In the long, long history
of roses, the year 1867 is a milestone. That
was the year that the first hybrid tea rose
cultivar, 'La France' was introduced. It was
the result of a cross between a
Hybrid Perpetual Rose. From that
original cross as a model, hybridizers have
created the vast majority of roses grown in
home landscapes today.
The so-called "modern"
tree roses. Plant breeders have worked hard
on making them more hardy, have even more
beautiful blooms and be resistant to the
common diseases of roses. Unfortunately, the
flower's fragrance has often been sacrificed
in this process. It can be a challenge to
find many highly fragrant roses today but
that is on the upswing.
For more on each of the
modern rose types, click below.