Tuesday, February 14, 2012


After David Austin’s success with the English Roses, the House of Meilland followed suit with a series of garden Roses blending the best qualities of Heirlooms with modern Floribundas and Hybrid Teas.  They call this group of roses Romantica Roses.  Romantica Roses are mostly named for notable Europeans.  These new French Roses represent an important expansion of the English Rose style, with astonishing new varieties and versatility that take the concept pioneered by David Austin to an entirely new level from romantic antique to modern Hybrid Teas, from climbers to shrubs with extensive color ranges, nostalgic pastels to vivid hues, wide selection of attractive plant forms, excellent disease resistance, outstanding foliage typical of the Meilland breeding line, old-fashioned fragrance and dependable repeat flowering habit for all seasons color.
For rose lovers who want the charm and fragrance of the Old Garden Roses with their large variety of flower forms but longer blooming period, there are large selections now available.  First, there was David Austin’s English Roses, then other growers started producing roses with the Old Garden Rose characteristics.  One of them is the Meilland Company of  France (developer of the famous Meidiland® family of Landscape Roses).  This year, Alain Meilland of the legendary French rose company, the Meilland Company that boasts six generations of family ownership and hybridizer of the Romantica Roses received the Great Rosarians of the World™ award for 2012.
Here is a list of Romantica Roses that you can incorporate in your garden:
1.    Abbaye de Cluny – HT – Apricot Blend - 1996
2.    Auguste Renoir  - HT – Medium Pink - 1994
3.    Francois Rabelais – F – Medium Red - 1998
4.    Guy de Maupassant – F – Medium Pink – 1996
5.    Jean Giono – HT - Yellow Blend - 1998
6.    Johann Strauss – F - Pink Blend - 1994
7.    Leonaro da Vinci – F - Light Pink - 1994
8.    Michelangelo – HT – Medium Yellow - 1997
9.    Toulouse Lautrec – HT – Medium Yellow - 1994
10. Traviata – HT – Dark Red – 1998

Plant a rose today!  Roses are not difficult to grow contrary to popular belief. Why do you think Roses have been around for millions of years?  They thrive in cemeteries with benign neglect.  All they need are food, water and sunlight.  Just like you and me. 

Here at Rose Gardening World, we want to help you grow Beautiful Roses!  We’ll educate you about the Rose - our National Floral Emblem and the state flower of several states.  At Rose Gardening World, you’ll find Rose Gardening Tips, Rose Growing Advice, Planning a Rose Garden, Rose Descriptions, Where to Buy Roses, Where to see Rose Gardens, Rose Culture, Rose History, Rose Events, Rose Verses are all here in one place. 

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  1. Love Garden Roses!

  2. Jenny,
    Thanks for dropping by. Garden Roses make the garden special.


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