We love Antique Roses and you will too if you haven’t tried them yet. Here are some things you should know about these easy-to-grow roses. This information was provided by the Antique Rose Emporium located in Independence, Texas (near Brenham).
Why should I consider growing antique roses? Here is what we have found: Old garden roses are time-tested survivors. Many have resided in old neighborhoods and cemeteries happily growing with no care from human hands. They are tougher and more resilient than modern roses that were produced mainly for cut flowers or exhibition purposes.
Where can I plant my roses? We have found that these roses are best when planted in gardens with other plants like perennials, annuals and herbs. They have diverse shapes and sizes both in plant and flower which give them infinite uses as landscape and garden plants. They are not happy relegated to the rectangular flowerbeds, “prisons” in which most modern Hybrid Teas reside. Full sun exposure is best.
When, how and what do I feed my roses? We have found that using organic based fertilizers has been beneficial in promoting the appearance, duration and sustainability of our gardens. Our philosophy of “feed the soil” so the soil can feed the plants has worked best for us. Use mulches derived from native barks on established gardens, add composted manures or leaf mold to existing soil before planting new plants. This can be done year round.
Is there a right or wrong way to prune roses? Unlike modern roses which require rigorous and exacting pruning methods, our selection of antique roses are much more forgiving. Pruning shrub roses requires little more than just “shaping” the bush to fit into the garden setting it shares with its other companions. We do this every early spring and fall to help promote blooms.
Do these roses have a fragrance? The fragrance of many of these roses is much more apparent than of modern roses. Fragrance adds to the enjoyment of these roses often stimulating a memory or creating an emotional tie for future memories. Roses vary in fragrance but some hints you will find are citrus, fresh tea leaves, green apple, pepper, raspberries and myrrh.
What are EarthKind roses? The EarthKind roses are an attempt to promote success, as screened by the Texas Agrilife Service through Texas A&M University. Roses originally selected from our stock were chosen for this program. It is an ongoing testing program and many more roses will likely share this accolade.