The American Rose Society defines “old” as any rose that was introduced before 1867, but rose collectors go by the 100 year mark. Technically an antique rose is any rose introduced prior to 1864. That was when the first modern hybrid tea rose was introduced. Some of these 'antique roses', such as the gallica rose, alba rose, and damask rose were grown in Biblical times. Old roses are valued for their history and lore, and especially for their rich fragrance.
They usually have large, abundant berrylike rose hips (fruits) in late summer and fall. Most flower heavily, just once a year in June, with old-fashioned looking blooms that have lots of petals. Many people want to create their own antique rose garden, because they are fascinated by the nostalgic history of antique roses. Another big reason people are in love with these vintage antique roses is that they are heavily perfumed with the most divine rose fragrance. You just can't stop sniffing the antique roses growing in your garden, their scent is so intoxicating.
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