Old-fashioned repeaters

Old-fashioned roses :
Repeat flowering shrubs :
(Bourbons, Portland, Hybrid-perpetuals)

Our select collection of repeat flowing old-fashioned bourbons, portland & hybrid-perpetuals are a very special group of roses dating back to the early 19th century.

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Baron Prevost (1842)

Hybrid perpetual. Large shrub with repeat show of fragrant bright cerise pink blooms. Lovely fragrance. sold out

Baroness Rothschild (1868)

Hybrid Perpetual. Upright bush to 1.2m, less “gawky” than many of this class, more like a Portland in growth. Light pink flowers, lovely scent.  sold out

Comte de Chambord(1858)

Portland. Cups opening to flat flowers with lovely texture and scent in a strong dusky pink. Bush grows upright to 1m. sold out

Duchess of Portland (1782)

The first of the Portland genus of roses, she is purported to be a cross between damascena Quatre Saison and rosa gallica and to look at and observe, this is quite believable but who would know for sure from this long ago. Whatever she is, she is a darling,  with semi double “officianalis” type/colour flowers, with some repeat later in the season   available now

Enfant de France (1860)

Impressive Hybrid Perpetual with big , flat light pink blooms with a marvellous fragrance. Like many of this class is a bit of a gawky grower and does best pegged down or trained along a low fence to produce more blooms sold out


indigoIndigo (1845)

Portland. dark mauve/purple scented bush,good repeat, vigorous. sold out

Jacques Cartier

Portland. Light pink available now

Honorine de Brabant (1916)

Bourbon …part of another of the old rose world mysteries, as it is listed as a Bourbon and, as a sport of Commandant Beaurepaire (1874) which is listed as either a gallica or a Hybrid Perpetual! Never heard of sporting to another class before! In the meantime, whatever she is, she’s a drop dead gorgeous gently striped and deliciously fragrant tall shrub.  sold out

Lady Mary Fitzwilliam (before 1880)

Hybrid Perpetual/Hybrid Tea. Described by all as one of the first Hybrid Teas, to me she is a Hybrid Perpetual through and through. Big light green, sometimes diseased leaves with  large cheerful pink flowers arranged amongst them. sold out

Mme Isaac Pereire (1881)

Climbing Bourbon. A real love or hate rose as she is very OTT in her very large fragrant flowers and bright cerise colour. Can be a little disease prone, but a real non stop flowerer and vigorous grower. sold out

Mme Louis Leveque (1898 )

Moss Hybrid Perpetual. Most of the Moss roses were bred from Damask parents and only flower in the early summer, however this beauty is one of the few repeat flowering Mosses. Her flowers are of soft pink tissue with many petals and a glorious fragrance. Sadly the delicate nature of her petals often results in balling if the weather is wrong. Worth the worry as far as I’m concerned. sold out

Souvenir d’Alphonse Lavaller

Hybrid Perpetual. There is some confusion over some of the dark red H.P.s This one is sometimes mislabelled as Souvenir du Dr Jamain. It is however very different except in flower colour and form. It is a lanky shrub, probably best grown as a climber, with lots of thorns and large leathery leaves. Flower production is very good, especially if trained across so the flowers break out along the branches instead of only at the top. Deep purplish red with a strong perfume. sold out

Souvenir du Dr Jamain (1865)

Hybrid Perpetual , infamous for it’s burning! This weakly but enduring speciman is pleasantly thornless compared with many of this class, has beautiful dark red/purple flowers which require shade from the hot sun to prevent the petals turning brown. sold out

Ulrich Brunner Fils (1881)

Hybrid Perpetual. One of the best of the HPs, if you like bright flowers! Every thing about this rose is big! Tall arching growth, laxer than a lot of this group, better grown as a Climber. It repeats very well for an Old Fashioned rose, producing very bright cerise blooms with abundance and also has a big fragrance. available now

Souvenir de la Malmaison (1843)

Bourbon. Classic blush pink very floriferous and divinely fragrant low bush  sold out