Historic roses are timeless and beautiful old roses from past centuries which continue to deserve a place in today’s gardens, however large or small. With their classic “old-fashioned” charm and graceful forms, the soft petals and delicate colours of old roses are often accompanied by a deliciously rich and powerful fragrance.
Many old roses are very robust, trouble-free and disease-resistant so that they require minimal attention and little or no pruning. They vary widely in shape and size: some of the smaller ones can easily be grown in pots; others will rapidly form a thick hedge, cover a house wall or scramble high into trees.
Moreover, old roses contain the original gene pool from which all later roses have been bred. They are supremely rewarding to grow, fascinating to study and they need to be conserved.
Above all, the best historic roses are outstanding garden-worthy performers which have stood the test of time.