Roses have long been the passion of gardeners worldwide.  Roses date back 40 million years, before gardeners even existed. The love affair began centuries ago when gardeners simply fell in love with the flowers. Roses have an irresistible combination of elegance and charm.  In Greece, the rose acquired a powerful mystique. The Rose became the inspiration for magnificent stained glass windows of European cathedrals. And it was under the Tudors that the Rose officially became England's national flower. This sensual appeal of Roses has made them the world's most popular ornamental plant.

This page showcases the roses we grow in our gardens. I selected them for color and hue, then for fragrance, and winter hardiness.  There are various types to satisfy every need (climbers, floribundas, shrub roses and teas).  We started with two, the wonderfully fragrant yellow Sun Sprite and the incredible Jane Austin, a lovely apricot-peach color with the signature ruffled blossoms, tightly cupped.  She blooms profusely all summer.   Today we have an assortment of thirty roses that grace our gardens, reigning over various cottage garden beds, many purchased from the Ridge Road Garden Center in Pine Grove, CA.  They select the finest that Jackson Perkins and Weeks roses have to offer.  For centuries Roses have been used for medicinal, herbal and culinary purposes and are so magnificent, deserving of the extra care they dictate. The Queen of Flowers, with her velvety texture, rich color and divine fragrance, has touched my heart forever.  Click here to view video


Rose Name

Hardy Fragrant Color Height Season Blooms
Angel Face Robust lavender  2 ft continuous 2-4 inches
Apricot Nectar light yellow 2-4 ft continuous 2-4 inches
Blaze light true red 10-12 ft summer/fall 3-4 inches
Don Juan strong citrus dark Red 8-12 ft continuous 4 inches +
Double Delight fresh fruity strawberry red/cream 3-4 ft continuous 51/2 inches
Flower Carpet Pink slight rich pink 3 ft continuous 2 inches
Fragrant Apricot strong peachy rose 4 ft continuous 3-4 inches
French Perfume fruity ruby and cream 4-5 ft continuous 5-6 inches
Hansa strong clove reddish violet 5 ft continuous 4-5 inches
Henry Fonda heady golden yellow 4-5 ft continuous 4-5 inches
Iceberg strong honey snowy white 3 ft continuous 41/2 inches
Jane Austin seductive apricot/peach 6 ft continuous 3-4 inches
Jezebel light white 3 ft continuous 11/2-2 inches
John F. Kennedy strong, fruity pure white 3 1/2 ft spring, fall 5-6 inches
Joseph's Coat fruity orange/pink/rose 8-12 ft spring, fall 4 inches
Kaleidoscope light, sweet lavender pink/buff 3-4 ft spring, fall 4-5 inches
Lady Banks light, sweet double white 20 ft + spring 3 inches
Miss All Am. Beauty old Rose deep pink 4-5 ft continuous 5 inches+
Mister Lincoln strong melon deep red 41/2-51/2 spring, fall 4-6 inches
Ole slight vibrant red/orange 4 ft spring, fall 3-4 inches
Peace light, sweet yellow/pink 4 ft continuous 5-6 inches


light red, yellow, pink 2-3 ft continuous 3-4 inches


moderate cardinal red 2-4 ft continuous 3-4 inches


superb apricot/coral 2-4 ft spring, fall 2-4 inches

Sterling Silver

no fruity silver lavender 2-3 ft spring, fall 2-4 inches

Sun Sprite

superb lemon-yellow 2 ft continuous 2-3 inches

Sunset Celebration

fruity apricot/cream/ peach 4-5 ft continuous 41/2-51/2 in


old Rose medium pink 4-5 ft spring 31/2-4 inches

Ultimate Pink

light, sweet true pink 5 ft spring, fall 41/2 inches

Zephirine Drouhin

raspberry deep pink 6 ft spring, fall 2-4 inches


With a short, relatively warm winter in the foothills, the roses were just amazing!! Full, rich colors, heady fragrance, this was a most  fantastic time for roses.  The glorious blooms are plentiful,  their pulsing, living colors surpassed only by their magnificent fragrance! Every single one is dazzling with incredible beauty.  The sun-kissed hue of their throats within each perfect cup can launch the sweetest poetry, and move the sternest heart. There is a singular epitome of the most majestic garden flower and that is The Rose!

Many varieties are putting on a second show of blooms.  Many will continue blooming into Fall, such as Sea Shell, Hans Rugosa, Iceberg, Sunset Celebration, Ultimate Pink, Henry Fonda, Roundelay, and Jane Austin.  Spent rose petals gently flutter to the ground, spreading their loveliness, as a cloak, beneath the Rose, caressing her limbs in their descent.  Even in her glory days, the Rose has an inner glow, a royal bearing, that carries her from sunrise to sunset, always the Queen of the Garden!

 Visit these excellent sites on the care and keeping of roses.

 The perfect beauty of a Don Juan rose

Timeless Roses

Bermuda Perfumery & Gardens

Sunset Gardens

Jackson & Perkins

Rose Design

Old Roses

Weeks Roses

Your Rose Questions Answered

Socorro Roses




Sincere Thanks to 'Timeless Roses' for permission to use their copyrighted rose photographs. 

Please do not take these pictures unless you have requested and received permission to do so. 


Double Delight rose bud is so lovely

Updated 02/11/02

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