Centifolia Roses as known as The ‘Cabbage’ or ‘Provence’ roses. Said to have first appeared in the late sixteenth century as a cross between the Autumn Damask and an Alba rose. They tend to have large globular blooms of white or pink and be rather lax in habit. This group also includes some very good dwarf hybrids with smaller leaves and flowers. All are fragrant and extremely hardy. Pruning Guide: As for Albas: Require little pruning except for the removal of very old wood once established (after flowering) and perhaps the shortening of any growths by one third in February.