Old roses that have stood the test of time have a charm all their own. Their enduring popularity can be a by-product of scent, shape, color, or durability. Many of these might be remembered as the roses in Grandma's garden, if indeed you ever knew their name. Occasionally, a very old rose will survive decades and have large woody stems and giant thorns as a testament to its determined survival.
Depending on the weather and climate, antique roses may be tough and resilient, or susceptible to powdery mildew or the dreaded blackspot. Despite being bred for disease resistance, color and form, few new roses can come close to the incredible perfume of an older rose.
The following is a list of a few old roses arranged by color family.
Reds and Pinks
Salmon and Corals
Peaches, Coppers, and Oranges
For more information, read about growing roses on Demesne.
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