Heirloom Roses: Zephirine Drouhin

Heirloom Roses: Zephirine Drouhin

Roses that have perfume, re-bloom, and withstand winters are top of the list for good garden roses. This heirloom rose, ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ has those qualities in spades. Flowers in clear cherry pink exude a raspberry scent. History of Zephirine Drouhin...

Antique Heirlooms: The Old Garden Roses

One of the gardens I most love to visit in the late spring is the the old garden roses section of the Whetstone Park of Roses. Like valued heirlooms rescued from oblivion, these antiques are now appreciated for qualities that had been lost to gardeners for a time....
Hansa Rose

Hansa Rose

Hardy Rugosa Rose I almost didn’t buy the Hansa rose, but I was looking for a tough survivor to weather the worst of our Ohio winters, a plant that had disease resistance and -as always- good fragrance. What is a rose without its sweet perfume? Why are many...
Heirloom Roses for your Ohio Garden

Heirloom Roses for your Ohio Garden

A year with unusually cold temperatures is a good one to discuss hardiness of roses, and additions of Old Roses to your garden, because it has been so frigidly cold. Just because a rose is an heirloom does not always mean it is hardy enough for your climate. I found...
Blanc Double de Coubert Rose

Blanc Double de Coubert Rose

Next to Thérèse Bugnet Rose, ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ is one of the hardiest, loveliest, of the rugosa roses. It has withstood every blast of wind and frozen temperature that the west side of my garden can muster, yet dependably blooms with...