Modern Shrub Roses

 Has the very modern name Sexy Rexy
Pink Modern Shrub Rose

My collection of modern roses is a beautiful mixture of floribundas, hybrid teas, rugosas, and hybrid musks. Some are once-flowering, while others repeat. For their placement I've checked in with my big Botannica's rose book - I'm surprised at some of the roses it classifies as 'modern', but never-the-less here they are.

The Moosey Garden does not have many hybrid tea roses, nor does it have many standard roses. I have to admit to preferring shrubs with clusters of flowers, and some of the popular older hybrid teas seem far too stiff. But this is purely personal.

My garden is really too expansive for patio roses and miniatures, though I'm a fan of the low growing Flower Carpet roses. My favourite modern shrub roses would be the hybrid musks. You'll find a few of these in my rose pages. And the modern shrub roses bred by David Austin have their own page.

I hope you enjoy looking at my rose photographs. Discovering (finally) the close-up button on my digital camera has helped!

Kate Sheppard RoseKate Sheppard Rose...
Important women in history deserve a long-lasting, healthy rose to be named after them. It shouldn't need to be pink and pretty, though. For example, a tough, robust, deeply rugosa would be perfect for a tough, robust, deeply wrinkled woman. Hmm... Anyway, It's time to meet Kate Sheppard the rose.
Raspberry Ice RoseRaspberry Ice Rose...
Raspberry Ice is a floriferous shrub rose, which puts on a great show in my garden in early summer. I have two Raspberry Ices growing by the back lawn - they arrived here as unwanted roses, dug out of a suburban garden.
Whisky Mac RoseWhisky Mac Rose...
Part of the excitement of offering a good home to unwanted roses is identifying what's actually turned up. My ID for this beautiful 'new recycled' rose is Whisky Mac. It came from an old suburban garden which was planted back in the 1970s.
Leonardo da Vinci Pink RoseLeonardo da Vinci Pink Rose...
I love, love, love pink roses. One that I've only recently planted, Leonardo da Vinci, is turning out to be one of the most beautiful in my garden. He has such generous clusters of blooms, and the pink is just right. Initially Leonardo got a bit lost in a crowd of self-seeded red Centranthus...
Golden Tribute RoseGolden Tribute Rose...
I've had the rose Golden Tribute growing in my garden since September 2001. World events on that day stunned me, and I wanted to pay tribute to those who'd lost loved ones. And to make my own small garden statement, with a beautiful rose, for world peace.
Sally Holmes RoseSally Holmes Rose...
Sally Holmes is a great country garden shrub rose - she's quite tall, very healthy, and has a beautiful assortment of open pale creamy flowers and tight pointy soft-apricot buds. There are nice tinges of blushing pink in her autumn colour. The Sally Holmes rose is a wonderful tribute to the woman after which it is named.
Strawberry Ice RoseStrawberry Ice Rose...
One of my roses which flowers at the back of the Willow tree garden has been incorrectly identified (by me) for years. I've been calling it Raspberry Ice. Wrong berry! It's Strawberry Ice, and I just love it.
The Fairy RoseThe Fairy Rose...
I talk about The Fairy rose all the time - yet up until now I've never bothered to take many photographs! This beautiful soft pink rose is certainly taken for granted in my summer garden.
Guy Savoy RoseGuy Savoy Rose...
The Moosey cats, and the dog (and recently the garden birds) are all robustly catered for, with variety if not flair. The resident Moosey cook (me) is sadly non-gourmet. But I've got a famous chef in my garden! His name is Guy Savoy, and he's a rose...
Blackberry Nip RoseBlackberry Nip Rose...
Yippee! Blackberry Nip is a sweetly fragrant purple rose, with the loveliest of names. It conjures up images of restful evenings in a calm summer garden, holding a tiny drink of the yummy liqueur - one of those gorgeously genteel apres-gardening moments...
Paul Gauguin RosePaul Gauguin Rose...
As a garden sentimentalist, I knew I needed a suitable striped rose companion for the beautiful Claude Monet. Here, then, is his smaller friend Paul Gauguin. These chaps should have something in common...
Pink Grootendorst RosePink Grootendorst Rose...
I bought some pink Grootendorst rugosa roses in a sale. I love rugosas, I love the colour pink, and I love good cheap shrubs - not that any self-respecting gardener needs any reasons to buy new roses...
Corylus Rugosa RoseCorylus Rugosa Rose...
I fell in love with rugosa roses early in my country gardening life. Of course I love rose flowers, but rugosas also have wonderful textural foliage. The rose Corylus is one of my latest leafy rugosa treasures.
Hybrid Teas, Please...Hybrid Teas, Please......
In my gardening youth I was warned off hybrid tea roses - I still don't grow very many in the Moosey Garden. Old habits, old prejudices... So where did I get these ideas from? Some idealistic cottage gardener maybe? I've been brainwashed!
Saint Exupery RoseSaint Exupery Rose...
The rose Saint Exupery has me well and truly foxed. I can't really find out much about it, rose-wise. It's pink, and I have label evidence that I've got the name right.
La Marseillaise RoseLa Marseillaise Rose...
'Roses are red, my love...' - sentimental words to write or sing. My newest red rose has actually inspired quite a lot of singing in France - it's called La Marseillaise.
Opulence RoseOpulence Rose...
My gardening friend, shifting homes and gardens, has given me an Opulence rose. It's a most interesting rich red rose, with some hidden secrets...
Apricot Scentasia RoseApricot Scentasia Rose...
My first patio rose! Yippee! I found the little rose called Apricot Scentasia in the Easter nursery sale - so naturally I bought two. I thought the colour would compliment the patch of dark coloured Ajuga in the Birthday Rose Garden.
Burgundy Iceberg RoseBurgundy Iceberg Rose...
My Burgundy Iceberg roses are some of my latest treasures to be planted in the Moosey Garden. This rose came with great expectations, and its colour is stunning.
Blushing Pink Iceberg RoseBlushing Pink Iceberg Rose...
I'm always nervous when I buy standard roses. I feel I should have serious garden-design intent - possibly even a plan! Oops. Three Blushing Pink Iceberg standard roses have recently randomly joined the Moosey rose garden.
Rhapsody in Blue RoseRhapsody in Blue Rose...
Sometimes new roses are ordered from specialist catalogues. Other times they may be bare rooted bargains, scooped up in the supermarket. The nicest new roses are those introduced by a gardening friend. So it is with Rhapsody in Blue.
Jacqueline Du Pre RoseJacqueline Du Pre Rose...
This white shrub rose is named for the great musician Jacqueline du Pre. It's one of the new roses I planted in the Birthday Rose Garden, and I chose it because of the musical connection.
Claude Monet RoseClaude Monet Rose...
One of my latest rose plans is to start a collection of modern striped roses. Another idea for a collection is to get each of the roses named after famous painters. With the rose Claude Monet I can get two for the price of one!
Kronenbourg RoseKronenbourg Rose...
The hybrid tea rose Kronenbourg isn't listed in either of my big, serious rose books. Seems unfair - it's a striking hybrid tea rose, and always healthy. A sport of the popular and desirable Peace, Kronenbourg has a similar growth habit...
Rosy Cushion RoseRosy Cushion Rose...
Rosy Cushion is a strong shrub rose with quite stiff stems. My big rose book puzzles me, though - it seems to be describing a slightly different rose, both in form and flower colour. Perhaps it's just a trick of the strong, warm New Zealand sunlight!
Nancy Steen RoseNancy Steen Rose...
Nancy Steen was a New Zealand rosarian, and this rose is named after her. It's one of the few roses I brought here from my last garden, specifically because of the New Zealand rose connection.
Ballerina RoseBallerina Rose...
Ballerina is a lovely shrub rose with small pink and white flowers. It strikes really easily from cuttings - Ballerina roses grown on their own roots are strong and healthy.
Penelope RosePenelope Rose...
Penelope is another of the lovely hybrid musk roses in the Moosey rose garden. She's like an old lady, sprawling sideways and wobbling quite a lot - my big rose book describes this more delicately as 'arching'.
Class Act RoseClass Act Rose...
Class Act is a modern semi-single creamy white rose whose shrub has quite an angular growth habit. Well, the rose with the label Class Act growing in my garden is.
NoackNoack's Flower Carpet Roses...
Noack's Flower Carpet roses are probably the most widely grown set of roses in New Zealand. The bright pink variety (shunned by rose connoisseurs) is vibrant in colour and fills in the rose-flowering gap in my garden.
Pink Iceberg RosePink Iceberg Rose...
The label on this rose clearly reads 'Pink Iceberg', and the rose itself has been brilliant. The colour is a cool bright pink, and its habit and flowering times are exactly the same as white Iceberg. As I'd expect!
Sexy Rexy RoseSexy Rexy Rose...
This New Zealand bred rose has a too-cute name, though its alternative name of Heckenzauber (if my big rose book is to be believed) isn't nearly so memorable. Sexy Rexy is a subtle warm pink colour, and flowers for weeks and weeks.
Yellow Agnes Rugosa RoseYellow Agnes Rugosa Rose...
This is the well known yellow rugosa rose Agnes. It is one of the first to flower in the garden near the glass-house, and the soft amber lemon flowers look beautiful against its strong green rugosa foliage.
Iceberg RoseIceberg Rose...
Iceberg! Possibly the most popular, well-known (and well-grown) white rose of all time! Finally my Iceberg roses get the mention they deserve.
Colourbreak RoseColourbreak Rose...
Every now and then a new rose appears whose colour is just that little bit exciting - and different. This is certainly the case with the tawny rusty red rose Colourbreak.
Prosperity RoseProsperity Rose...
Prosperity is a hybrid musk white rose which I love. Other more famous New Zealand gardeners agree with me - Prosperity should be as popular as the ubiquitous white Iceberg.
Friesia RoseFriesia Rose...
Forget the soft butter and egg yolk yellows of the David Austin roses. Friesia is bright and strong - a yellow that stands out in the summer rose garden.
Buff Beauty Hybrid Musk RoseBuff Beauty Hybrid Musk Rose...
This is the renowned hybrid musk rose, Buff Beauty. I became interested in this family of roses early on, as they seemed ideal no-nonsense country roses. I wondered if Buff Beauty might look lost and washed out in my garden. I was wrong!
Sparrieshoop RoseSparrieshoop Rose...
I have two Sparrieshoop roses - the well known single pink, and a single white. They both climb in and over the Pittosporum trees in the Septic Tank Garden.
Fruhlingsmorgen RoseFruhlingsmorgen Rose...
Fruhlingsmorgen is another once-flowering rose I grow in the Moosey garden. It is bred by Kordes - hence the German name. This rose reminds me of a delicate sunrise, and I love the way it drapes itself over neighbouring plants.
Fruhlingsgold RoseFruhlingsgold Rose...
The late spring flowering rose Fruhlingsgold is delicately fragrant, and its scent always surprises me. It is a big tree climbing rose, needing a lot of space to stretch out in.
Canary Bird RoseCanary Bird Rose...
Every spring the species rose Canary Bird is the first Moosey rose to come into flower. It has a gentle spreading habit, and flowers at exactly the same time as the nearby cherry trees and the climbing Clematis Montana.
Robusta Rugosa RoseRobusta Rugosa Rose...
Robusta is a modern rugosa rose hybrid which has crimson red single flowers. The name describes the rose perfectly - Robusta is very thorny and extremely vigorous. Strong red against strong green is such an appealing colour combination, too.
Lavender Lassie RoseLavender Lassie Rose...
This rose was retired here from a friend's garden, and she claims it is a Lavender Lassie. I planted it to spread over the wires between the pergola posts. The flowers were quite spectacular, in big clusters of blooms more pink in colour than lavender.