Rose Breeders
Roses Bred by Poulsen
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The Poulsen family has been breeding roses in Denmark for about a century. Some of the best are presented chronologically below. The earliest roses they bred were polyanthas. Toward the middle of the twentieth century they released Rumba, Chinatown, Royal Dane, H.C. Andersen, and Ingrid Bergman. Chinatown produces fragrant yellow flowers and has been used by Austin in his breeding program. Royal Dane produces distinctive colors of raspberry and orange. H.C. Andersen is a very attractive red floribunda, but it has been eclipsed by Europeana and Showbiz. Perhaps it is still worthy of consideration, though. Ingrid Bergman is a pure red hybrid tea of easy culture. There exist as substantial number of rose lovers who insist that this is the best of the red hybrid tea roses.

Near the end of the twentieth century Poulsen bred a number of ground cover roses that are ironclad in their health and highly foliferous. Essex, Kent, and Sussex are among them. Of taller stature was the shrub Queen Margrethe whose roses are a lovely soft pink. Tivoli is a healthy hybrid tea in a strong primrose or very soft yellow. It's a unique color and a good one. I have seen Baby Grand trained as a standard and it was a stand-out. And I have seen Karen Blixen (pictured) in a local municipal garden and it was easily the most sculpturally perfect hybrid tea rose in the garden that day.

It is impossible to know how many of the more recent introductions will be around next century, but it seems likely that many of the roses on this list will still have a garden presence then.

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Cultivar Class Color FragranceBreeder Hardiness
Ground Cover
Pale Pink
Poulsen
Floribunda
Yellow
Strong
Poulsen
Zone 4
Polyantha
Pink
None
Poulsen
Zone 4
Polyantha
Pink
Slight
Poulsen
Zone 4
Ground Cover
Rose
Slight
Poulsen
Zone 5
Floribunda
Scarlet
None
Poulsen
Zone 4
Hybrid Tea
Red
None
Poulsen
Zone 5
Floribunda
White
Strong
Poulsen
Zone 4
Hybrid Tea
White
Strong
Poulsen
Zone 6
Ground Cover
White
Slight
Poulsen
Zone 4
Polyantha
Crimson
None
Poulsen
Zone 4
Floribunda
Shell Pink
Slight
Poulsen
Zone 5
Floribunda
Pink/White
Poulsen
Zone 5
Polyantha
Pale Pink
Poulsen
Zone 5
Floribunda
Pale Pink
Moderate
Poulsen
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Copper
Strong
Poulsen
Zone 4
Floribunda
Red/Yellow Blend
None
Poulsen
Zone 5
Miniature
Yellow
None
Poulsen
Zone 5
Ground Cover
Apricot
None
Poulsen
Zone 5
Floribunda
Red/Yellow Blend
None
Poulsen
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Copper/Yellow
Slight
Poulsen
Zone 5
Miniature
White/Yellow Blend
None
Poulsen
Zone 5
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