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Bourbon Roses are named after Ile de Bourbon a small island in the Indian Ocean (now known as Reunion) which was once a French Colony but is now an "Overseas Department of France", whatever that means. The Bourbon Rose was a natural cross between Rosa chinensis and Rosa damascena bifera, these two pollen parents being a popular choice for hedging on the Island so there was obviously some horticultural hanky-panky going on in the hedge-rows. There are several disputed claims as to who saw this chance seedling first however it remains undisputed that seeds of this "new" rose were sent to France around 1817. There they were grown by the head gardener to King Louis-Philippe and became known as "Rosier de I'lle Bourbon". A very similar rose - many say exactly the same - grew in the Calcutta Botanic Gardens around the same time and was known in India as Rose Edouard. Perhaps the original seed was more widely distributed than first thought?


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aka Boule de Neige / Snowball rose

Bourbon. This rose grows into a slender upright shrub with mid green foliage. The buds are tinted with crimson but open to reveal pure white, highly fragrant blooms with perfect symmetry. Generous with regular clusters of bloom throughout the season. 1867 France.

 

Flower Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m

Boule de Neige

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Picture of Commandant Beaurepaire-Rose
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Bourbon. First off this Rose has got nothing to do with Vince Martin! Originating from France in 1874 it grows into a tall shrub that flowers abundantly in summer. The blooms are beautifully fragrant, fully double, globular and toned rose pink with splashes of deep carmine. Light green, healthy foliage.

Commandant Beaurepaire was a French Army officer (1740-1792). His name can be found engraved on the Arch de Triomphe in Paris.

 

Flower Colour: Pink / Red
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m

Commandant Beaurepaire

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Bourbon. The heritage of this rose is unknown but general consensus by rose lovers is that it is one of the nicest striped roses to be found. Delicate shades of lilac and purple on a large cupped blooms complemented by lush foliage. Few thorns, plenty of blooms and a delicious fragrance. Lovely.

This rose can be trained successfully as a small climber.

 

Flower Colour: Mauve / Purple
Habit: Climbing
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m

Honorine de Brabant

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Climber Bourbon. A lovely and long flowering rose with a generous amount of blooms and few thorns. The flowers are fragrant, semi-double, pink and quite charming. Being almost thorn-less it is perfect for a prominent position. Will tolerate some shade. 1919.

 

Flower Colour: Pink
Habit: Climbing
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.8m

Kathleen Harrop Clg

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aka The Shell Rose

Bourbon. The slender canes of this lovely old fashioned rose are long and willow-like. The rose pink blooms are medium sized, perfectly cupped and fabulously fragrant. Repeats well from summer to autumn if treated kindly. From France 1872. Sometimes called 'The Shell Rose'.

 

Flower Colour: Pink / Mauve
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm

La Reine Victoria

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aka AKA Madame de Stella

Bourbon. The petals of this lovely rose are perfectly arranged to form very large blooms that are double and shaded a rich rose pink. An exquisite fragrance delights the nose, the relatively thorn free stems delight the gardener. Tall, vigorous and generous with bloom quantity throughout the season. 1851.

 

Flower Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m

Louise Odier

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Bourbon. This rose is named after the famous garden of the Empress Josephine - wife of Napoleon Bonaparte who collected roses from all over the world. Blooms are delicately perfumed, double, quartered and, blush white with pale pink shadings. Likes sunny a position as this French Madame doesn't like getting wet. 1843

 

Flower Colour: White / Pink
Habit: Climbing
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m

Souvenir de La Malmaison

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aka Thornless Rose

Climber. This popular cottage garden rose is commonly known as the Thornless Rose as, you guessed it, the stems are thorn free. Semi-double, cheerful cerise blooms that are sweetly fragrant decorate the plant from summer on-wards with their abundant display. From France - 1868.

 

Flower Colour: Pink / Pink
Habit: Climbing
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.8m

Zephirine Drouhin Clg

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