Old-fashioned roses :
Once flowering shrub :
Damask, alba, gallica & centifolia & moss
Our collection of true old-fashioned damask, alba, gallica, centifolia & moss varieties that have been treasured by rose growers, great and humble, throughout Europe and the world, for hundreds of years. These grow in bush, shrub or short climber forms. Most flower just the once in late spring to early summer, but because they spend the whole season building up to the show, it is a magnificent one. Making flowers is very hard work for plants, so only having to do it once means they can thrive with less food and water than the greedy repeat flowerers. Most of these roses have very attractive foliage and hips which keep them interesting when not flowering.
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Gallica. Charming old-fashioned purple flowers cover this vigorous bush in early spring. One of the first roses to bloom. Very easy to grow, beautiful perfume, and suckers freely, so plenty of bits to give away!available now
Gallica She makes a sprawling bush or short climber, with multitudes of very double tissuey soft pink and white flowers with a divine scent in early summer. A once flowerer, but certainly worth the wait .sold out
Gallica. I always really enjoyed this rose as a grafted bush in Auckland. It was a tidy bush under 1m with very few thorns and lovely violet purple flat blooms. Strong gallica perfume. Since I moved to the Waikato I’m growing a cutting from the original bush Already after only 1 full season growing it is a lanky arching shrub of 1.5m. Oh dear, need to make the garden bigger… available soon
Charles de Mills (before 1786)
Gallica. very flat red/purple flowers in early summer on a suckering shortish bush. Available now
Gallica. Giant arching shrub or small climber with masses of beautiful , huge single pink and white blooms. It has distinctive yellow stamens which really set off the flowers. It is very fast growing. Available now.
This rose is a gallica x multiflora rose and has definitely inherited the best traits from both it’s parents. A plant that is almost thornless and grows like a weed but to all intents and purposes looks and smells like a gallica! A wonderful sprawling bush studded with superb lilac pink very double flowers. Can be prone to blackspot after flowering. Available now
Damask. This shrub is a vigorous grower and produces strong pink flowers with the usual delightful swirled form of most of the damasks, The duc has a special signature though…often he produces blooms that are missing a “bite”of their circle. Technically deformed of course, but I prefer to think of them as character blooms! David Austinn’s William Shakespeare 1987 does the same thing. Available now
Centifolia. Large shrub, nearly thornless. Once flowerer, late spring. Lovely mid pink flowers, gorgeous scent, great to pick. available soon
Damask. Big lax shrub that covers itself in clusters of clear pink lovely smelly roses! Longer show than most oncers, 6-8 weeks.available now
Gallica. Large strong bush with lovely but small, button eyed purple rosettes. available now
Centifolia. Sprawling, prickly bush that is not very attractive in itself but is worth growing it for the delicate beauty of its flowers – tissue paper petals of delicate pink and white stripes with delicious scent. It is a once flowerer in early summer. sold out
Damask. This rose makes quite a big bush and flowers in mid/late November for quite an extended period.The flowers are very tight packed rosettes with a button eye in a strong slightly salmon pink. Not available this season
Moss. The bush is medium sized, a bit on the straggly side, flowers strong pink with good “mossing” and scent. Not available this season.
Mme Hardy (1831)
Damask. Pure white flat rosettes with a green button eye. A very beautiful rose but quite vicious! One of my favourite ever rose quotes about this one…Jack Harkness , I believe, once said “I would rather have 1 bloom of Mme Hardy than a whole field of Iceberg” A little hard on Iceberg I feel, as it is a lovely rose!! sold out
Alba. Flat double pure white flowers with beautiful perfume open from fat red tinted buds. A big lax shrub or can easily be persuaded to climb. Very few thorns and very hardy. Seems to tolerate some shade better than most. Once flowering, but her attractive foliage and growth makes her an asset in the garden..sold out
Pompom De Bourgogne (c. 1664)
Centifolia.Miniature. Only about a foot high, this lovely little rose is covered in purple, old fashioned, pompom flowers in late spring. It has few thorns and is suitable for containers or the smaller garden and even as a low hedge or feature..available now
Rosa Mundi (pre 1581)
GallicaThis is one of our favourite gallicas. It is a low shrub with pinky, red and white striped, double flowers. Every flower is different, making a charming effect. Although it is a once flowerer, it suckers happily and the new suckers often flower as soon as they have grown, surprising you with lovely flowers later in the season. This is one gallica that really thrives in our Auckland climate..available soon
Gallica / Centafolia cross. Medium large bush with attractive arching branches. Flowers vary from pink to dark purple. Usual beautiful gallica scent. Flowers early in the season. available soon
Tuscany Superb (pre 1800)
Gallica. The flowers truly are superb. This has all the normal gallica features on a tidy bush with only minor bristles. Seems to do well in Auckland compared to some of the others which prefer a colder climate.Available now.