Extensive cultivation of roses began in France in the
19th century. The "Duc de Guize", "Duchesse de Montebello",
"Madame Hardy" and other varieties... are still cultivated
today in the same way as most of the old roses.
The fashion for old roses began with the Empress Josephine.
The botanist Pierre-Joseph Redoute has cataloged 250
varieties in the garden she created at her residence in
A great number of both French and British gardeners maintain
a love for old roses, mixing the old stock with the
ruggedness of modern roses.
Single with five petals or semi-double with ten petals, they
have prominent stamens.
Single or double, with curved-in petals that form a cup.
Round, well-defined contour with identically sized
Small and compact, they form clusters with very short
With a small heart, they are flat with petals that form a
Pointed and Button-like :
A long elegant bud, they are oblong or urn-shaped.
Button like flower