Old Garden Roses take heat, humidity

Cecile Brunner, also called the sweetheart rose, is an excellent choice for Louisiana gardens. Photo courtesy of Texas A&M.

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.

They are:

Must-have climbers:

  • Prosperity: hybrid musk, white and everblooming.
  • Climbing Pinkie makes is capable of climbing on your house. Photo courtesy of Allen Owings.

    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.

Madame Joseph Schwartz is white flushed with pink. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

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?











Enjoy talks, demos Saturday at rose center

Sombreuil is one of the Old Garden Roses to be discussed by Dr. Allen Owings. Photo by Kathie Rowell

What could be better than a day spent among roses?

How about a day spent among roses that turns you into a better gardener.

The Gardens of the American Rose Center has a full day of activities – from plant talks to cooking demonstrations to entertainment by a ukulele band — planned for Saturday, April 20.

The morning is devoted to a series of talks, part of the center’s Green Thumb series, titled “Sweet Roses and Sassy Fruit.” The fun continues in the afternoon with Spring Bloom celebration demonstrations and family activities, such as face painting and a bounce house for the kids.

Here’s the Green Thumb schedule:

  • 9 a.m.: “Low Maintenance Fruit, Figs, Grapes, Muscadines, Berries, and Citrus for Your Backyard Garden” by Dr. Charlie Graham, LSU AgCenter extension fruit specialist/researcher.
  • 10:15: Demonstration of “Organic Products, Availability in Shreveport, Internet and Other Resources, Organic Soil Treatment, and Use of Beneficial Insects in the Home Garden” by Lou Osburn, Certified Rosarian and Master Gardener.
  • 10:45: break and plant sale of fruits, roses, blueberries and citrus trees on porch of Klima Rose Hall.
  • Duchesse de Brabant is another rose on Dr. Owings’ list.

    11:15: “Low Maintenance Old Garden Roses” by Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist.

The Spring Bloom schedule:

  • 11:30-1:30: Box lunches for sale in the gardens behind the Klima Rose Hall.
  • 12:30-1 and 1:30-2 p.m.: music by the Strumdingers, Louisiana’s only ukulele band, on the
    Wellan Terrace.
  • Plant Sale continues on front porch of Klima building.
  • 1-3 p.m.: Demonstrations around the Watkins Reflection Pool behind Klima– planting bare-root Roses , demonstration of organic products, info on Dittle’s Community Garden.
  • 2 p.m.: cooking with roses, in the Administration Building.

Face painting and a bounce house will be available for the kids and the gift shop will be open.

Admission: free. Info: 318-938-5534.

See you there!