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Overview

Fresh ideas for selecting and growing the latest roses.

Gardeners are always searching for new roses and better ways to grow them. Best Rose Guide is an up-to-date reference with a wealth of new ideas for selecting and planting the ideal roses.

This authoritative guide covers 850 roses and bridges the divide between scientific texts and everyday horticultural books. The book explains how to identify and understand every type of rose.

Best Rose Guide features:

  • Detailed introductions to twenty-four categories of rose including Old Roses, Climbers, Shrubs and Modern Roses
  • Expert advice on selecting and growing
  • Planting ideas, companion plants and care
  • Cross-references, hardiness zones.

Vivid photographs show every rose in exquisite detail. The authoritative text also explains how roses have been cultivated from ancient Roman times to today with fascinating information and the most up-to-date DNA studies.

Featuring the newest rose varieties and the latest techniques and ideas for selecting and growing them, Best Rose Guide is a definitive reference on roses.

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Editorial Reviews

HortIdeas
The authors are to be commended for providing a splendid entryway to a vast realm!
Seattle Times - Valerie Easton
Every page... is drenched in the sensuality of this quintessential summer flower (minus the perfume), with gorgeous color photos.
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Mary Jane Smetanka
Their enthusiasm for the subject shows in the chatty yet informative text... user-friendly.
Garden Compass - John Bagnasco
Expert information and stunning photography to provide rose growers with the ultimate guide for understanding, choosing and eventually growing great roses.
Newsletter of National Garden Clubs - Joanne S. Carpender
Any flower lover would accumulate knowledge and new respect for this favorite of all flowers... The rose photography is outstanding.
Chicago Sun-Times - Mary Cameron Frey
So beautiful and so full of information... 1,300 stunning color photos... the best plants for color, scent, health and vigor.
London Free Press - Ken Smith
Beautiful and definitive... this is a showcase worth having.
Globe and Mail
Handsome gardening and scientific compendium... The section on the wonderfully scented modern romantica roses is a must-read for garenistas with a prejudice against the skinny, no-scent, hybrid tea roses. Read on and dream of spring.
Phoenix Home and Garden
A thorough guide for rose selection and growing success.
Horticulture - Carol Bishop Miller
Erudite and exquisitely beautiful volume... These portraits make fascinating reading, for the authors have dug deep to determine the origins of their chosen roses.
Hartford Courant - Peter Sleight
The sort of honest information that gardeners crave.
Booklist - George Cohen
The book, with more than 1000 color photographs, will appeal to any gardeners interested in growing these popular flowers.
Rocky Mountain News - Dale Langford
Hundreds of sparkling color photos... page after page of colorful enjoyment and entertainment.
Canadian Gardening - Beth Powning
Gloriously detailed book... vivid color photographs and fascinating anecdotal detail. The book's structure, like a good trellis, organizes the sprawling story of the history of the rose beginning with the parent wild rose and the complex stories of how, when and where the cultivated varieties came into being.
Chicago Tribune - Beth Botts
Excellent information on the origins and natural history of the roses as well as their culture, and lavish photographs.
Choice - D.H. Psister
The 850 varieties included in this book represent only a fraction of the roses that have been introduced (and sometimes lost) to cultivation, but the illustrations of these varieties are remarkable... Recommended.
E-Streams - Nancy Burford
Every page has photographs so clear that you can almost sense the scent of roses.
I Can Garden.com
Gardeners are always searching for new roses and better ways to grow them. Best Rose Guide is an up-to-date reference with a wealth of new ideas for selecting and planting the ideal roses. This authoritative guide covers 850 roses and bridges the divide between scientific texts and everyday horticultural books. The book explains how to identify and understand every type of rose... Vivid photographs show every rose in exquisite detail. The authoritative text also explains how roses have been cultivated from ancient Roman times to today with fascinating information and the most up-to-date DNA studies. Featuring the newest rose varieties and the latest techniques and ideas for selecting and growing them, Best Rose Guide is a definitive reference on roses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552978443
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/2/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Phillips was trained as a painter at Chelsea School of Art, and pioneered the use of color photography for the reliable identification of natural history subjects. Together with Martyn Rix, he has co-authored twenty-five books including Annuals and Biennials and Perennials, which have sold millions of copies around the world.

Martyn Rix is a botanist, plant collector and gardener. He worked as botanist at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley before becoming an independent botanical advisor and writer. Rix was awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for his services to horticulture.

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Table of Contents

Visual Key
Introduction
Wild Roses
Gallica Roses
Damask Roses
Alba Roses
Centifolia Roses
Moss Roses
Portland Roses
China Roses
Tea Roses
Noisette Roses
Bourbon Roses
Hybrid Perpetual Roses
Climbing Roses
Ramblers
Groundcover Roses
Hybrid Musk Roses
Rugosa Roses
Shrub Roses
Hybrid Tea Roses
Polyantha Roses
Floribundas
English Roses
Romantica Roses
Generosa Roses
Miniature Roses
Roses in the Garden
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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Preface

Introduction

From the earliest civilizations, roses have occupied a unique place in man's appreciation and love of flowers. References to roses have been found in Assyrian tablets and Homer wrote that Hector's body was anointed with rose-scented oil. In the 6th century BC the Ionian poet Anacreon praised the rose as perfume of the gods, joy of men, and flower of Venus. By Roman times roses were grown on a large scale near the city, and imported from Egypt in winter. They were used on family occasions and in huge quantities for the extravagant and decadent feasts of the nouveaux riches.

More recently a love of roses was encouraged by the French Empress Josephine, the wife of Napoleon, who collected every variety she could in her garden at Malmaison near Paris, making roses highly fashionable in 19th century France. From this French craze for roses came most of the old roses we grow today, as well as the ancestors of modern varieties. These old roses, which are often called Heritage Roses in America, Old Garden Roses in England, or Roses Anciennes in France, are genuine antiques and still popular. Some were taken to North America and planted in gardens or cemeteries, for instance in Bermuda and the Gold Rush country in California, where they survived a century or more of neglect. Enthusiasts now seek out these "found" roses, grow them and try to determine their original names.

Modern roses officially begin with 'La France,' raised in 1867 by Jean-Baptiste Guillot from a cross of a Tea and a Hybrid Perpetual. This was the first of a new class, the enduringly popular Hybrid Tea. Modern roses also encompass Floribundas, Shrub roses derived from wild species, and more recent developments such as Groundcovers, Miniatures, and "modern old" roses, such as English Roses.

Nearly all of these garden roses, old and modern, have been bred from just seven wild species. There are 150 or more wild species, although only around 50 are commonly cultivated. We have looked at the origin of each group of cultivated roses and the wild species from which they originated. The roses are grouped here according to their supposed relationships: "supposed" because many are ancient garden plants from China, Persia, or Turkey, and their likely ancestry has been deduced from their structure, their chromosomes, and the possible wild ancestors available in the area where they are believed to have originated. Modern DNA analysis is starting to unravel some of the outstanding questions about rose parentage, but this is complicated and expensive, and there is still a great deal more to be done.

Rather than produce another bulky encyclopedia with every possible rose included, whatever its merits, we have made a selection of those that have appealed to us in some way. While availability, scent, and health have been criteria in our choices, these are above all the roses that we love or have found memorable or striking for one reason or another, including some that are completely new. We hope to guide the reader through the morass of over 12,500 names offered by nurseries around the world. We have tried to make this a personal book, using the ideas we have had over the past five decades of growing and studying roses, first as ordinary gardeners in England, later as writers of rose books and on our travels to see roses around the world.

Over 850 roses are described and illustrated in this book: while these are as accurate as possible, roses naturally respond to their environment, and flower shades do vary with climate. On our website, rogersroses.com we have text and pictures of over 4,000 roses of all types, and are continually adding new ones, the great advantage a website has over any book. Rose lovers can join our web rose club and make full use of the site, meeting online other rose enthusiasts from all over the world. Some of the best and most interesting rose nurseries in many countries offer discounts to our members, and there is also the opportunity to exchange seeds, cuttings, or budwood with other members.

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Introduction

Introduction

From the earliest civilizations, roses have occupied a unique place in man's appreciation and love of flowers. References to roses have been found in Assyrian tablets and Homer wrote that Hector's body was anointed with rose-scented oil. In the 6th century BC the Ionian poet Anacreon praised the rose as perfume of the gods, joy of men, and flower of Venus. By Roman times roses were grown on a large scale near the city, and imported from Egypt in winter. They were used on family occasions and in huge quantities for the extravagant and decadent feasts of the nouveaux riches.

More recently a love of roses was encouraged by the French Empress Josephine, the wife of Napoleon, who collected every variety she could in her garden at Malmaison near Paris, making roses highly fashionable in 19th century France. From this French craze for roses came most of the old roses we grow today, as well as the ancestors of modern varieties. These old roses, which are often called Heritage Roses in America, Old Garden Roses in England, or Roses Anciennes in France, are genuine antiques and still popular. Some were taken to North America and planted in gardens or cemeteries, for instance in Bermuda and the Gold Rush country in California, where they survived a century or more of neglect. Enthusiasts now seek out these "found" roses, grow them and try to determine their original names.

Modern roses officially begin with 'La France,' raised in 1867 by Jean-Baptiste Guillot from a cross of a Tea and a Hybrid Perpetual. This was the first of a new class, the enduringly popular Hybrid Tea. Modern roses also encompass Floribundas, Shrub roses derivedfrom wild species, and more recent developments such as Groundcovers, Miniatures, and "modern old" roses, such as English Roses.

Nearly all of these garden roses, old and modern, have been bred from just seven wild species. There are 150 or more wild species, although only around 50 are commonly cultivated. We have looked at the origin of each group of cultivated roses and the wild species from which they originated. The roses are grouped here according to their supposed relationships: "supposed" because many are ancient garden plants from China, Persia, or Turkey, and their likely ancestry has been deduced from their structure, their chromosomes, and the possible wild ancestors available in the area where they are believed to have originated. Modern DNA analysis is starting to unravel some of the outstanding questions about rose parentage, but this is complicated and expensive, and there is still a great deal more to be done.

Rather than produce another bulky encyclopedia with every possible rose included, whatever its merits, we have made a selection of those that have appealed to us in some way. While availability, scent, and health have been criteria in our choices, these are above all the roses that we love or have found memorable or striking for one reason or another, including some that are completely new. We hope to guide the reader through the morass of over 12,500 names offered by nurseries around the world. We have tried to make this a personal book, using the ideas we have had over the past five decades of growing and studying roses, first as ordinary gardeners in England, later as writers of rose books and on our travels to see roses around the world.

Over 850 roses are described and illustrated in this book: while these are as accurate as possible, roses naturally respond to their environment, and flower shades do vary with climate. On our website, rogersroses.com we have text and pictures of over 4,000 roses of all types, and are continually adding new ones, the great advantage a website has over any book. Rose lovers can join our web rose club and make full use of the site, meeting online other rose enthusiasts from all over the world. Some of the best and most interesting rose nurseries in many countries offer discounts to our members, and there is also the opportunity to exchange seeds, cuttings, or budwood with other members.

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