemberton's invaluable hybrid musk roses, 'Propsperity' has masses of of creamy-white flowers, opening from pink buds, in large clusters. Vigourous and with good foliage this is an excellent white rose with the typical musk fragrance.

Cultivation Prefers a sunny position although will withstand some shade, and secure well if in a windy position as the habit is somewhat lax. You can train as a low climber. Dead head regularly to extend the flowering season, prune only lightly to reduce crowding and remove dead wood. Add well-rotted compost to the soil when planting and as an annual mulch to provide a good loamy soil.
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R. 'Trier'

R. 'Trier'

Winter is time to plan for a glorious summer. Trier is a large bush or short climbing rose that will cover itself in white flowers. The buds are touched with pink and gold, opening to a cupped flower with a creamy blush and long golden stamens. Often classed as a hybrid musk, Trier has the typical perfume of this family.

Trier is a rose that will give you loads of pleasure, flowering early and repeating – that it is one of the parents of the Rev. Pemberton’s hybrid musk roses is recommendation enough! Try growing it along a wall or boundary fence.
Sources Available from specialist rose nurseries
Cultivation Grows 1.8 x 1.2m (6 x 4ft). Plant in full sun, although it tolerates a little shade, in compost-enriched and well-drained soil. Prune lightly.
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R. 'Friesia'

R. 'Friesia'

Oval buds open to glorious deep yellow, flat blooms on one of the best cluster-flowered yellows. Flowers freely in large clusters throughout the season, and a sturdy, bushy plant. Leaves are a light green. A slight fragrance. (Syn. 'Sunsprite', 'Korresia')

Cultivation Plant in a sunny position, will tolerate poorer soils but the addition of well-rotted compost, providing a good loamy soil, and mulch in summer will encourage flowering. 0.75m x 0.6m
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R. 'Frulinsmorgen'

R. 'Frulinsmorgen'

A sister rose for 'Frulinsgold', flowering early in the season. Clear pink, sweetly scented flowers are single and creamy in the centre, setting off the golden stamens. Good foliage, fairly upright habit and hips in autumn.

Cultivation Prefers a sunny, warm position. Tolerates poorer soils but will do better in good, loamy soil, with added well-rotted compost. Relatively trouble free and strong growing to 1.8m x 1.2m (6ft x 4ft). Prune lightly and remove dead and tangled growth.
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R. Fantin Latour

R. Fantin Latour

Soft pink, very fragrant flowers make this one of the most popular heritage roses. Named for the French botanical artist Henri Fantin Latour, the flowers open perfectly quartered and flat with a tiny eye in the centre. Good foliage, fairly upright habit and hips in autumn.

Cultivation Prefers a sunny, warm position. Tolerates poorer soils but will do better in good, loamy soil, with added well-rotted compost. An easy rose growing to 1.5m x 1.2m (5ft x 4ft). Deadhead regularly over the summer and prune only to remove dead and tangled growth.
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R. 'Auckland Metro'

R. 'Auckland Metro'

A New Zealand bred hybrid tea (Sam McCredy) that is wonderful in massed plantings and in the mixed border. Creamy white flowers are lightly flushed pink and very, very fragrant. Dark green foliage on a strong, healthy bush and you have a deservedly popular rose. Repeat flowering, relatively thorn-free.

Cultivation Prefers a sunny, warm position. Plant in good soil, adding well-rotted compost to provide a good, loamy soil. Relatively trouble free and strong growing to 0.9m x 0.75m (3ft x 2ft 6in). Prune lightly and remove dead and tangled growth.
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R. Jacqueline du Pre

R. 'Jacqueline du Pre'

(syn R. 'Harwanna')
A very healthy, modern shrub rose that deserves to be more widely grown. A long flowering season makes this modern rose a reliable and beautiful plant in the garden. Good dark green foliage on arching branches set off the beautifully formed almost semi-double flowers, off-white blushed with pink and about 10cm (4 in) across. The petals have an unusual scalloped effect, while the reddish stamens are very distinct and show the parentage of lovely 'Maigold'. And it's fragrant, what more could you ask?

Cultivation A spreading bush 2.0m (6ft) by 1.5m (4ft) Jacqueline du Pre can be used as a low climber on a wall or trellis. In a massed planting it is impressive and just as good in the border or as a hedge. Considered disease resistant, Jacqueline du Pre prefers a sunny position, good, moist soil with full sun. In dry periods ensure that the soil does not dry out.
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R. 'Souvenir de Malmaison'

R. 'Souvenir de Malmaison'

One of the most famous of the heritage roses, 'Souvenir de Malmaison' has soft pink-white flowers that open perfectly quartered, simply beautiful, and very fragrant.

'Souvenir de Malmaison' is often rejected because the blooms do not weather well, becoming mushy and ugly in wet weather. In humid climates she is truly a challenge, but in other climates she is simply wonderful especially in the late summer flowering when the blooms seem to enjoy better weather! Good dark green, glossy foliage, she will grow to 1.8m (6ft) and as wide. Good in the rose garden, a border or against a warm wall.
Cultivation Plant in full sun, although tolerates some shade, and well-drained soil that will not dry out, adding compost at planting and as an anuual mulch.
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R. 'Penelope'

R. 'Penelope'

An old favourite, 'Penelope' is one of those roses that simply goes on flowering from early summer until well into autumn. Like most of the hybrid musks, she is fragrant, remarkably free-flowering and tough.

The fragrant flowers are semi-double and a wonderful mix of creamy-pink flushed with buff-yellow, fading to creamy-white as they age. A dense bush with good dark green, glossy foliage, 'Penelope' can be enjoyed from the sub-tropical north to our coolest winter climates.
Cultivation Grows to 1.0m (3ft) and as wide, well suited to a small garden or used at the front of a border, even as a hedge. A good, hardy rose. Plant in full sun, although she will tolerate a little shade, and well-drained soil and enjoy.
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R. 'Cornelia'

'Cornelia'

Not a dramatic rose but a charming one that will reward with months of flowers. Clusters of small, deep pink flowers and good, deep green glossy foliage. A hybrid musk, 'Cornelia' shares their disease resistance. A tough bird one of a few roses found in an abandonned garden.

Cultivation Prefers a sunny, warm position. Grows in most soils but prefers good, loamy soil with added well-rotted compost. Relatively trouble free and strong growing to 1.0m x 0.9m (3ft 3in x 3ft). Prune lightly and only to remove dead and tangled growth.
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R. 'Nobilo's Chardonnay'

Nobilo's Chardonnay

A New Zealand rose bred by Sam McCredy that holds its wonderful creamy flushed-gold colour in our bright sunshine and withstands rain. Dark green leaves set off the flowers. A strong growing roses that is truly the answer for our climate. Repeat flowering, relatively thorn-free.

Cultivation Prefers a sunny, warm position. Plant in good soil, adding well-rotted compost to provide a good, loamy soil. Relatively trouble free and strong growing to 1.0m x 0.9m (3ft 3in x 3ft). Prune lightly and only to remove dead and tangled growth.
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R. 'Fritz Nobis'
A modern shrub rose, R. 'Fritz Nobis' is a large, tall rose, which is very hardy. Arching branches are covered in soft pink, slightly fragrant, double blooms that open cupped and perfect. Once flowering the rose compensates by making a huge show in early summer. Healthy foliage is grey-green. Use in a large or wide border and you will not be disappointed.

Cultivation Plant in a sunny position and give plenty of room to develop. Add well-rotted compost to the soil at planting to provide a good loamy soil.
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R. 'Fritz Nobis'

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R. 'Frulinsgold'

R. 'Frulinsgold'

An open arching shrub rose, with lovely open semi-double flowers with prominent stamens. Flowering early summer or late spring, R. 'Frulinsgold' is a welcome sight and has a lovely, light fragrance. There will be intermittent blooms throughout the summer, after the main, early flush of bloom. The foliage is soft green and fern-like making it a useful addition to the border. Sometimes carries purple-black hips in autumn

Cultivation Plant in a sunny position out of strong winds and give plenty of room to develop. Prune lightly, removing only dead wood and tangled stems as flowering shoots will develop on existing growth. Add well-rotted compost to the soil at planting to provide a good loamy soil. A fairly trouble-free rose.
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R. 'Mme Lauriol de Barny'

R. 'Mme Lauriol de Barny'


A bourbon rose, R. 'Mme Lauriol de Barny' is a treasure. Very full, double deep silver pink flowers are carried in clusters and appear quite early. They have a delicious fragrance. Flowers intermittently after the main summer flush. A good rose against a wall or on a column, as it will reach 2.1m.

Cultivation Plant in a sunny position in good soil, adding well-rotted compost to the soil at planting to provide a good, loamy soil. The arching canes can be pegged down, providing a mass of blooms, but remember to feed well if grown in this way. Can be susceptible to black spot.
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R. 'Celsiana'

R. 'Celsiana'

'Celsiana' is one of the loveliest Damask roses, very fragrant and old, bred prior to 1750. Deep clear pink flowers, with a strong, heady perfume, open from pointed buds. When fully open the flowers are centered by the golden stamens. Flowers intermittently after the main summer flush.

The greyish foliage makes a good contrast with the flowers and in the mixed border. An invaluable rose in the garden.

Cultivation Plant in a sunny position in good soil, add well-rotted compost at planting to provide a good, loamy soil and add again as an annual mulch. Reaches 1.5m by 1.2m wide(5ft x 4ft). Prune immediately after flowering as damasks flower on the previous years growth.
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R. 'Mrs Oakley Fisher'

R. 'Mrs Oakley Fisher'

Elegant, single flowers of warm apricot with a cluster of golden stamens and a delicious scent to boot, ‘Mrs Oakley Fisher’ is irresistible. In autumn, these warm tones work wonderfully well with the autumnal colours and stand out when pastel pinks seem drear and mucky. The flowers come in generous clusters contrast well with healthy foliage of a good dark green. The stems are reddish, adding to the picture.

Said to be, variously a hybrid tea and a modern shrub, ‘Mrs Oakley Fisher’ is definitely worthy of garden space. A favourite since first introduced in 1921, this rose can either be allowed to reach up as a taller plant in the back or middle of the border so don’t be fooled by descriptions of a 60cm by 60 cm (2ft x 2ft) plant. Hard pruned she is just as good as a low-growing bush or container plant. Deadhead regularly to encourage continuity of blooming.
Sources Generally available from good mail-order rose nurseries
Cultivation Grow in good, friable soil (although tolerates poorer soils) in a position that receives sun for at least six hours per day, and water during dry periods. Prune as a shrub rose or floribunda in early spring after frosts have passed. Hardy on well-drained soils.
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