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Santa Barbara Rose Garden
San Marcos Growers grows many different plants and often we are thought of as growing only the plants from mediterranean climates, grasses, or New Zealand Flax but we also grow a fair number of roses. From our own experience and from the input of local nursery and landscape professionals we have selected to grow varieties that flourish in our coastal California climate; rewarding the gardener with ample flowers without the burden of pests and disease so prevalent to this group of plants. Most of our roses are grown on their own roots, the exceptions being those that have plant patents and are produced for us by nurseries licensed to propagate them. We believe firmly that the roses we grow perform better on their own roots and have a demonstration planting comparing a grafted Rosa 'Iceberg' to one on its own roots to demonstrate this. We have plantings of roses throughout the nursery, their locations are noted within the descriptive text of each variety.  The following list is divided into climbing and shrub categories. Hardiness ratings are based on the USDA Hardiness Zone Map. The descriptions are based on our own experinces growing roses and from researching the many fine refernce books and web site that are availabele. See our Reference List to learn more about these and other roses.

This page lists all of the roses that we grow in Alphabetical order. We also have seperate lists that divide these roses into the following categories:

Shrub Roses

Vine Roses

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Rosa 'Altissimo'® - Red large flowered climber (1966)
This climbing Floribunda was introduced by the French firm Delbard-Chabert in 1966 after receiving the Certificate of Merit from England's National Rose Society in 1965. 'Altisimo' is one of the most stunning roses that we grow; a real traffic stopper when the large flat single (sometimes semi-double) blood red and well spaced clusters of flowers burst into bloom against the dark-green shiny foliage. Although not particularly fragrant, the abundance of flowers and its repeat blooming easily makes up for its lack of scent. Useful as an espaliered climber, a pillar plant or free standing as a broad spreading shrub. Disease resistant, 'Altissimo' grows rapidly with angular growth to 8 to 10 feet tall by 5-6 feet wide and is hardy from USDA zones 5 through 9. In Santa Barbara this rose typically begins blooming in late March and keeps on going through fall. Parentage: 'Tenor' (Large-flowered Climber - 1963) x unknown seedling. Our showy specimen of 'Altisimo' can be seen espaliered on the fence behind our main office. It received the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Hardy to zones 4-9. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.

Rosa 'Anemone' - Pink Rosa laevigata hybrid (1895)
Rosa 'Anemone' or Rosa anemonoides and R. sinica 'Anemone' as it has also been previously known, is a pink flowering evergreen hybrid climber that can grow to 12 feet tall. It was bred by J. Schmidt of Erfurt, Germany in 1895 and is presumed to be a cross between the white, single flowered Cherokee Rose, R. laevigata and a Tea Rose. For this reason it is often called 'Pink Cherokee', and although it has the vigor of R. laevigata, it is much more open and its foliage more dainty. In early spring a profusion of lightly fragrant large clear pink single flowers erupts from the glossy foliage. The flower petals are lightly veined with a deeper pink, are paler on the reverse side and surround a crown of golden stamens. The bloom period extends through mid-spring and is often followed by a rebloom in the early summer. A large specimen of Rosa 'Anenome' can be seen at our nursery on our back fence behind the main greenhouse. Zones 5-9. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.


Rosa 'Ballerina' Hybrid Musk (1937)
With single, pink-and-white blossoms the flowers on this rose could almost be mistaken for those of an apple tree. Classified a hybrid musk 'Ballerina' was introduced by J.A. Bentall in 1937 and is of unknown parentage. The team of Ann and John Bentall who tutored under Joseph Pemberton were by now quite well regarded having already introduced 'Buff Beauty' and 'The Fairy' and much of there work revolved around the Pemberton Hybrid Musks. 'Ballerina' forms a 5 to 6 ft. tall shrub with arching canes covered with rich light green leaves and a continuous prolific display of small single blossoms in domed clusters. The lightly fragrant blush flowers, white in the center and deepening to pink at the edges, are followed by tiny orange-red hips. An excellent plant for a container planting, border or hedge where their long trusses of blooms can be appreciated. Blooms well in bright indirect light. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Hardy to zones 4-9. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.

Rosa banksiae var. banksiae [R. b. 'Alba Plena'] White Banksia (1807)
The first form of R. banksiae to be described was this double, white flowered form that blooms in early to mid spring and is strongly scented of violets. It is thornless and can grow to enormous proportion, easily covering a small building or home. It was introduced to Kew Botanic Garden from Canton in 1807 by William Kerr and was named after the wife of the Sir Joseph Banks, then director of Kew. That this plant can grow to large proportions is evidenced by what is thought to be the largest plant of Rosa banksiae var. banksiae in the world. This plant can be found in the old mining town of Tombstone, Arizona where it covers 8,000 square feet of a courtyard. Hardy to zones 4-10.

Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'- Lady Bank's Yellow Rose (1824)
This thornless climbing wild rose reliably produces copious amounts of lightly scented small double butter-yellow blooms that will drape like blankets and garlands over all shrubs or buildings in its path. It was officially introduced in 1824 from China by John Parks but apparently had been observed growing in a Botanic Garden in Calcutta prior to this. Thought to be the hardiest of the R. banksiae although some think it may be an ancient hybrid with a Tea Rose. This large plant can be grown as a large mounding plant, as a climber or contained as hedge if pruned just after spring bloom. A large specimen of this rose can be seen in our nursery clambering up a blue gum along our back fence. Zones 4-10.

Rosa 'Belle Portugaise' - Bell of Portugal Climbing Hybrid Tea (1903)
A large (15-30 ft) vigorous climbing hybrid tea rose with glossy dropping foliage and large pink flowers. Produced by Henri Cayeux at the Lisbon Botanic Garden in Portugal in 1903 it is a cross of R. gigantea with 'Reine Marie Henriette', a hybrid climbing tea rose. In late spring going into early summer the long pointed buds open into large (4-6") loose flesh pink flowers. The R. gigantea parentage makes this rose to tender for colder locations but this is a great rose for mild climates. Although it is prone to mildew the plants seem not to suffer adversely and this detriment can be somewhat overlooked in light of its virtues. Large plants can climb into trees and then cascade down elegantly - a stunning site.

Rosa 'Buff Beauty'- Apricot hybrid musk (1939)
This rose was raised and introduced in 1939 by Anne and John Bentall and is thought to possibly be one of the original Pemberton Roses. Its parentage is listed as 'William Allen Richardson' a Noisette bred in 1878 crossed with a seedling. 'Buff Beauty' is categorized as Hybrid Musk, with the Noisette heritage of this beautiful apricot-buff colored rose showing up in both the perfumed fragrance and the larger many petaled flowers. The dark red new shoots, bronze new foliage and thick dark green leaves are additional features that typify the versatility of this plant; it can be grown as a low wide growing shrub or as the an elegant pillar rose. Rosa 'Buff Beauty' repeat blooms well, even in indirect light, fading rapidly to ivory-cream in bright, full sun. Its floral display improves with each year that the plant is established. We so like 'Buff Beauty' that we have planted it in several location within our nursery, our oldest plant is in the main nursery garden and others adorn fence lines behind our accounting office and main shadehouse. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Hardy to zones 4-9.

David Austin in his book Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses says of this rose: "One of the finest of the Hybrid Musks, bearing flowers of a rich lovely apricot-yellow and having a strong Tea Rose fragrance."


Rosa californica
Rosa californica, the California Wild Rose, is an attractive native California shrub that can eventually form large spiney thickets from suckering roots. It has compound dark green leaves (to 7 leaflets) and beautiful 1 1/2 wide fragrant bright pink flowers that open from long pointed buds. Flowering commences here in late April and continues on through mid summer. In the cooler bay area blooming can begin as late as June. Flowering is followed by bright red hips to 1/2 inch in diameter. In fall there are often both flowers and hips on display. Although native to cool shaded canyons this plant thrives and blooms better in full sun when given adequate water. Can be also very useful in dry light shade where it requires little to no suplemental irrigation. R. californica seems immune to mildew and rust, diseases that plague culitvated roses. Hardy to USDA zones 5-10. This is a variable species of rose that grows in the Western United States; our plants were selected for flower color and fragrance from wild stands in the Santa Barbara foothills where it is found in association with poison oak and coast live oak.

Rosa Cl. 'Cécile Brünner' - Pink climbing polyantha (1894)
Discovered in the US by Hosp in 1894, this is an aggressive climbing sport of 'Cécile Brünner' (Veuve-Ducher-1881), the polyantha rose with perfect little pink buds that earned the nickname "The Sweetheart Rose". This climbing form with slightly larger foliage and flowers can grow as tall as 25 feet with support. It has become one of the most popular roses in cultivation and although it reblooms less than the shrub form, still puts on a strong display in spring of lightly fragrant flowers that look like tiny, high centered hybrid tea roses. It is long-lived, disease resistant and tolerates everything from poor soil, reclaimed water and full sun to partial shade. A beautiful specimen of this rose can be viewed at our nursery growing along a fence near the water tank. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1994. Hardy to zones 4-9.

Rosa 'Cocktail' - Red blend shrub rose (1957)
This Meilland rose was created in 1957 by crossing the hybrid of Rosa 'Independence' (Orange-red & orange-red blend floribunda - 1951) and 'Orange Triumph' (Medium red floribunda- 1937) with Rosa 'Phyllis Bide' (A yellow/pink blend climbing polyantha/ rambler - 1923). Flowering continuously through summer, this bright rose has clusters of single golden-eyed cherry-red flowers that age so the red intensifies and the yellow fades to cream. The character of the plant is that of an upright shrub, 6 feet tall by 4 ft. wide, with thorny stems and numerous green, deeply serrated leaves. It can used as a hedging rose or can also be used as a stiff climber growing to 8 ft. or more supported by a fence or other plants. This tough disease resistant rose was once more common in gardens and is ready to make a comeback. A specimen of this rose can be seen at our nursery growing near the back entrance to the accounting office. Hardy to zones 4-9. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.

Rosa 'Cornelia' - Apricot to pink hybrid musk (1925)
This Hybrid Musk rose was raised by Pemberton in 1925 but the parentage was undocumented although some guess that it is possibly a seedling of 'Aglaia' or closely related to 'Trier', the parent roses of the Hybrid Musk class. It is a vigorous and floriferous rose, growing up to 8 feet tall with long graceful arching canes covered by dark shiny foliage. The dainty coral buds are first evident in early summer and open as small formal rosette shaped flowers of a creamy pink with a rich musky aroma. In fall the bloom is generally stronger than the spring bloom, bringing longer trusses and larger flowers with a deepening of the apricot hue that is only hinted at in the earlier flush. 'Cornelia' is a very fine climber, but can also be grown as a specimen plant in the open where its showy growth and flowers can be fully appreciated. A beautiful specimen of 'Cornelia' can be seen at our nursery gracing a free standing fence near the water garden. Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Hardy to zone 4-10. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.


Rosa 'Francis E. Lester' - Pink & white hybrid musk (1946)
This rambling hybrid Musk or multiflora rambler as it is categorized by Peter Beales, was introduced by Francis Lester in 1946. It is a cross between an unnamed seedling the very popular hybrid musk Rosa 'Kathleen' (1922). It grows up to about 15 feet tall with bushy growth with glossy elegant foliage. In late spring into early summer there is a profusion of flowers, which are pink in bud, fading to white when opened, and are very pleasantly fragrant. Small red hips are produced in fall. A great rose trained up a post or wall. This was one of the first of the more unusual climbing roses that we now grow. Bruce Van Dyke, a local Santa Barbara horticulturist has had a plant in his garden since the late 1950's. The plant performed admirably every year and he lamented to us of its absence in the trade so in 1983 we took cuttings and by 1984 were offering this beautiful rose for sale. A large specimen graces the front fence across from our main entrance. Hardy to zones 4-9. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.

David Austin in his book Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses says of this rose: "One of the surest and most reliable of the rambler roses."


Rosa 'Happenstance' - Yellow dwarf sport of R. . Mermaid. (1950?)
This rose, also known as 'Baby Mermaid' is a bit of a mystery and its origins are argued about by some. The 1997 Combined Rose List by Beverly Dobson and Peter Schneider lists it as a hybrid bracteata by virtue of it being a root sport of 'Mermaid' and credits the plant as being introduced by Buss in the 1950's. Since this time it has proven itself in gardens throughout California. The attractive small leaves foil the large canary-yellow flowers that can be found in abundance from spring through fall with seemly some flowers year-round in Santa Barbara's frost free climate. It can grow as a tall and blocky shrub to 6 feet tall or with judicial pruning kept to a mounding 3 foot shrub. Hardy to zones 5-9.


Rosa 'Iceberg' - White cluster flower floribunda (1958)
'Iceberg', also known as 'Fée des Neiges', is a repeat rebloming floribunda was bred by Kordes in Germany and is the result of a cross between a 'Robin Hood', a Pemberton bred hybrid musk (1927) and 'Virgo' a large flowered hybrid tea rose(1947). Its ever present double white flowers, often with a flush of pink in spring and fall, are lightly fragrant. The flowers are medium sized in large clusters and open wide then fall cleanly from the plant. The plant itself is makes a strong trouble free shrub that is bushy and well branched with smooth slender stems and glossy rich green foliage. 'Iceberg' can build up to 6-7 feet tall or be lightly pruned to maintain a 4 foot height. This rose has won many awards including the National Rose Society Gold Medal in 1958, the Baden-Baden Gold Medal in 1958, the ADR Anerkannte Deutsche Rose (Germany) in 1960, the World's Favorite Rose in 1983 and the Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit. Zones 4-9.

David Austin in his book Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses says of this rose: "This is probably the best rose to come out of the Floribunda class."

Rosa Cl. 'Iceberg' - White climber (1968)
This climber or climbing floribunda was discovered in England by Cant in 1968 as a sport of the very popular R. 'Iceberg'. It has the shrub form's many good qualities with the additional elegant longer growth of a climber, reaching up to 10 feet tall with climbing shoots that are nearly thornless. Its ever present double white flowers, often with a flush of pink in spring and fall, are lightly fragrant. The flowers are medium sized in large clusters and open wide then fall cleanly from the plant. Although uncommon, it has been reported that this form can revert back to shrub form. With the vigorous growth also comes the task of an occasional hard pruning to control size and mass of branching growth. Noted by many to be one of the best Climbing Floribunda roses. Hardy to zones 4-9. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.


Rosa 'Joseph's Coat'Ò - Red-orange Climber (1964)
This repeat-flowering rose is considered a small climber or a tall floribunda. It has large multicolored yellow and red blend double flowers that open nearly flat to expose the stamens in the middle. . Joseph. s Coat. was introduced by Armstrong and Swim in 1964 and is a cross between Rosa 'Buccaneer (Yellow grandiflora -1952) and R. 'Circus' (Yellow blend floribunda -1956). It received the National Rose Society Trial Ground Certificate in 1963 and the Bagatelle Gold Medal in 1964. This is a fantastic rose, greeting spring with a riot of color and repeating well throughout the summer. One of our all time favorites! Hardy to zones 4-10.


Rosa laevigata - Cherokee Rose - White climber (1759)
Anyone visiting our nursery in late March and early April marvels at the profuse flowering of the huge Rosa laevigata that drapes over one of our nursery buildings. This big evergreen climber, native to Southern China and Taiwan, can reach 30 feet or more, climbing and clambering using hooked thorns on the stems and bristles on the smaller branches. It can also grow as a free standing 5 ft. tall shrub with no support. The leaves are shiny bright green and leathery in texture. The 4 inch wide single pure white flowers are borne in profusion in early spring. The petals drop cleanly leaving the star like sepal which are followed later in the year by orange-red bristly hips. Although Chinese in origin it has naturalized elsewhere, especially in the southeastern United States and it was first botanically described from Georgia, where it is now the state flower. In cultivation in England the species is too tender to thrive, being cut to the ground by hard frosts, and flowering poorly. In the south of France it grows well, flowering in April. Zones 4-10. The pale pink form of this rose is Rosa 'Anenome' and the darker pink form is Rosa 'Ramona'.


Rosa 'Mme Alfred Carrière' - White Noisette (1879)
Resembling a Bourbon Rose, with large cupped flowers with wavy petals loosely arranged, 'Mme Alfred Carrière' is considered to be a Noisette Rose, although its parentage was not recorded. This beautiful rose was raised by J. Schwartz (France) and introduced in 1879. It has nearly thornless canes which are clad with large leaves and can grown up a wall to 18 feet tall or as a large shrub without support. The clusters of well scented large flowers (likened to a Tea Rose or Bourbon Rose fragrance) are creamy-white with a tint of pink and are produced intermittently with a strong initial bloom in mid spring and a magnificent display carried on over a long period. It is a very hardy rose for its class, occasionally plagued by powdery mildew but not other rose diseases and is reportedly tolerant of shaded locations. Those visiting our nursery can see this rose on the fence next to the gate to our greenhouse area. In 1908 was proclaimed the best white climber by the National Rose Society in England. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Hardy to zones 4-10. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.

David Austin in his book Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses says of this rose: "If a very strong, reliable, repeat-flowering, white climber is required, you need look no further than this variety. Even today, there is no white Climbing Rose to rival it in performance."

Peter Beale says in his book Classic Roses that 'Mme Alfred Carrière' is "A superior rose. The lovely, rather loosely formed flowers are white with occasional hints of soft pink, highly scented. Growth is vigorous with sparse thorns. Leaves large, plentiful and light green. This rose flowers almost continuously throughout the season and is quite tolerant of a north wall situation".

Rosa 'Mermaid' - Pale-yellow hybrid bracteata climber (1918)
This Rosa bracteata hybrid was raised by William Paul, note Rose author and nurseryman. Rosa 'Mermaid' was the result of a cross between Rosa bracteata and a a double yellow Tea Rose and was introduced in 1918 . This very vigorous rose grows upwards to 30 ft. or more. It has attractive glossy foliage, maroon stems and wicked thorns. The very large single canary yellow flowers, slightly scented, with showy red stamens are borne in clusters continuously produced after midsummer. Although not a cold hardy rose it excels in mild climates where it thrives and blooms continuously even when faced with drought, salty sea breezes and shade. Its vigorous nature and rampant growth can be overwhelming in the smaller garden if not kept in check. See Rosa 'Mermaid' clambering along the fence along the north side of our nursery. Hardy to zones 4-11.

David Austin says this of Mermaid in Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses.

"A true classic- one of the most beautiful of all Climbing Roses"

Peter Beales says this of Mermaid in Classic Roses. "Undoubtedly, a most useful and beautiful climber"

Rosa 'Mutabilis' [R. chinensis 'Mutabilis'] - Butterfly Rose (pre-1894)
One of our most interesting and popular roses. Although the true origins of this plant have been lost it was originally sold under the fitting name of 'Tipo Ideale'. This rose made its horticultural debut in 1934 when the Swiss botanist Henri Correan introduced it, having obtained it from the Italian Prince Ghilberto Borromeo. It is unknown whether the plant originated in China or was a hybrid created in the prince's garden in Isola Bella. 'Mutabilis' beautifully exhibits the characteristic China rose trait of the flowers darkening with age, instead of fading. In 'Mutabilis', the tight orange buds open to reveal single petaled flowers that are soft yellow on the inside and orange on the reverse. As the flowers age they first darken first to orange then to pink and finally to a coppery rose red. All of these colors will be on display on the plant which to some looks like a group of butterflies nestled on the plant and hence the common name Butterfly Rose. A well branching shrub with attractive bronzy new growth that can reach 6 feet or more and is in flower for in Santa Barbara 12 months of the year. Plant in a sheltered location. Our large shrub along the side of our main office gets only half day sun and is a delight to those visiting the nursery at any time of year. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Hardy to zones 5-10.

David Austin in his book Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses says of this rose: "Given a warm shelterd position near a wall [Rosa 'Mutabilis'] will form an 8 ft. shrub which will probably flower as constantly as any other rose. In a more exposed position it is often quite small and frail in appearance."


Rosa 'Nearly Wild' - Pink Floribunda (1941)
This modern cluster-flowering Floribunda Rose was introduced by Dr. Walter D. Brownell in 1941 by crossing the large flowered wichuraiana climber, 'Dr. W. Van Fleet' (1910) with 'Leuchtstern' a climbing Polyantha (1899). 'Nearly Wild' has reemerged from an obscurity that found the few remaining plants only in old rose gardens. Looking like a compact wild rose that grows to 2 feet and as wide wide with dull dark green foliage with red highlights and small pointed buds that open to mildly fragrant rose-pink single flowers. Unlike a wild rose this plant is disease resistant and repeats flowering from spring into fall. A very nice rose for a natural look or along a border or entry garden. Hardy to zones 4-10. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.

Rosa 'New Dawn'- Light Pink Large Climber (1930)
A repeat flowering sport of the large flowering wichuraiana rambler 'Dr. W.Van Fleet' which was the result of a cross between the hybrid of R. wichuraiana and 'Safrano'(Apricot Tea - 1839) with 'Souvenir du President Carnot' (Pink Hybrid Tea - 1894) and was named for the breeder and introduced by Peter Henderson & Co. in 1910. Rosa 'New Dawn', also known under the name 'Everblooming Dr. W. Van Fleet' was introduced by Dreer Somerset in the U.S. (Somerset Rose Nursery) in 1930. It grows 12-18 feet tall and to 8 ft. wide and has shiny foliage. The fragrant plump pale pink flowers repeat well throughout the summer months. 'New Dawn' is a healthy disease resistance rose that can be used in formal situations as well as more free form. It can tolerate considerable shade but care should be exercised when pruning as it has been observed that 'New Dawn' flowers best on old wood. That 'New Dawn' is one of the best of the climbing roses is undisputed and it has become an important rose to breeders of more modern climbers as well. 'New Dawn' was one of the first roses to receive a patent. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993. World Federation of Rose Societies World's Favorite Rose in 1997. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.

David Austin in his book Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses says of this rose: "'New Dawn' is one of the most disease -free of roses."

Peter Beales in Twentieth Century Roses says "['New Dawn'] is an outstanding rose, probably the most useful sport ever discovered, and is an important parent to many modern climbers"


Rosa 'Pink Mermaid' - Large Pink Climber (1940's ?)
A rose whose origins are clouded but it is thought to date back to around 1940. Despite its name, this plant is not much like Rosa 'Mermaid'. 'Pink Mermaid' is much looser and lighter growing than its vigorous namesake and with smaller fragrant pale pink flowers. The first flush of flowers can smother the plant and although less abundant on rebloom are still profuse, repeating through the rest of the season. A large growing plant that has been noted as growing more then 30 feet up into a tree in a California Although some rose experts agree that 'Mermaid' could be a parent others suggest that 'Tausendschön', a Hybrid Multiflora from 1906 could be involved or even that this plant has hybrid musk parentage going back to Francis Lester's seedlings of 'Kathleen'. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.


Rosa Ralph's Creeper ™ ('Morpapplay' PP # 6548) - Red Blend Shrub Rose (1987)
This repeat-flowering ground cover rose is a great choice for containers, garden banks and as a large scale groundcover as it grows to only 1 to 2 feet high by 3 to 5 feet wide. The plant has small healthy dark green foliage and bears sprays of up to 15 semi-double flowers that are deep orange-red with a yellow center and have a moderately strong apple blossom fragrance. This modern hybrid was created by Ralph Moore, the legendary California miniature rose hybridizer, by crossing 'Papoose', a Climbing Miniature (1955) with 'Playboy', a Cluster-flowered Floribunda (1976). 'Ralph's Creeper' is a durable rose that tolerates shade and occasional hard pruning - we've heard of people that use a lawnmower top keep it low! A mass planting of this rose can be seen along Hollister Ave. in front of the vegetable stand on the south side of our nursery. Hardy to zones 4-9.


Rosa 'Sally Holmes'®- White to pale-pink hybrid musk (1976)
This rose is categorized as a Hybrid Musk or a Modern Shrub Rose. It was created by Robert Holmes in the UK in 1976 by crossing 'Ivory Fashion' (Cluster-flowered, Floribunda 1958) with x 'Ballerina' (Hybrid Musk/Shrub 1937) 'Sally Holmes' is is a large hay stack of plant to 6 to 12 feet tall by 3 to 5 feet wide and is clothed heavily in dull green foliage with salmon buds opening to reveal 3 inch wide creamy white 5 petaled flowers. The tightly packed flowers are borne in clusters typically of 15 or more flowers (some report as many as 100). This plant is a magnificent climber as it is always in bloom. It is thought that this plant belongs better with the modern shrub roses than with the more graceful Hybrid Musks, yet it shares the Hybrid Musk's tolerance of shade. Needs careful pruning if planted as freestanding plant but can more easily be left to clamber and climb at will. Encourage side branching as these flowers tend to be less congested and much more attractive. Winner of the Royal National Rose Society Trial Ground Certificate in 1975, the Belfast Certificate of Merit in 1979, the Baden-Baden Gold Medal in 1980, the Glasgow Fragrance Award in 1993 and the Portland Gold Medal in 1993. Hardy to zones 4-9. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.

Rosa 'Sea Foam' - White shrub/groundcover rose (1963)
A beautiful double white reblooming groundcover rose that makes a dense spreading shrub with small, very glossy leaves that provide a perfect foil for the flowers, much like a foam on the edge of a ocean wave. 'Sea Foam' was bred by E. W. Schwartz and introduced by Conrad-Pyle (Star Roses). The parentage of this rose is unusual as it involves the crossing of two hybrids that themselves were the result of crossing the same two roses; White Dawn® x Pinocchio x White Dawn® x Pinocchio crossed with White Dawn® x Pinocchio. Not to be confused with another rose by the same name that is a seedling of 'Mermaid'. The is a specimen planting of this spilling onto our Yarrow lawn next to the nurseries main office. Winner of the Rome Gold Medal in 1963 and the American Rose Society David Fuerstenberg Prize in 1968. Hardy to zones 5-11.

Rosa 'Sombreuil' - White Climbing Tea (1850)
Whatever you are, you are beautiful. Much confusion surrounds this rose including its identification its name and its status as a Tea Rose. This came about because of possible misidentification of this rose as 'Mlle De Sombreuil', a rose that has been in cultivation in Europe for many years and from descriptions seems to have more flowers in each cluster then the beautiful impostor that has been in cultivation for many years in the U.S. Another name that has been thrown into this pot is 'Colonial White'. If in fact they are of the same lot they were the result of a selection of a seedling from 'Gigantesque' (Hardy Tea 1835) in France by Robert. The 'Sombreul' that we grow is a disease resistant healthy thorny climber with creamy white large, flat and quartered flowers that have a wonderful Tea fragrance. It is quite manageable as a formal climber and is well suited for use as a pillar rose, or to be trained on a low wall, fence or trellis. The long stems on this plant also make it good for cut flower use. Hardy to zones 7-9. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.

David Austin says of this rose in his book Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses "The flowers have numerous petals, and open to form flat rosettes that can only be described as the most perfect Old Roses& . I know of no other old variety that produces better flowers in autumn."


Rosa 'The Fairy' - Pink polyantha (1932)
Although starting a bit later then most roses, 'The Fairy' makes up for this by blooming solidly for weeks on end. This rose becomes a dainty shrub with growth that is fan like to 2 feet tall by 3 feet or more wide with small, bright green shiny leaves that display well the clustered sprays of delicate polyantha pink, very double flowers that blush to white in full sun. A result of the crossing of the Wichuraiana Rambler 'Lady Gay' (1905) and the polyantha 'Paul Crampel' (sport of 'Suberb' -1930) in 1932 this is one of the John and Anne Bentall's most popular creations (See also R. 'Buff Beauty' and R. 'Ballerina'. An excellent choice for the border, massed or allowed to gracefully cascade over the edge of flowerbeds. This is treasured for its endless floral display and versatility. A great container rose or even in a shaded garden whose one. It has been said that 'TheFairy' has but one failing, its lack of fragrance. There is a nice planting at our nursery of 'The Fairy' in dappled light behind our accounting office. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Hardy to zones 4-9

David Austin in his book Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses says of this rose: "The flowers are ...borne in great quantities in broad, flat sprays. Flowering starts very late but continues throughout the summer almost without a break, proving colour when many other roses have passed their peak."

Peter Beales says in Classic Roses "After a spell of obscurity, this rose is currently enjoying a new lease of life, and deservedly so... it is procumbent enough to be used for a partial groundcover as well as for group planting and patio work."


Rosa 'Winifred Coulter' Red Blend Floribunda (1962)
This floribunda rose attracts attention with its very double (23 petals) flowers that are a dazzling, almost florescent pink, rose stained purple around the edges and accented silvery-white on the backside. Not only a sight for the eyes, this rose also emits a wonderful fragrance. A vigorous and bushy plant that grows to 3 to 4 feet tall with attractive glossy foliage. The result of a cross by Kemble in 1962 of the Floribunda rose 'Baby Chateau'(1936) with 'Contrast', a Large Flowered Hybrid Tea (1937). Winner of the American Rose Society Fuerstenberg Prize in 1968. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.