At one time I had over 70 roses in my garden. I collected them and when I wanted another I ripped out whatever I had to to make room. My collection has been edited for various reasons; duplicates, disease, and modern roses that sometimes decline or sucker so heavily that Dr Huey takes over.I think I am down to about 30. Last year I considered removing one (Honey Perfume) that had become so attractive to rose curculio that most of the blooms were ruined. I gave it one more year and used a very draconian method of control that involved sacrificing an entire spring bloom flush. It seems to have worked.I haven't planted a new rose in several years, but I want Lady Hillingdon desperately so am strategizing a location. Here then are a few that have made the cut.
Golden Celebration is an David Austin rose with a buttery yellow petal packed flower. Though classified as a shrub ,it grows quite large in the Norcal climate and should definitely not be considered for the 'front row' of the border.
A few shots here of the 1909 hybrid 'Gruss an Aauchen' , in some camps alleged to be the 1st floribunda. I love this rose so much that I tolerate the horrible rust and blackspot that comes on in spring, and spend the time to strip off the bad foliage and cut it back hard for a summer re-bloom.
This is the David Austin rose 'Molineux.' It never stops blooming, it never gets diseased, and the only negative can think of is that it only holds up a couple days in a vase.
'Brass Band' is a Jackson Perkins floribunda from 1993. Cast iron.
Jean Giono is a Romantica rose ,the French house of Medillands' answer to the David Austin roses. Sometimes you will see it classified as a Hybrid Tea, sometimes as a shrub rose. The vein-y petals are my favorite feature.
'Prospero' another excellent David Austin selection, but good luck finding it. It was hard to locate when I bought it way back in the 90' when roses were more popular and rose nurseries were plentiful.
Lets finish up with 'Eden' aka 'Pierre Ronsard' the worst rose for disease (primarily blackspot) in my garden. It has received an annual stay of execution consistently for years-there is just nothing quite like it and so it stays. See this post for more diva shots.