Without the China rose, the English rose garden would be a poorer place with its compact bushes with clusters of beautifully formed blooms, delicate fragrance, and suitability for the front of any sunny border. Compared with the older rose types known in Europe, the Chinese roses had less fragrant, smaller blooms carried on twiggier, more cold-sensitive shrubs. However they could bloom repeatedly throughout the summer and into late autumn, unlike their European counterparts. Height typically to about 1m. Roses are indigenous to much of the northern hemisphere - however, the greatest diversity of species can be found in western China, where roses have been cultivated and developed for many centuries. Brought to Western Europe in the late 18th century, they contributed hugely to the parentage of modern hybrid roses, bringing a change to the form of the flowers cultivated in Europe. And, with their tendency to 'suntan' or darken over time (unlike other roses which tend to fade after opening), this made them highly desirable for hybridisation purposes in the early 19th century. (Varieties include: 'Old Blush China', Rosa mutabilis (the 'Butterfly' rose), and the only green rose known Rosa viridflora!).
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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