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Old Garden Roses

The term "old roses" refers to a number of garden varieties that reached the limits of their development many years ago and have been largely superseded by newer types. Today they are grown for their historic significance (some were used for perfume and medicine as far back as the days of the Roman Empire), or as contrasts to newer roses, or to complement the period architecture of a home. But they are well worth growing for their own virtues. Most are hardy and require little maintenance, surviving even if neglected, and many grow in gracefully arching bushes that need little pruning. They are generally more fragrant than modern roses and many have striking and often heavy scents. Old roses are available from several nurseries but usually must be ordered by mail.

Courtesy of Time Life Plant Encyclopeadia