Classic garden roses / not protected
For 6 generations, Meilland have been working with a passion for colours, scents, shapes, resistance….to make roses even more attractive. Meilland International focuses on the creation of new varieties, both for the garden and for the production of cut roses.
Meilland’s programme of cross-breeding rose bushes dates from the middle of the 19th century. Over the years, it has produced truly astonishingly beautiful rose bushes.
In recent years, Meilland Roses has launched its Romantica line of rose bushes. These rose bushes were developed to compete with the English David Austin rose bushes.
Meilland offers many scented garden roses, brought together in the Parfum de Provence group.
W. Kordes Söhne is one of the most renowned rose growers of garden, cut and pot roses. The rose varieties are distributed by agents and general licensees in more than 30 countries and Kordes’ has a very high market share in many parts of the world. You will find Kordes roses in many private gardens, public parks and botanical gardens.
During the 1990s, interest in healthy and resistant garden roses increased, so Kordes decided to completely withdraw the use of fungicides on its experimental fields.
The result of that decision appeared to end in disaster as almost the entire field was defoliated due to countless black spots.
But in the face of doubt, the new vision continued and a few healthy varieties that could resist the high disease burden provided hope for the future.
Many of these varieties were the origin of new varieties in rose breeding. A new generation of healthy roses was born.
Many awards in national and international rose competitions (especially in the German ADR trial, which was undertaken without any use of pesticides) and – perhaps even more importantly – very successful sales to many satisfied customers, prove that it was the right decision to continue to follow this chosen path.
David Austin Roses®
In the early 1950s, David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Seventy years later, this simple objective remains.
From a hobby breeder as a young teenager, David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.
Rose breeding is often described as being as much an art as a science.
All David Austin roses have a collective style and reflect one man’s vision. All have beautiful blooms and, in most cases, wonderful fragrance held on graceful attractive shrubs.
A garden of these outstanding roses is hard to beat for sheer exuberance of flower and fragrance. Austin combines the features of the old fragrant roses with modern day demands for repeat flowering and healthy roses.
Today, David Austin Roses remains a family business. David Austin has been joined by his son David and his grandson, Richard.
The ‘Louis Lens Tree Nursery’, a company with a long tradition, was founded in 1870. In the beginning, it was a general tree nursery, but the rose nursery soon took over.
For three generations, the nursery was run by the Lens and was located in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver (near Mechelen).
In 1992 it was taken over by Rudy and Ann Velle-Boudolf.
An important activity for Lens Roses is the search for new rose varieties. In recent years, attention has been focused on musk rose hybrids, a group of repeat flowering shrub roses that are very natural in character.
Classic garden roses® / protected
Shrub roses - Old roses
Rediscover the romance of roses with traditional and modern shrub roses.
Many roses combine their scent with attractively shaped flowers and good disease resistance. In general, they also grow well and tolerate a wide range of different conditions and soil types.
Shrub roses are perfect for planting individually in borders. When planted in a group, they create a sensational colour palette.
Some taller shrub roses can even be used as small, climbing roses.
Old roses are subdivided into two categories: summer-flowering old roses and repeat-flowering old roses.
Summer-flowering old roses are the true old roses of early European origin. These are the roses that played a key role in the development of English roses by David Austin.
The true old roses consist of Gallica, Damask, Alba, Centifolia and Moss. Although they only bloom in summer, with one or two exceptions, they are nevertheless beautiful roses.
Many varieties have a wonderful scent and in general, are also disease resistant and easy to care for.
Stem roses are attractive garden plants. They are ideal as an eye catcher in the garden and can also be used to line a path, for example. Stem roses are ideal for the creation of a height difference in a border and look especially imposing when they are planted close together in groups of three or four.
It’s important to use a support post when planting these roses.
Own-root roses / grown from cuttings
In the search for new and better varieties, rose breeders have succeeded in developing a new rose group which stands out with its abundant flowering, disease resistance and robustness.
Other strong features of these roses are that they require little maintenance (no wild branches on the rootstock), suppress weeds due to their tight growth and good, sustained flowering.