Bourbon roses stem from a natural hybridisation between the Autumn Damask 'Tous les Mois' and the 'Parson's Pink' China rose. The large fragrant blooms were very popular in Victorian gardens because they flowered for a much longer period than varieties already at their disposal. They make wonderful pillar roses, and are ideal for pergolas where the scent can be enjoyed. Not as strongly coloured as Gallica roses - they are however, wonderfully fragrant, and can produce a bush of 1.5 to 2m in height. Originating from the Ile de Bourbon (La Reunion) just east of Madagascar, the first hybrid was identified by the French botanist A M Perichon around 1818. Seeds from this hybrid were sent to Paris for the gardens of the Duke of Orleans at Neuilly near Paris, where they were raised and then crossed with Gallica and Damask type roses producing the range of Bourbon roses that we know today.
For planting advice, see Planting Containerised Roses - RV Roger Ltd
For pruning advice, see A Guide to Pruning Roses - RV Roger Ltd
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