Large Shrubs pg. 6 Small Shrubs pg. 8 Repeat Blooming Climbers pg. 9 Niche Roses pg. 10
Roses Noted for Fragrance pg. 11 Especially Cold Hardy Roses pg. 12 Thornless or Nearly Thornless Roses pg. 12
A ROSE FOR YOU
Pictured: ‘Bliss’ Parfuma® pg. 8
A Rose For You
Founder Mike Shoup founded the An- tique Rose Emporium in histor- ic Independence, Texas in 1983 and is considered a key figure in the international renaissance of antique roses. A passionate proponent of the gardening life- style, he has appeared on over 100 panels, educating rosarians and the general public alike about the history and practice of growing roses. Before founding the Antique Rose Emporium Mike started a nursery, focusing on common woody ornamentals for land- scape and retail clients. Mar- ket saturation, however, forced him to seek a niche product in order to stay competitive. His epiphany came when he realized that the strongest, easiest, most beautiful plants were already growing in cemeteries and along quiet roads around him, namely, old roses that had survived de- cades of weather and neglect. He immediately became a “rose rustler”—a rosarian that saves and propagates the tenacious old roses thriving among the over- looked corners of the landscape. Shoup holds a Masters of Ag- riculture in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. He is the author of Landscaping With Antique Roses (1986), Roses in the Southern Garden (2000) and Empress of the Garden (2012). The Antique Rose Emporium has been featured in almost 200 press outlets, including The Smithsonian , The New York Times , Southern Living , Garden & Gun , and National Geographic . Shoup lives just down the road from the Emporium with his wife and partner, Jean Shoup.
T he perceived value of a rose differs from one person to another. Roses are loved and appreciated for various reasons which makes the question of “What makes the perfect rose?” a very subjective question.Most likely it pro- duces fragrant, showy blossoms spring through fall. Perhaps it lacks thorns or has attractive features in the fall and winter. It’d be nice if the perfect rose came in multiple sizes, including climbing. And surely it must thrive in all kinds of weather, all while never succumbing to disease. Could it prune and train itself as well? Such a rose, of course, doesn’t exist … yet. Recent innovations in rose breeding have made many of these traits avail- able in one plant.The emergence of Knockout® roses, for example, has given gardeners a carefree, blackspot-resistant rose with great flower power proving to be a great stepping stone to making roses more desirable . Our mission is to expand on this versatility in all kinds of roses.There is a rose for everyone. At the Antique Rose Emporium we continue to share our favorite roses and breed tomorrow’s favorites with a rose for you in mind. Whether you are
a connoisseur adding to your collection or a busy home- owner looking for an easy- care shrub, we believe we have “a rose for you!” What- ever the quality: cut flowers, naturalizing along fences, thornlessness or intense fra- grance, we know you will find your “perfect” rose among these offerings. “Our greatest aspiration de- pends on both the past and future—not only in saving and celebrating antique roses, but in helping each person find and develop their own personal relationship with a rose, through fragrance and color with joy.”
yet rarely receives the necessary equal attention. With garden roses, pruning is best by means of shearing and shaping, as the rose is essentially molded to fit the size and scale of the surround- ing plants in the garden. For shrub or bush roses in a mixed border, as hedges, or simply as specimens, shap- ing the rose is all the pruning that is necessary save for occasional removal of the dead or damaged canes. Use shears and cut the shrub rose back, shaping it in a form that conforms to its use or placement in the garden. The desired effect is achieved by re- ducing the size of the rose relative to the other plants so the proper scale of the rose in the garden is maintained. For repeat blooming roses, this form of pruning always increases the amount of bloom and encour- ages new growth. This can be done not only in early spring before the onset of new growth, but late in the spring after the first bloom and then again in the early fall. Roses grown in colder regions-zone 4, 5 and 6- may find that spring pruning is all that is needed due to the shorter growing season. If you wish to enjoy the color and texture of rose hips (the fruit of the rose) then avoid shearing your roses after their bloom in spring and sum- mer. Roses reward the gardener with another bloom typically 4-6 weeks after pruning. For cascading roses, thin to empha- size the natural grace and beauty of the arching branches. Do not shear or cut back the same way you would do upright shrubs as it destroys the graceful habit of these roses. Training Climbers Climbing roses need some form of support whether they are placed against a wall, fence, or trellis. In fact, as beautiful and inspirational as
A several inch layer of mulch ap- plied 2-3 times a year insures fewer weeds, contributes to less water and heat stress, makes for a richer, more fertile soil and healthier plants. We use coarse bark on our beds, but pine needles, leaf mulch or any weed free organic material will do the job.
Rose Care Preparing Rose Beds These roses can perform even in poor conditions, but will be their lovely best if planted in a favorable site with rich, well drained soil.The best place to locate a garden with roses is in an open area that receives at least six hours of direct sun daily and allows good air movement. Soil preparation will make a great difference in the health and long term vigor of your roses. Adding a quantity of compost to the bed be- fore planting will both enrich a sandy soil and break up a heavy clay soil to allow proper drainage. Mulching & Watering We sincerely believe mulch is the key to happiness- at least in the garden!
Rose varieties that have survived for many years are usually drought toler- ant, but your plants will look much better in your garden if they get a good soaking every 7-10 days.This is much better than a frequent light wa- tering which encourages the roots to grow near the surface where they are more vulnerable. Deep watering will encourage your roses to hold their foliage and bloom better in the sum- mer months. A soaker hose or drip irrigation works especially well to minimize water loss through evapo- ration and to keep the rose leaves dry. Pruning Roses Pruning, shaping and thinning estab- lished roses is equally as important as planning, planting and cultivating,
these roses can be, they can also be the most chaotic if left to their own devices. They must be trained. They require diligence and persistence in order to beautifully embellish the structure that they adorn. Canes need to be tied, wound or woven onto the structure in a way that the structure always looks good. Those canes that are unruly or not trainable need to be removed thus thinning the rose so the structure is always tidy. For trellises, this is achieved by attaching the fanned out canes to the openwork. For pillar roses, you can wrap or braid it around the post. We recommend using stretch tie or jute string as they expand with the growth of the rose cane. Advantageously, manipulat- ing the canes encourages blooms. Climbers are breathtaking in ways shrubs can’t be, creating the romantic venues of the garden, dripping with drama, fragrance and emotion.
Tripods: Tripods are pillars with three posts positioned several feet apart at the base and tied together at the top. Plant roses in the middle and train them up all three sides. Or place one thornless climber like 'Lady Banks' or 'Zephirine Drouhin' on each post to create a hollow bow- er or cave as a play space.
Fences: Ugly chain link, chicken wire and barbed wire fences beg to be covered with climbing roses. Split rail, picket and ornamental fences can be accented with shrubs or man- nerly climbers. Pillars: Roses can be trained vertical- ly around posts of varying heights. A mailbox perched on a 4-foot tall post creates a small pillar. Six-to-8 foot cedar posts in a border will also support roses. Use chains or rope to connect pillars for a festooned ef- fect with draping roses. Rose canes can be trained in criss-cross fashion, vertically up the sides, or wrapped around posts; the more you manip- ulate canes, the more blooms they usually yield.
Pergolas: A series of interconnected arches covering a walkway or patio, a pergola can be used as an allay lead- ing to a feature like a seated area or a sculpture.The walkway can be brick, stone or even grass. Plant just one variety of rose along the sides and al- low it to cover the pergola to give the structure a sense of continuity. Trellises: Form screens or create large, colorful, single-planed displays with trellises. They provide privacy from neighbors along the driveway or between houses as well as hide unsightly air conditioners, television discs and garbage cans. They're also useful as barriers or dividers, defin- ing the space between a swimming pool and a patio, for example. Trel- lises can require rigorous upkeep if they're landscape features.
Vertical Supports However a climbing rose may be dis- played; arches, pillars, trellises, fenc- es, pergolas or gazebos, it will add height, depth and drama to the gar- den as well as soften the hard angles of walls and buildings. Arches: Connecting garden rooms or defining entrances, arbors cover walkways from one side to the other, providing clear passage underneath. Roses can be trained from one or both sides; total overhead cover- age creates a dramatic presentation.
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Gardener’s Best 100 Roses The Antique Rose Emporium is devoted to the rose and its incredible garden virtues. At our Nursery and Gardens, we often say, “we don’t have rose gardens, but gardens with roses in them” which illustrates how importantly we feel that roses belong in all forms, styles and functions, in gar- dens.This collection of 100 roses represents large and small shrubs that anchor the landscape, vigorous climbers that evoke drama and romance, roses for niche gardening, roses with fragrant nuances that differ from the ordinary, roses that are especially cold tolerant as well as roses that are thornless or nearly so. These designations illustrate each rose variety within that group based on color, shape and size of the plant making it an easy way to select a rose.
Pictured: Belinda’s Blush® page 12
Large Shrubs The following selection of roses encompasses the most garden worthy plants in the garden: large shrubs.They can be used as showy specimens in a perennial bor- der, planted in rows to create hedges or simply used as foundation plantings around the house or against a fence. They also mix well with other garden plants in beds that embellish the landscape. All repeat their bloom from spring through fall and have varying notes of fragrance. They can be easily maintained with light pruning in the spring and early fall to maintain an ap- propriate scale to the gardens in which they reside. The lower the zone number the hardier the rose (i.e. zone 5-11 roses are hardy to -20 degrees f, while zone 6-11 would be hardy to -10 degrees, zone 7-11 would be 0 degree and 8-11would be 10 degrees, as an average annual extreme low temperature).
Old Baylor 4 to 6 feet Z5-11
Cole’s Settlement 4 to 6 feet Z5-11 AGRS regional winner
Ducher 3 to 5 feet Z7-11
Puerto Rico 4 to 6 feet Z7-11
Winter Sun - Eleganza® 4 to 5 feet Z6-11
GrahamThomas™ 5 to 8 feet Z5-11
Stephen F. Austin 4 to 6 feet Z5-11
Penelope 5 x 5 feet Z6-11
Lady of Shalott™ 4 to 5 feet Z5-11
South Africa® - Sunbelt® 4 to 5 feet Z6-11
Mutabilis 4 to 6 feet Z6-11
Madame Joseph Schwartz 4 to 6 feet Z7-11
Blush Noisettte 4 to 8 feet Z6-11
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Odee Pink 4 to 5 feet Z7-11
Quietness 4 to 5 feet Z5-11
Madame Antoine Mari 4 to 5 feet Z7-11
Natchitoches Noisette 3 to 5 feet Z7-11
McClinton Tea 5 to 8 feet Z7-11
Savannah- Sunbelt® 4 to 6 feet Z5-11
Abraham Darby™ 5 to 6 feet Z5-11
Heritage™ 5 to 7 feet Z5-11
Belinda’s Dream 3 to 6 feet Z5-11
Pioneer Spirit 3 to 6 feet Z5-11
Le Vésuve 4 to 6 feet Z7-11
Georgetown Tea 4 to 6 feet Z7-11
Excellenz von Schubert 3 t o 5 feet Z6-11
Mrs. B. R. Cant 5 to 8 feet Z7-11
Old Blush 3 to 6 feet Z6-11
Monsieur Tillier 4 to 6 feet Z7-11
Desmond Tutu - Sunbelt® 3 to 5 feet Z5-11
Cramoisi Superieur 3 to 6 feet Z7-11
Plum Perfect - Sunbelt® 3 to 5 feet Z5-11
Maggie 4 to 7 feet Z6-11
Small Shrubs These roses are small but pack a punch! They bloom heavily in the spring and continue into the summer with another strong flush of flowers in the fall. These roses are useful as stand-alone specimen plants in pots or beds or in mass plantings in a mixed border. Pruning is best achieved by shaping or shearing to keep them appropriately sized relative to adjacent plantings. All of these roses vary in fragrance.
Iceberg 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Icecap™ 2 to 3 feet Z5-11
G rüss an Aach en 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Julia Child™ 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Molineux™ 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Perle d’Or 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Soul Sister™ - Sunbelt® 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Mother of Pearl® 3 to 4 feet Z6-11
Clotilde Soupert 3 to 4 feet Z6-11
Rockwall Sesquicentennial 2 to 3 feet Z5-11
Cécile Brunner 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Souvenir de la Malmaison 3 to 4 feet Z6-11
The Fairy 3 to 4 feet Z4-11
Bliss - Parfuma® 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
La Marne 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Francis Dubreuil 3 to 4 feet Z7-11
Dame de Coeur 3 to 4 feet Z6-11
Sweet Pea 2 to 3 feet Z6-11
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Repeat Blooming Climbers No garden should be without a climbing rose. While shrub roses can anchor a garden and add interest to the beds, climbers are the OMG, and ohh and ahh of the garden. They are the most dramatic, evocative, and ro- mantic landscaping features that a garden craves. One caveat, climbers need to be trained. In fact, as beauti- ful and inspirational as these roses can be they can also be the most chaotic if left to their own devices.They require diligence and persistence in order to beautifully embel- lish the structure that they adorn. Canes need to trained, tied, wound or woven onto the structure in a way that the structure always looks good.* Those canes that are unruly or untrainable need to be removed thus thinning the rose so the structure is always tidy.These climbers all repeat their bloom through spring and fall and most are fragrant. * see pages 3-4 for pruning and training techniques
Cl. Iceberg 8 to 10 feet Z5-11
Sea Foam 6 to 10 feet Z5-11
Sombreuil 8 to 12 feet Z6-11
Madame Alfred Carriere 15 to 20 feet Z6-11
Buff Beauty 5x7 foot shrub or 8-10 foot climber Z6-11
Crépuscule 12 to 15 feet Z7-11
Felicia 4x7 foot shrub or 8-10 foot climber Z6-11
Céline Forestier 8 to 15 feet Z6-11
Souvenir de la Malmaison, Cl. 8 to 12 feet Z6-11
Cécile Brunner Cl. 20 to 30 feet Z6-11
New Dawn 15 to 20 feet Z5-11
Pinkie, Cl. 5x7 feet shrub or 8-12 foot climber Z6-11
Old Blush, Cl. 12 to 20 feet Z7-11
Florentina - Arborose® 8 to 10 feet Z5-11
Joseph’s Coat 8 to 12 feet Z5-11
Jasmina™ - Arborose® 6 to 8 feet Z5-11
Niche Roses This is a connoisseur’s list of roses with an assortment of interest- ing uses. These roses will make a wonderfully interesting addition to your garden and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Mermaid This vigorous climber has vicious thorns that are like cats claws. This makes it a good bur- glar rose and one for fence lines to keep animals in or out. The large “fried egg” colored blooms attract bees readily. 15 to 20 feet Z8-11
Petite Pink Scotch We love its unusual look. Leaves are tiny and set very close together much like a boxwood or yaupon. Dime sized spring blooms are the only clue that it is a rose. 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Peggy Martin An unbelievably vigorous and easy to grow rose. Blooms prolifically in the spring with intermit- tent blooms in the fall. Named after a survivor of Hurricane Katrina. 12 to 30 feet Z5-11
Doreen’s Centennial A perfect rose for a large pot where she can fea- ture her best asset, literally cascading over the edges like a perfect umbrella. Incredible bloom power with seldom a time when she is not in bloom. 4x4 feet Z5-11
Repeat Blooming Swamp Blooming in the spring and again in the fall, is an uncharacteristic trait for this wild rose. The large, graceful and thornless shrub is shade tol- erant and will grow in wet areas unlike most roses. 4 to 5 feet Z5-11
Paul Neyron Of the roses we offer, this rose has the largest flowers. The fragrant, quartered flowers can measure 5 inches across and are often mistaken for peonies. Plants are thornless and very up- right. 4 to 6 feet Z5-11
Martha Gonzales This small shrub rose with bright red flowers, that seems to bloom all times during the grow- ing season, has unusual red/bronze foliage. Great container rose. 2 to 3 feet Z7-11
Red Cascade Listed as a climber, this classic carpet rose has canes so pliable that they can lay right on top of the ground creating a 10x10 foot spread. Nick- el-size blooms will appear spring through fall. 12 to 18 feet Z5-11
Green Rose A large shrub with green flowers that are a great conversation piece. Roses are best used in flower arrangements where they stand out in contrast to the other flowers. Spicy pepper fragrance. 3 to 5 feet Z6-11
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Nuanced Fragrance Fragrance is the soul of the plant; it is the memory, and an emotion to that memory that binds and gives the rose its infinite endear- ment. This trait alone is greater than any visual beauty that the rose possesses. As Robert Louis Stevenson said “It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, for the eyes will take care of themselves.” Additionally, all roses vary in their fragrance, but those with a distinct and unique fragrance are found in this selection. We have attempted to describe these subtleties here, but understand that some of their allure is their elusiveness and one’s own individual perception.
Independence Musk Sultry, totally decadent, and reminiscent of one’s first kiss or fleeting memory. The fragrant flow- ers are held above the foliage and light up the garden on moonlit nights. 6 to 8 feet Z6-11
Fragrant Blush™ Intensely fragrant of myrrh and Ivory soap. The best quality is her summer bloom power even in the hottest of temperatures. Repeat blooming flowers look delicate but are unscathed by the heat. 4 to 5 feet. Z5-11
Duchesse de Brabant A customer favorite for its fragrant hints of raspberry and blackberry. This large shrub, with its nodding cupped flowers, is thought to be President Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite rose. 4 to 6 feet Z7-11
Autumn Damask Classic perfume of poetic memory, oil from her flowers is still distilled today for Damask perfume. This large shrub blooms spring and again in fall - an unusual bonus for a Damask rose. 4 to 5 feet Z5-11
Beverly - Eleganza® Orange, peach and plum aromas mingle to- gether like a fruit punch.This goregous rose has large, fragrant, vibrant pink flowers with a light reverse that repeat blooms throughout the sea- son. 4 to 5 feet Z5-11
Archduke Charles Banana cream pie may come to mind when you sniff this rose. This large shrub repeat blooms with roses that darken from light pink to crim- son with age. 3 to 5 feet Z7-11
Dee-Lish® This lovely Kordes rose has a strong citrus/rose fragrance and an intense color to match. This shrub has an upright and full growth habit like her Hybrid Tea heritage. Repeat bloom through the season. 5 to 6 feet Z5-11
Madame Isaac Periere One of our most fragrant roses with captivating aromas of damask/raspberry notes with hints of Provencal herbs. Plant as a mannerly climber or peg where she can be a showstopper. 5 to 7 feet Z6-11
Crimson Glory, Cl. A whiff of this heavy Damask rose fragrance can conjure a memory or two. It is one of few roses to win a fragrance award from the Ameri- can Rose Society. This is a repeat blooming climbing rose. 8 to 12 feet Z6-11
Chrysler Imperial This repeat blooming shrub has lovely, long pointed buds that open to globular flowers of dark velvety red. It’s heavy citrus aroma is pow- erfull and buffered with natural floral notes. 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Especially Cold Hardy These roses are reliably hardy in zones 5-11. They can range into zone 4 with some additional winter pro- tection like mulching and extra insulation. A larger listing of cold hardy roses is available on our website.
Enfant de France A very fragrant, upright but small shrub. 3 to 5 feet Z5-11
Caldwell Pink Tolerates summer heat well. Good fall color. 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Marchessa Boccella A very upright shrub with fragrant flowers. 3 to 5 feet Z5-11
Carefree Beauty Large flowering, open shrub that produces hips. 3 to 5 feet Z4-11
Dortmund Very vigorous repeat blooming climber. 15 to 30 feet Z5-11
Basye’s Purple Rose A thick and thorny erect bush with rough foliage. 4 to 6 feet Z4-11
Thornless or Nearly Thornless Roses For walkways, large containers or play areas where chil- dren can enjoy the color and fragrance, these roses are a perfect choice. All of these repeating blooming roses give seasonal interest, spring through fall. Ideal for use in flower arrangements - no prickles.
Marie Pavié This small shrub is ideal for con- tainers. 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Sweet Frances Large upright shrub with fragrant flowers. 4 to 6 feet Z5-11
Star of the Republic A large, open spreading rose with clean foliage. 5 to 8 feet Z5-11
Belinda’s Blush™ A color sport of Belinda’s Dream. 4 to 6 feet Z5-11
Mrs. Dudley Cross A large, open shrub with slight fragrance 3 to 6 feet Z7-11
Clotilde Soupert, Cl. The climbing version of the small shrub. 12 to 15 feet Z6-11
Valentine This show stopping rose is perfect for containers. 3 to 4 feet Z5-11
Zéphirine Drouhin A fragrant climber with good spring bloom but little repeat in fall. 8 to 12 feet Z6-11
Thomas Affleck AGRS regional winner and cus- tomer favorite. 3 to 5 feet Z5-11
Reine des Violettes Large upright shrub with glossy foliage and fragrant flowers. 4 to 5 feet Z5-11
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By Andrew Barocco The future of antique roses is just beginning to bloom. The Antique Rose Emporium’s breeding program aims to harness the best qualities of both old and modern roses, as well as some long-overlooked species roses in our effort to improve the rose. Conventional breeding programs typically cross modern commercial shrubs with each other, which, from a ge- netic standpoint, stir the pot without adding any new in- gredients.Making a better rose, however, requires a more diverse gene pool so that new cultivars have the chance to differ vastly from previous introductions—a goal we meet by bringing previously unused species roses (many with rare, desirable traits) into breeding. From Our Rose Breeder
By crossing antique roses, modern shrubs, and our Pio- neer roses with new species, the Antique Rose Empo- rium is creating our own “secret recipes” for hybridizing some very special roses. For example, we are anxious to hear from you about “Fragrant Blush,” our newest re- lease bred for its intense fragrance. Also we will soon be releasing the first repeat-blooming, blackspot-resistant moss rose! And in the future we look forward to intro- ducing repeat-blooming Albas, Centifolias, Damasks, Gallicas, Banskiaes, Bracteatas, and Laevigatas and rare- ly seen improved Spinossimas, Huthemias, Roxburghiis, and Hybrid Setigeras. The future of antique roses is a developing story, so stay tuned as we continue our quest to bring you your “per- fect” rose.
To be sure, breeding with a new species presents its own challenges. So why bother? Despite hundreds of years of rose breeding progress, many desirable traits of overlooked species are yet to be hybridized into re- peat-blooming commercial forms. Some of these traits include autumn color, crepe myrtle-like peeling bark, fragrant foliage, and mossed or crested buds. Moreover, introducing a forgotten species into the gene pool may yield improvements in shade tolerance, heat and cold tol- erance, or disease resistance, especially to rose rosette—a scourge that is challenging the industry right now.
The Antique Rose Emporium Nursery & Gardens If you’re ever in the area, be sure to visit The Antique Rose Emporium’s award-winning nursery and gardens. Since its inception in 1984, the dis- play gardens have strived to show- case old roses in new ways. Antique Rose Emporium evolved from the appreciation and avid col- lection of old roses. Originally all our business was done by mail order, but one of our proudest achieve- ments was the creation of our Nurs- ery and Gardens in Independence, Texas. On the site of an early set- tler’s homestead, we have restored several historic buildings and plant- ed a variety of themed gardens. Now the gardens are one of the area’s most popular tourism destinations. Champneys’Green, a 1904 Victorian home, today hosts intimate weddings and celebrations year-round. It con- nects directly to a rose-blanketed outdoor pavilion.The promenades to Champneys’ include massive Rocket junipers, multiple-tier trellis path- ways, and a gazebo, all flanked in cascading roses and plant varietals. Nearby the 1500 square-foot country chapel, serene in design and welcom-
ing of all faiths, seats up to 150 guests. With its dramatic Gothic windows, century-old European doors, and transom entrance, it makes for classic and timeless portraiture. A perfect setting to say I do! In addition to offering a wide selection of potted roses, the 8 acre Nursery and Gardens supplies tried-and-true perennials, assorted succulents, drought-tol- erant offerings,bulbs,and gardening supplies.Agift shop sells seeds,dry goods, and gift items while the Garden Pub and Antique Shop offer refreshments and collectibles. The fully restored stone kitchen--belonging to the bygone historicMcKnight-Hairston home—nowhouses gardening hardware for sale. Upcoming Garden Events at the Nursery & Gardens • Display Garden Open House – Every weekend in April • Children’s Easter Egg Hunt - Easter weekend • Fall Festival of Roses – FREE gardening symposium in early November (More information at www.AntiqueRoseEmporium.com)
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Our Growing Fields The Antique Rose Emporium’s growing fields are located just down the road from the display gardens, where our staff propagates more than 350 varieties of roses and an assortment of perennials, totaling 100,000 plants annually. From this location roses are shipped nationwide. Our company serves thousands of customers all over the continental United States, including e-commerce (mail order), wholesale, and retail. The Antique Rose Empo- rium supplies historical roses for every level of enthusiast -- from single roses for one-time guests, to scaled landscape projects and major national garden retailers. Truly, A Rose For You!
Roses are some of the most nu- tritious plants in the landscape. They attract rabbits, horses, cows and the most damaging of all, deer. Once they have feasted on their tasty foliage, deer will continue to search out roses. Flowers and hips are eaten as well, but total destruc- tion of the plant can be expected if there is not deterrent from the fre- quent browsing. You would think that the more thorns a rose has, the less the deer would forage but, un- fortunately, the number and size of rose’s thorns and prickles does nothing to slow down this assault. Deterrent sprays are helpful, but are only as good as your willing- ness to keep spraying (sometimes once a week is needed). Most fences are tacky or even worse ugly, and can detract from the beauty of a rose or worse, the whole garden. Fortunately, the tacky chicken wire that is used for vertical fencing can be used in a less offensive way. We have found a chicken wire “mat” to be amazingly effective when addressing this pest. The wire can be laid at the base of a rose bush, specifically, a four foot wide piece of chicken wire stretched out around the front and sides of the planted rose, elevated 2-4 inches by bricks that the wire will lay on. The deer are deterred from encroaching too close to the rose as they will not step where their footing is disturbed by the slightly elevated wire. The additional benefit of this method is that companion plants and groundcovers can be grown around your roses hiding and beautifying the garden. Liriope, verbena, dianthus or any number of annuals, perennials, herbs or other plants not typically foraged by deer are great companions to the roses and hide the unsightly but protective chicken wire.
The Antique Rose Emporium produces and sells own root roses in two gallon contain- ers. Each rose weighs about eight pounds and is shipped securely in specially designed boxes. An annual crop is released in the fall and is sold and delivered from mid-September through the end of May. In addtion to our roses, we offer a selection of gardening essen- tials, tools, books and gift items with the gar- dener in mind. Please note that roses entering western states (CA, WA, AZ, NV, ID, UT) must be stripped of leaves due to agricultural protocol (as seen in the rose picture below - on the ground and to the left of our office dog, Ginger.) Orders to Oregon are only shipped in January.
Delivery Date Guidelines It is best to reserve your selections early in the season while inventory is plentiful. De- livery dates can be delayed until ideal plant- ing time based on your cold hardiness zone. Hardiness zones: Zone 4 - End of May Zone 5 – May Zone 6 - Early September, April - May Zone 7 – September or March – May Zone 8 - 11 - October through May (as long as you are not experiencing freezing temperatures, or plant after last frost)
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Pictured: ‘Lady Banks Yellow’ at the Antique Rose Emporium Gardens in Brenham, TX. Pictured: ‘Cornelia’ at the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, TX.