These tender roses were
very popular in the early 1800s. They are
vigorous growers reaching a height of 6 feet
or more and may be grown as climbers too.
The flowers are often double or semi-double
and in white, pink, red and purple shades.
It is said that the flowers have an "apple
like" scent. They bloom first in midsummer
and may repeat a bit in the fall.
The rose gets its name
because French colonists on the Isle of
Bourbon first grew them. They are a result
of breeding using
China types of
Some cultivars of Bourbon
'Boule de Neige' -
white, full, rounded, very fragrant
Beaurepaire' ('Panachee d'Angers') -
bright rose-pink, streaked and marbled
with violet and white.
'La Reine Victoria' -
soft pink flowers that generally rebloom
in fall. certainly will. It has cupped
blooms with delicate, shell-like petals.
'Zéphirine Droubin' -
shrub or climber up to 10 feet tall with
scented Cercise-carmine flowers. It is