Once flowering roses are having a hard time of things of late, mainly as there are some great repeating roses that do have some great scent as well. But let’s not forget these beautiful roses, some of which, have been around for many hundred if not thousands of years. Yes they may only flower once but that is also a good reason to plant them in our gardens, it’s something positive to look forward to each June, seeing the rose slowly open and that delightful fragrance hitting your nostrils, either from close up or from a distance. These roses also have a flower unlike no other, the shape and the way some of the petals are formed within the flower, some are quartered, some semidouble. The colour range may also be limited to the pinks and reds but does that matter, not too me I may add. But anyway, enough of me singing their praises, you can see for yourself below, with 10 great forms just showing you a little of what they have to offer
Charles de Mills is a famous and well grown form, just look at the flower shape and colour!
Alain Blanchard is one of my favourites too, great for bees the the mottling on the flowers is quite special
There a several stripy galliacas, Camuyeax is one of my favourites
Lycoris with it’s green button eye is quite distinctive
While complicata is one of the daftest named forms, nothing complicated about this rose
Look at the colour of Cosimo Ridolfe
Belle Isis is one of my favourites and just look at her, the Greek goddess
Tuscany also needs no introduction, been around since the 16th century at least
President de Seze is another great form
These were also the first roses to really be hybridised, many by the French but also the English, German and Italian gardeners. This breeding has been going on for hundreds of years and sadly what remains today.
These are also pretty tough roses, Rosa gallica grows naturally in sandy free draining soil so these types will take some poor soils. One word or warning though, on their own roots they do like to spread out a little, well more than a little, so always worth buying budded Plants unless you have a lovely sunny bank on free draining soil you would like covered!
They also pretty disease free, some forms suffer more than others but on the whole they can be pretty black spot and mildew free.
In all that are a cracking plant to grow so why not give them ago