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Delicata (Hybrid Rugosa) 1898. The rich pink, clove-scented blooms of Delicata appear early in spring & continue til fall. Plants are compact, hardy, & disease resistant. Like many rugosas, Delicata produces large colorful hips which can be used for tea or jelly. Photo by GL Carpenter, via Flickr.

Paul's Early Blush (Hybrid Perpetual) 1893. This rare light pink rose was discovered as a sport of the Hybrid Perpetual Heinrich Schultheis (1882). Repeat blooms are double with a strong cinnamon fragrance. Winter hardy plant grows 3 to 4 feet high. Gorgeous photo by nomad123, via Flickr.

Reine des Violettes (Hybrid Perpetual) 1860. The blooms of this regal old favorite can range from tones of pink and lilac to magenta and this mixture produces a lovely smoky effect. A treasure to have in the garden. Repeat bloomer. Photo by 悠遊山城.樹玫瑰.庭園美食., via Flickr.

William Lobb (Moss) 1855. Also known as Old Velvet Moss, the rich mauve blooms of this plant have a classic old rose scent. It is somewhat wiry in growth, in some cases reaching up to 10 or 12 feet in height. Ideal for training on a pillar, but be advised it's quite prickly! This fantastic photo is by Susan Rushton, via Flickr:

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Ulrich Brunner Fils (Hybrid Perpetual) 1882. A rich pink color and very fragrant, this classic rose was quite popular at the turn of the century. Lovely glossy green foliage with few thorns. Grows 6 to 7 ft tall. Disease resistant. Photo taken at Hatanpään Arboretum, Tampere, Finland by Sirpale79.

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Hypericum (St John's Wort) Great shade plant. - Very tough plant, good for dry clay. Grows into a small shrub