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Old Garden Tea Roses, also known as Tea-Scented Roses, are a category of roses that emerged in the early 19th century. They are known for their large, fragrant blooms that are produced in a range of colors, including pink, apricot, yellow, and white. Old Garden Tea Roses are the result of breeding Chinese tea roses with European roses, resulting in a rose that combined the best qualities of both types.
Old Garden Tea Roses are typically repeat-blooming, meaning they will produce multiple flushes of flowers throughout the growing season. They are also known for their vigorous growth habit, with many varieties able to reach up to six feet in height.
Some popular varieties of Old Garden Tea Roses include ‘Madame Isaac Pereire’, ‘Maman Cochet’, and ‘Safrano’. These roses have received numerous awards, including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
Old Garden Tea Roses were highly prized by Victorian gardeners and remain popular among rose enthusiasts today. They are often used in formal gardens and are frequently grown for their fragrant blooms, which are highly prized by perfumers.