flowers Westerland. Climbing Floribunda Rose.

If you’ve never seen it, take a look at the divine Google Images. Each photo says it all …

Orange, apriclot, pink Westerland Rose. A Fragrant Floribunda Climber.
The Glorious Clustered Rosa Westerland.
Westerland was introduced in 1969 by Kordes in Germany. It is a tough, hardy, reliable, vigorous, fragrant climbing rose. The strong perfume is a spicy clove scent, and it has adorable ruffled apricot to orange flowers, tinged with pink, which are large and borne in clusters. The blooms are 5 inches across – huge – with up to 30 petals or more (I counted 35 on mine). It will reach 12 feet in height and its flexible canes make it so easy to train.

I cannot speak highly enough of this special rose. It is so cheery and ‘blooms forever’. Its dark green foliage sets it off perfectly. It flowers repeatedly from spring, right through summer and into autumn. Most of the year. One of the longest flowering periods for a rose. Perfect for Autralia. And on top of this it is highly disease resistant and it will even tolerate some shade. Read more on its own page: Westerland Rose.

Aloha. Hybrid Tea Rose.

Rapperswil – Duftrosengarten – Harmonie Aloha Str. Boerner 1949 2010-08-29 16-06-44
This beautiful fragrant climbing rose has been delighting rose lovers since 1949 and is still hugely popular today; not to be confused with the Kordes ‘Aloha’ rose which is orange yellow. It has very large flowers, 5 inches across, which are rose pink fading to light pink, each one with 60 or more petals which become delightfully ruffled as it opens out; the reverse side is a darker pink. They are produced in very attractive clusters.

The foliage is perfect: a dark glossy green. It will grow to 10 or 12 feet in height and can be easily trained, or just left to grow up a fence or a wall with very little pruning. This is a low maintenance fragrant rose climber which is vigorous and so hardy that you can’t kill it with an axe. It flowers repeatedly from early summer to mid autumn. It has excellent disease resistance and is even shade tolerant.

Buff Beauty. Hybrid Musk Rose.
Rosa ‘Buff Beauty’
This beautiful fragrant climbing rose looks like an Old Noisette Rose because one of its parents came from that beautiful class of roses (1875). It also has the classic dependable characteristics of strong fragrance (tea rose), hardiness and disease resistance. It will even tolerate some heat and some shade.

One of the best ever Hybrid Musk Roses, the blooms are 3 to 4 inches across with 45 or more petals, and droop in heavy clusters, so you can surround yourself with fragrance and beauty. The foliage is mid green and it will grow to a height of up to 12 feet. It was first bred in 1939, so it is a well tested old favourite among the fragrant rose climbers.

It is a repeat bloomer all summer long, with beautifully arching canes. David Austin describes this rose as “One of the finest of the Hybrid Musks, bearing flowers of a rich lovely apricot-yellow and having a strong Tea Rose fragrance.” Also available as a shrub rose to 5 feet.

Blush Noisette. Very Old Noisette Rose.

Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’
Blush Noisette is a very old reliable fragrant climbing rose, first bred around 1815 and still hugely popular today. It will bloom all through summer and into autumn until the first frost. In warmer climate zones it will bloom even earlier. It is a repeat bloomer with a strong spicy clove scent. It has beautiful blooms from 2 to 3 inches across in blushing pink fading to white. These appear in clusters; the dark green foliage sets off the pale flowers beautifully. See the Google Images. Amazing.

Like all the old Noisettes, it is vigorous and hardy, with good disease resistance. The canes are long, smooth and arching, making it ideal for training over a pergola, around a verandah, as a pillar rose or on a trellis, just about anywhere you can think of. It will grow to a height of 10 feet or more.
Heirloom Roses Are Very Old But Not So Hard To Find.

Rosa ‘La France’

Heirloom Roses, also known as Antique Roses, are defined as any roses belonging to a class of old roses which existed before the introduction of the first Modern Rose, ‘la France’, in 1867 (see photo above). Alternative terms for this group include heritage, historic, old roses, antique and old garden roses.

They are all the same, although some experts refer to all old roses as being those roses which are 100 years old or more. That is fine for now, but in 50 years time, there may be a problem. So I go for 1867 as the cut off point. The term ‘cultivar’ simply means a cultivated product of a variety (wild) rose or a cultivated variety rose.

The original heirloom roses came from Europe or the Mediterranean. They only bloom once in a season but they are worth having in your garden because of their fragrance and the fact that they have more petals than the old species or wild roses which only have five petals. Also they are tough and relatively disease free. On the downside, they will only bloom on stems from the previous years.

However, when the China and Tea Roses came from Asia about 1800, they were cross-bred (hybridized) so that they would bloom on any new growth, not just on the old stems (or canes) and most importantly, they would quite often flower more than just the once, spreading their flowering season from Spring through Summer and even into Autumn. Roses which do this were and are the ultimate in the rose world, especially if they are fragrant. These roses were ideal to breed from.

All roses can be classified into three main types: Wild or Single Roses,? Old or Heirloom Roses and Modern Roses. The wild roses are in a class of their own, but the old roses and the modern rose types are further divided into different groups according to their parentage (even if this is a bit vague). The following groups I have sorted according to their age, which I think is very important, considering just how long they have been around.

Heirloom Roses and Modern Roses.
Most of the Heirloom Roses or Antique Roses are classified into one of the following groups. The Modern Roses alongside give us some perspective of where they all fit: