Simple Beauty Rose Series Vol. 3

Rounding up the roses from my 2016 “Simple Beauty Rose Series” and this time, I’ve provided some notes on how they performed in our mountaintop, forested garden. For those of you who are new to this series, here’s how it began: Several years ago, our Pennsylvania garden came down with a really bad case of rose midge. During that time, it was rare to see any blooms at all on our roses. Very depressing. When I did somehow manage to get a flower, I took it’s photo to share with my IG friends, rejoicing in it’s simple beauty. I’ve continued documenting new additions in this way because not only is it fun, it’s helpful to see how the flowers relate to one another in size, shape and color.  This year, you’ll note that some of these are repeats which managed to sneak in again, the saucy little buggers. And some new-to-me roses I forgot to photograph at all (see bottom of post.) The notes I’ve added are strictly from my own experience. We’re on a steep learning curve now that we’re gardening in a forest with warm days, cool evenings and a magnitude of insects. Here we go:

Boscobel Beautiful, changeable colors of pink to peach with strong fragrance. Large blooms. Not a rampant grower and a bit susceptible to blackspot.

Dark Desire Quickly soared to top of list for favorite roses, which surprised me as it’s a Hybrid Tea! Fantastic blooms of deep red to black with strong fragrance. Great disease resistance. This rose was one of the few in our garden that had spider mites.

Ivor’s Rose Reliably disease resistant and strong, lush growth. Mine did not bloom profusely but it’s a relatively young own-root.

Strawberry Hill Well heck, how did this one end up here? I’ve grown this rose for years. It’s an old standby. Blooms from spring to frost.

Old Blush The first rose to bloom in our garden. Shade tolerant. Disease resistant.

The Lady Gardener ? I can’t remember which one this is but I’m pretty sure it’s TLG. Was a bit disappointed with this rose, but again, it’s only in it’s first year in our garden. Blackspotted terribly and didn’t give me many blooms.

Sister Elizabeth Delicate looking shrub (own-root) taking it’s sweet time to get going but flowers are lovely. Some blackspot, nothing major.

Albrighton Rambler Gorgeous pale ivory blooms with sweet button eye. Some blackspot. Blooms in sprays.

Weeping China Doll “Thornless” canes with soft, fern-like foliage. Clusters of medium pink flowers like grapes. Looking lovely in an urn. Some blackspot.

Pierre de Ronsard I shovel pruned our PdeR in our old garden due to excessive blackspot. Trying again in new garden on it’s own roots.

St Swithun A real MVP for 2016. Heavy flush of blooms in spring followed by sporadic flowering for remainder of season. Strong fragrance, great disease resistance. Rampant climber with formidable prickles.

Elie Beauvillain In it’s 2nd year, still not a heavy bloomer. Arching canes and foliage that looks similar to Rêve d’Or. Flowers are a coppery pink like rose gold.

Sombreuil The flowers on this rose are fantastic: large, flattened blooms in a pale ivory to pure white. I also appreciate the foliage which is a lustrous deep green with bluish tint.

Dainty Bess Growing this one own-root and it’s still very small. Still, it produced pretty flowers all summer long. Blackspot prone. Bees loved it.

Felicia and Heritage Not actually growing these, yet, although I did have Heritage at the old garden. Felicia is on my wishlist. These are from the ABRRS garden. Fragrant!

Burgundian Rose In love with this minute Centifolia. Leaves are tiny, buxus like. Flowers are cute as a button.

Ghislaine de Féligonde Whoops another oldie but goodie that ended up here. Give this one room to grow.

Cornelia Still up there as one of my favorites. This is another rose that will get large rather quickly. Flowers are breathtaking in various shades of apple blossom pink and apricot.

James Galway Shade tolerant, incredibly disease resistant. Slow to get going for me but I think next year will be a good one.

Madame Ernest Calvat Oh, I’ve talked about this one enough!  😉

The Generous Gardener Wins the award for most disease resistance in our garden. Leaves are CLEAN. Flowers are highly fragrant but best left on the plant as they shatter quickly in a vase. Produces hips.

Tuscany Superb An old favorite. In the old garden it stayed put, but in this garden, it’s spreading like crazy. I’ve already counted 13 new runners sent out by the mother plant just last summer alone. Maybe it likes the sandier soil?

Lichfield Angel Not sure I’m keeping this rose. It’s terribly black-spotty in our garden, although the flowers are lovely.

Distant Drums Not a strong grower (own-root) and only got one flower this year. It is very pretty, though, and there’s always next year!

Hot Cocoa Flowered reliably all season long in singles and clusters. Really beautiful coloring on this one. Disease resistant. Not very fragrant.

We also grew a handful of other roses that I forgot to take a “simple beauty” photo of!

The new-to-me roses not seen in photos are:

Basye’s Purple If you’re loving deep red to burgundy roses as much as I am, then you’ll appreciate this rose. Disease-free, bee friendly, consistent bloomer. Lovely fall foliage. Prickly as all get-out!

Blush Noisette Remains popular for a reason. Arching shrub with clusters of powder pink flowers. Fragrant. Produces hips. Disease resistant.

Summer Romance See in above photo. Very pretty flowers but I only had a couple last year! It produced a solid looking shrub, though, so I imagine next year will be better. She hopes.

Veilchenblau A classic. Although shade tolerant, I’m totally giving mine too much shade and will probably move it. Showing disease resistance.

Pomponella So glad to have gotten one of these last spring as it was on my wishlist for some time. Growing own-root. Nice flush of blooms from spring to frost. No fragrance to speak of. Good disease resistance.

Benjamin Britten Really love the unusual shade of red on this rose. Fragrant. Some blackspot. Seems to prefers afternoon shade.

Nymphenburg This hybrid musk is simply stunning in shades of warm, pale pink. Fragrant. Produces hips.

Claire Austin Lovely flowers in ivory to white. Fragrant and disease resistant. Produces hips.

Red Smith’s Parish Delicate looking, candy pink blooms “tan” to deep, carmine red. Produces hips.

Clotilde Soupert Susceptible to powdery mildew. Blooms ball in damp weather. The flowers, when they do open, are very pretty.

Ascot Own root and still so itty bitty! Fragrant. Flowers well formed, reddish-purple.

….and a few more still in pots. Until next spring…. 🙂

Take a look at past Simple Beauty Rose Series posts HERE and HERE.


11 thoughts on “Simple Beauty Rose Series Vol. 3

  1. Beautiful! I need to decide on a rose or two to add to my garden this year. I’ve been holding off on adding too many, but I miss them so much. Now, to decide….

    Hope you’re having a lovely, cozy holiday season. I know how much you love Christmas!

    1. Thank you Anne! I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas season, too. Planning roses for spring is one of the best parts of winter, don’t you think? 😉

  2. Your photographs and thoughts on each rose is greatly appreciated. I guess we’re all starting our lists for next spring. Blackspot has never been a problem, but my Ivor’s Rose was literally covered in it by fall – worse by the day. After all the leaves dropped, I raked them out and put them in the trash. I’m hoping it just needs to get a bit more mature. Baffled as to why it only affected that one. It looks healthy otherwise and very large for only 2 years.

    1. Thank you Andrea, I’m glad you liked it! That’s so strange about your Ivor’s rose….I wonder why it was doing that. It’s funny how roses do well in some gardens and not in others. I’ve grown roses that others might rave about that never did well for me, like New Dawn, for example. Hope you’re having a great week! 🙂

  3. I just ordered the Lady of Shalott Rose bushes on their own root systems from Antique Rose Emporium in Texas. I am getting ready to put them in the ground. I wanted disease resistence and the warm peachy & yellow undertones so was excited to be able to find these on their own root systems. I have also ordered the Pinata Climbing roses for another spot on my farm. I am a peachy, orange , yellow person for flowers, even thought in zone 9 the red and pinks in most varieties do better. I lost all my peachy roses last season. It was just too hot and I watered faithfully. thanks for this info. 🙂

  4. Love roses. We haven’t got a South facing wall ( Back gatden)
    Obviously we have to buy nearly everything for shade.
    So annoying, because it stunts the roses much.
    Favourite roses at the moment is Sister Elizabeth, Ice Burg,
    Princess Margeret, Geoff Hamerton, The Fairy.
    Years ago I bought a rose for someone, it was called “Geraldine” I have looked everywhere for another one, but, cannot find it.
    Your photos are exquisite. Thank you for sharing these diamonds with us.
    I have just written a poem “The Velvet Rose” I would like to say I’m a poet. I am humbled to have won third prize for Best of Britain.
    My poems, mainly are about nature. Thank you for reading my comment.
    Regards Geraldine Douglas.

    1. Congratulations on the poetry prize, that is quite an accomplishment!
      I do know what you mean about not having enough sun, it’s what we struggle with here in our new forested garden. I did a little preliminary search for your rose ‘Geraldine’ and it seems there are a few by that name. I am assuming the one you purchased fr your friend was the orange blend Floribunda? If so, HERE is a list of nurseries who say they carry it.
      Thank you for your visit! 🙂

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