Do you like antiques?
Then you should have some in your garden.
Old Garden Roses are cultivars that were developed before 1867, the year the first hybrid tea rose was released. Many are fragrant, disease resistant and have a form that fits nicely into a landscape planting, especially a cottage garden.
There are about a dozen in my yard, and I love them. If you’d like some too, check out these recommendations for the best old garden roses for Louisiana as recommended by the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society and share by LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings. They’re broken into two categories: The Must Haves/Never Fails and Others to Consider. Most fall into the china, tea, polyantha and noisette groups, which can take the heat and humidity Louisiana has an endless supply of in summer.
- Prosperity: hybrid musk, white and everblooming.
Climbing Pinkie: polyantha, pink, everyblooming. “This one is a pretty aggressive grower,” Owings said. “It will climb on your house.”
- Reve d’Or: noisette, apricot, everblooming.
- Climbing Cramoisi Superieur: china, dark red, everblooming.
Other climbers to consider:
- Crepuscle: noisette, gold and dark pink, mannerly climber.
- Celine Forestier: noisette, soft yellow, mannerly climber.
- Buff Beauty: hybrid musk, gold.
- Mme. Driout: climbing tea, light pink with darker pink stripes.
Must-have large bushes (over 6 –feet tall)
- Mr. B.R. Cant: tea, large deep pink, everyblooming.
- Marie Van Houtte: tea, creamy yellow, everblooming.
- Duchesse de Brabant: tea, light pink, everblooming. (I love this one.)
- Cecile Brunner (also called the sweetheart rose): polyantha, small pink, everblooming.
- Bermuda Kathleen: china, single flowers that change color, everblooming.
- Safrano: tea, cream, everblooming.
- Mutabilis (also called the butterfly rose): china, large single flowers that change color, everblooming.
- Maman Cochet: tea, pink, everblooming.
Other large bushes to consider:
- Baronne Henriette de Snoy: tea, creamy pink blend.
- Mme. Issac Pereire: bourbon, dark crimson.
- White Maman Cochet: tea, white with blush edges.
- Niles Cochet: tea, medium pink center with darker outer petals.
- Mme. Berkeley: tea, salmon pink gold blend.
Must-have medium bushes: (3- to 6-feet tall):
- Louis Phillippe: china, dark red, everblooming.
- Alexander Hill Gray: tea, soft yellow, everblooming.
- Ducher: china, pure white, everblooming.
- Caldwell Pink: found rose, bright pink, everblooming.
Other medium bushes to consider:
- Mme. Joseph Schwartz: tea, cream white with pink picotee. (This is another of my favorites.)
- Souvenir de Francois Gaulain: tea, dark purple-red.
- Le Vesuve: tea, pink.
- Theresa Bugnet: rugosa, light pink.
Small bushes (under 3 feet):
- Souvenir de la Malmaison: bourbon, light pink, everblooming.
- Perle d’Or: polyantha, small apricot, everblooming.
- Martha Gonzalez: china, single red, everblooming.
Other small bushes to consider:
- Kronpressin Viktoria: bourbon, pure white, sport of Souvenir de la Malmaison.
- Souvenir of St. Anne’s: bourbon, flesh pink, single to semidouble, sport of Souvenir de la Malmaison.
- Hermosa: china, soft pink.
Do you grow antique roses? What are your favorites?