What is old is new again. If you read yesterday’s blog post, you will know that old-fashioned flowers, like antique roses are becoming quite popular again. And we can understand why. Antique roses are tougher, more disease resistant and more fragrant than modern roses.
Antique roses (also known as old garden roses, species roses, heritage roses) are generally roses that were introduced before 1867, when the first modern hybrid tea roses were bred. A rose that isn’t quite as old can still be considered an antique rose if it shares the same survival traits.
Characteristically, antique roses have a flat-topped, rounded appearance with many layers of petals. They are known for their hardiness, beauty and intoxicating signature rose scent. Modern roses typically lack the wonderful fragrance antique roses have. Many roses are pastel-coloured with rich, dark green leaves.
Just like modern roses, antique roses come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and forms. Some of them are bushes, hedges, climbers, trailers or ground covers.
But as beautiful as these roses are, they also have some drawbacks. As these roses grow on their own root, they can spread prolifically and take over the garden.
How to Grow Antique Roses
Antique roses are perfect for any garden! The plants will bloom absolutely beautiful flowers with very little care and maintenance! They are some of the easiest roses to grow, with many of the varieties preferring minimum pruning and care. You can even say these roses thrive on neglect.
As mentioned earlier, antique roses are known for their hardiness. They are mostly disease and pest resistant. They can survive the poorest conditions. But they will perform the best in rich, well-drained soil in a sunny location. Fertilizer, like peat moss or humus is recommended. Mulching is also beneficial.
In the garden, the roses would be ideal as borders or backgrounds. They would be stunning planted in masses!
Antique roses can also be grown in containers.
Some examples of antique roses:
- Antique roses (lindseyhightower.com)