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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.

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    Alain Blanchard (Hybrid Gallica) 1839. The blooms of this striking rose start out a mix of purple and crimson and then deepen to shades of mauve/violet with the most unique little pale spots... A really interesting flower! Grows up to 4 ft tall. Winter hardy & disease resistant. Photo by "twohuskies" at Gardenweb: forums.gardenweb....

    La Reine (Hybrid Perpetual) 1842. A grand addition to any cottage garden, La Reine will enchant you with luscious medium pink blooms and a heady, old rose aroma all summer long. Grows up to 4 ft tall. More gorgeous photos & info at Hedgerow Rose:

    Great Maiden's Blush (Alba) Prior to 1738. Also known as Cuisse de Nymphe, this rose has been known since the 14th century. Creamy white blooms blush to soft pink as the flower matures. Disease resistant, shade tolerant, and very fragrant. Image from Heirloom Roses: www.heirloomroses...

    Devoniensis - Fantastic heritage rose plant from an historic cemetery & a superb example of just how big and beautiful Devoniensis can get! Image by Jeri Jennings. Learn more about growing "The Magnolia Rose" here: forums.gardenweb....

    Devoniensis (Tea) 1838. Very double, pale pink to creamy white flowers combine with an exquisite tea fragrance to produce a delightful garden showpiece. Vigorous climber grows up to 15 ft tall. Devoniensis does best in warmer climates. Image from Rogue Valley Roses: www.roguevalleyro...

    Reine Victoria (Bourbon) 1872. The wonderfully fragrant cupped pink blooms of this regal beauty will brighten your garden from early spring through fall. They also make excellent cut flowers. The plant is quite hardy, growing 6 to 7 feet tall. An old fashioned classic. Photo by Osakana Feelingood, 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.

    Belle de Crecy (Hybrid Gallica). Introduced before 1829. This rose is pink when it first opens, but finishes with marvelous mauve hues that will knock your socks off! For a superb garden color combination, plant Belle de Crecy with Madame Hardy and Camaieux. Photo from

    Belle de Crecy (Hybrid Gallica). Introduced before 1829. This rose is pink when it first opens, but finishes with marvelous mauve hues that will knock your socks off! Shrubby plant grows to about 4 feet. Photo from Tuscan Rose: ramblingrose.type...

    Shailer's Provence (Centifolia) Introduced before 1799. This delightful pink rose blooms only once a year, but the bloom lasts a long time. Very fragrant, with few thorns. Photo by Connie, at forums2.gardenweb...

    What is a Hybrid Gallica? Sometimes referred to as the "Mad Gallicas" due to their often wild colors, the Gallicas are one of the oldest bred rose families. Gallicas are usually quite fragrant (with a few exceptions). The plants are small (about 3 to 4 feet), once blooming, and winter hardy. Illustration: Rosa gallica Evêque by Redouté.

    Madame Caroline Testout (Hybrid Tea) 1890. This distinguished old beauty is still considered one of the finest pink Hybrid Teas out there. The delicate flowers are large, slightly globular, and have a distinctive silvery hue. Grows 5-7 feet tall. Very Hardy.

    Camaieux (Hybrid Gallica) 1830. This striped rose blooms only once a year, but what a show! The large blossoms vary from white to blush with distinct stripes of rose that gradually give way to luscious mauve and violet hues. For a truly glorious cottage garden combination, plant Camaieux with Madame Hardy and Belle de Crecy. Photo by Ben Grantham.

    Zephirine Drouhin (Bourbon) 1868. A beautiful little climber with a delicate yet rich scent and no thorns. Photo by Tkiya, via Flickr.

    Zephirine Drouhin (Bourbon) 1868. This bright pink beauty can be used as a large shrub or small climber. Good for plantings close to walkways and in small spaces because it has no thorns. Repeat bloomer. Grows 6-8 ft tall. Photo by vtgard, via Flickr.

    What is a Bourbon rose? Bourbons are thought to have been a result of natural cross-breeding between China and Damask roses on the Isle de Bourbon (Reunion Island) in the Indian Ocean. First introduced to France around 1820, these repeat bloomers are known for their heady fragrances and vigorous growth habits. (Illustration is of Gruss an Teplitz from The Old Rose Advisor by Brent C. Dickerson.)

    Yolande d'Aragon (Portland) 1843. An easy and rewarding rose to grow. Produces very fragrant, deep pink to mauve blooms all summer long. Disease-resistant. Photo from Organic Garden Dreams Blog.

    Variegata di Bologna (Bourbon) 1909. There are plenty of striped roses to choose from, but none quite like this glorious heirloom. Clusters of 3 to 5 buds open to large, cupped, very double white flowers with dark magenta or purple stripes. Train this on a fence or wall for a unique garden beauty that will stop visitors in their tracks. Grows 5-8 ft tall. Photo by Hamachidori.

    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.

    Nastarana (Noisette) 1879. This rose has a well-deserved reputation for fragrance! Produces exquisitely perfumed clusters of 10-20 semi-double white blooms in every season but winter. Grows 3-4 ft tall. Photo by John A Starnes, from the Rosegasm blog.

    What is a Rugosa Rose? Native to Asia, this rose species makes an excellent ornamental shrub. Simple but fragrant flowers in spring are followed by large colorful hips in summer & fall. Foliage is glossy & distinctively wrinkled. Image: 1960s Pink Grootendorst Rose Flower, Vintage Print by earlybirdsale, $8.00

    Katharina Zeimet (Polyantha) 1901. This compact little rose produces profusions of elegant white blooms borne in clusters. Grows up to 4 ft tall and makes a great container plant. Photo taken at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens by Kate Wrightson.

    Irish Elegance (Hybrid Tea) 1905. Despite being highly rated by the American Rose Society and by many gardeners, this lovely orange & apricot colored rose isn't seen very often. A vigorous plant that enjoys a bit of sun. Ideal for California gardens. Image by Sue Brown. For more info on growing this rose, please visit Dave's Garden:

    White Pet (Polyantha) 1879. A sport of the famous Felicite et Perpetue, White Pet is a great rose for containers or for making a low hedge in a cottage garden. This is a hardy shrub that produces bloom after bloom of compact yet delightful white flowers. Grows from 2 to 2.5 feet tall. Image from the wonderful Burford Garden Company based in England. Be sure to visit their site!

    Old Blush (Hybrid China) First brought to Europe from Asia in 1752, this rose & other early Chinas not only provided a foundation for countless wonderful rose varieties to come, but it showed European gardeners the benefits of having roses that bloom throughout the year, instead of just once! It was a welcome introduction back in 1752 & it's a wonderful addition to the garden now. This a hardy plant that requires minimal care.