Old roses and species roses
Wild roses are the very hardy, low-maintenance predecessors of modern garden rose varieties. In addition to being ecologically valuable, many are extremely fragrant and vigorously grow into large rose bushes, blooming once to leave a splendid display of reddish coloured rose hips when autumn arrives.
Historic or "old garden" roses represent a classification of roses listed in the trade before 1867. They often grow as shrubs and bear full and fragrant flowers. These roses suit every garden and produce a unique spectacle of colour. In the autumn they are often covered in rose hips, providing a food source for many bird species. With their natural radiance and excellent winter-hardiness, these historic roses as ever deserve a fixed place in our portfolio.