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Gallica Roses

Gallica Roses are an ancient group comprising short compact shrubs with bristly stems and excellent foliage. The flowers range in colour from pink through to the darkest maroon and can be single or most often double. They are prized for their wonderful scent as well as their medicinal properties.

Important Gallicas include the Apothecary’s Rose, also known as Officinalis,which can be traced back to Medieval times and is known as red rose of Lancaster. Rosa Mundi, or Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’ is a classic old rose often seen in Tudor styled gardens, it is a mutation of Officinalis which has distinctive white splashing and striping to the petals.

Planting and Pruning Guide

Require little pruning apart from the removal of old spent wood once established (after flowering) and shaping as required. One habit of Gallica roses includes natural suckering, where creeping roots form new stems far away from the mother plant to produce a thicket. If this is not required it  can be easily controlled by keeping the graft union at or just above soil level.

  • Belle Isis - Pink Gallica Rose Belle Isis - Pink Gallica Rose

    Belle Isis

    Gallica Rose

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    Perfect quartered blooms of pale pink with lighter edges. Strong myrrh fragrance. A tidy shrub with grey-green foliage. Good disease resistance. Summer flowering. Size:1.2m x 1.0m.
  • Duchesse d’Angoulême

    Gallica Rose

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    a.k.a. The Wax Rose. Highly perfumed blooms of blush pink with a deeper centre emerge from tightly scrolled buds. Tidy upright plant with good foliage. Summer flowering. Size:1.2m x 1.0m. Duchesse d'Angouleme )
  • Nestor - Pink Gallica Rose Nestor - Pink Gallica Rose

    Nestor

    Gallica Rose

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    Beautiful quartered blooms with a magenta pink at the centre of the petals turning lilac to the outer. Good scent. Light green foliage. Size:1.2m x1.2m. Summer flowering.
  • D’Aguesseau

    Gallica Rose

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    Highly regarded. Bright crimson, highly scented, double quartered blooms with a green button eye. Does not fade with age. Summer flowering. Size: 1.2m x 90cm.
  • Empress Josephine - Pink Gallica Rose Empress Josephine - Pink Gallica Rose

    Empress Josephine

    Gallica Rose

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    Rich pink double blooms veined with deeper shades. Petals wavy and loosely arranged. Scented. Summer flowering. Size: 1.2m x 1.0m.
  • Robert le Diable

    Gallica Rose

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    A useful rose being of rather small stature and having a slightly procumbent habit. The very full blooms are a mix of purples, violets and pinks which vary with age and climate. Summer flowering. Size 90cm x 90cm.
  • Rose du Maître d’Ecole

    Gallica Rose

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    A.k.a. De La Maître D'Ecole. Red buds open pink then mature to lilac-mauve,the blooms are flat and rosette shaped. Good scent . Compact habit. Summer flowering. Size: 90cm x 90cm.
  • Officinalis - Gallica Rose Officinalis - Gallica Rose

    Officinalis

    Gallica Rose

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    a.k.a 'Apothecary Rose' or 'Red rose of Lancaster'. Smothered semi double light crimson blooms. Very fragrant, good in pot-pourri. Summer flowering. Size:1.2m x 1.2m.
  • Complicata

    Gallica Rose

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    A vigorous shrub bearing a multitude of large single pink blooms with a white centre and golden stamens. Seems to thrive in some very poor conditions. Very healthy. Good scent. Summer flowering. Size:2.4m x 2m.

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    Rosa gallica

    Gallica Rose

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    The French Rose. Perhaps the most important ancestor of all our garden roses. Single pink blooms with prominent golden stamens. A freely suckering shrub. Light green foliage. Bristly stems. Scented. Summer flowering. Size:90cm x 90cm.
  • George Vibert

    Gallica Rose

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    Small compact habit. The blooms emerge from crimson buds and are quilled and quartered with green button eyes. Light crimson striped on a blush background. Fragrant. Summer flowering. Size: 1m x 1m.

  • La Belle Sultane - Gallica Rose Violacea. a.k.a La Belle Sultane - Gallica Rose

    La Belle Sultane

    Gallica Rose

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    a.k.a Violacea. A tall upright bush bearing medium sized almost single blooms of purplish crimson with very pronounced golden stamens. Dazzling white steaks occasionally come from centre of the petals. Good scent. Summer flowering. Size:1.5m x 1.2m.
  • Cardinal de Richelieu

    Gallica Rose

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    Rich purple flowers with paler centres and pretty green button eyes. Very floriferous. Good scent. Lush dark green leaves. Summer flowering. Size:1.5m x 1.2m.
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    Conditorum

    Gallica Rose

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    Very fragrant,double blooms of cerise crimson. Opens slightly ruffled with a central boss of golden stamens. A vigorous tall shrub. Grown in Hungary for attar. Summer Flowering. Size:1.75m x 1.25m
  • Hippolyte a lovely Gallica Rose Hippolyte a Gallica Rose

    Hippolyte

    Gallica Rose

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    A Gallica hybrid of unknown origin. The very full blooms are rosettes with a button eye. They start dark violet but fade to mauve with a paler reverse. Light scent. Lax, arching, fairly thornless stems. Small dark leaves. Summer flowering. Size 2m x 2m.
  • James Mason - Autumn Hips James Mason - Red Gallica Rose

    James Mason

    Gallica Rose

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    A recent addition to the Gallicas, one of a few introduced during the 20th century. Large, flat, blooms of rich bright crimson with contrasting golden stamens. Sweet fragrance.Profuse summer flowering. Healthy, bushy growth. Size: 1.5m x 1.2m.

  • Duchesse de Buccleugh

    Gallica Rose

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    Large, full, flat blooms with a button eye. Magenta pink tinted with purple and lavender.Paler reverse.Excellent foliage. Slender erect stems.Summer flowering only.Size: 1.2m x 1.2m. Year of introduction: 1837 Breeder: Vibert
  • Belle sans flatterie - Pink Gallica Rose Belle sans flatterie - Pink Gallica Rose

    Belle sans Flatterie

    Gallica Rose

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    Fully double quartered blooms, lilac pink on the edges with deeper pink centres. Dark green foliage. Grown by Empress Josephine at Malmaison but a rarely seen today. Summer flowering. Size: 1.2m x 1.0m.
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    Tricolore de Flandre - Striped Gallica Rose Tricolore de flandre is a striped pink and white gallica rose.

    Tricolore de Flandre

    Gallica Rose

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    Very double flowers with intense striping of purple and pink on a white background.Pleasing perfume.Forms a tidy small shrub. Summer flowering. Size: 90cm x 90cm.
  • Surpasse Tout - Gallica Rose

    Surpasse Tout

    Gallica Rose

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    a.k.a Cerisette la Jolie. Deep cerise-maroon fully double blooms with a button eye. Highly Fragrant. Good in middle border as can be sparse in foliage and rather leggy. Summer flowering. Size:1.2m x 90cm.