Leading the Rose Revolution
Roses Bred by Laffay
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Laffay lived through two revolutions. One involved Napoleon, the other involved roses. His role in the former was minor; his role in the latter central. He successfully bred more great roses in more official rose classes than any other breeder can claim to have done. Most of the roses on this list are beautiful, foliferous, fragrant, and tough. I grow Great Western on four inches of packed, impoverished clay atop four feet of crushed limestone. In six years it has built up into a nice, arching plant that covers itself with flowers for a week each spring. It still looks a bit stick-like but given its difficult location it is doing remarkably well. If pruned properly, the roses are purple and fragrant like the one shown in the photo.

Henri Martin is one of the highest rated old roses. And Cardinal Richelieu one of the most distinctive. Amadis, when in bloom is a glory to behold, covered in mid pink large flowers. And the tissue thin and slightly waxy petals of Alfred de Dalmas (aka Mousseline ) are quite lovely with the light shining through them.

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Cultivar Class Color FragranceBreeder Hardiness
Boursault
Crimson
Moderate
Laffay
Zone 7
China
Pink
Moderate
Laffay
Zone 6
Bourbon
Pink
Strong
Laffay
Zone 6
Damask
Rose
Powerful
Laffay
Zone 4
Gallica
Shell Pink
Strong
Laffay
Zone 4
Moss
Pale Pink
Strong
Laffay
Zone 4
Bourbon
Mauve
Strong
Laffay
Zone 6
Moss
Cerise
Moderate
Laffay
Zone 5
Bourbon
Pink
Strong
Laffay
Zone 6
Hybrid Perpetual
Rose
Moderate
Laffay
Zone 6
China
Pink
Slight
Laffay
Zone 7
China
Mauve
Moderate
Laffay
Zone 7
Moss
Purple
Moderate
Laffay
Zone 5
Noisette
White
Powerful
Laffay
Zone 8
Moss
Purple
Strong
Laffay
Zone 5
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