Favorite Utah roses of 1917

For rose growers in the Intermountain West who are fans of Downton Abbey or the WWI era, I found a list of roses recommended for Utah in 1917 from the Logan Republican newspaper (March 6, 1917, “Planting of Roses,” Emil Hansen):

Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria (white hybrid tea)
La France (pink hybrid tea)
Caroline Testout (pink hybrid tea)
Alfred Colomb (crimson hybrid perpetual)
Fisher Holmes (dark red hybrid perpetual)
Frau Karl Druschki (white hybrid tea)
General Jacqueminot (red hybrid perpetual)
Paul Neyron (large pink hybrid perpetual)
Ulrich Brunner (cherry red hybrid perpetual)
Crested moss roses (white and pink)

The last listing apparently includes several varieties. I grow Crested Moss (Chapeau de Napoleon), which is an excellent pink rose, once blooming, but very hardy and fragrant, and with one of the longest bloom seasons of my once-bloomers. All of the rest of the roses are repeat bloomers, which had probably largely replaced the old once-blooming roses in popularity by 1917.

Buds of Crested Moss or Chapeau de Napoleon rose

Buds of Crested Moss or Chapeau de Napoleon rose

All of these roses are still commercially available, though some are more common than others. Some of these might not do well in the coldest parts of Utah (the article recommends mulching with manure from December to April, and I usually mulch mine in November). Crested Moss has little to no winter dieback for me, though, and I also grow Alfred Colomb, which seems to need some winter protection but is a nice rose. Now I’m curious to try some of the others and report back on how they do.


About eabwheeler

Freelance writer mainly working on projects about history, historic preservation, and children and nature. I'm also venturing into historical fiction and fantasy. I have graduate degrees in history and landscape architecture. I like gardening, sewing, folk music, and rainy afternoons with a good book. My debut novel, a Victorian paranormal mystery, THE HAUNTING OF SPRINGETT HALL, will be available in print and ebook July 14, 2015 from Cedar Fort Publishing.
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