Alba Rose

Old Garden Roses

alba roses

Alba Rose,or old garden roses are very elegant roses. These rose types bloom in lovely shades of white and pinks.

Their classification as Old Garden Roses, is such, because they were developed prior to the Hybrid Tea roses.

The lovely colors of the Alba rose are the softest blends of whites and pinks. These gardening roses are beautiful in the back of the garden, or as a specimen planting.

They are a garden rose that blooms only once a year, in late spring/early summer. Even though they are only Summer blooming bushes (once blooming), they are certainly worth the effort to grow them!

The free-standing Rose Alba bushes can grow fairly large (up to 7 ft.), with long arching canes. The long canes hang down, in fountain form. A bush in full bloom is breath-taking! Scroll down to see some examples of these lovely roses.

Morning Blush Rose

morning blush rose old garden roses

(Rolf Sievers 1974)

This beautiful Alba is white with pink/red edges. They have full (26-40) flat petals.

This Alba can reach a height of 4-5 ft, with a width of 6-7ft.

It is Very hardy zones 3b - 9b.

This one grows in my garden, and each year I can't wait for the show! I just love the color of the blooms, very soft, and romantic looking. And so.... many of them! I only wish it would bloom more than once a year!

alba roses morning blush

The blooms last for several weeks,and make nice cut flowers, although, I don't notice much fragrance on this variety.

It is the soft, romantic colors that wow me! To view the bush at night is a special treat also.

If you have many white, or light colored flowers in your garden, take a stroll through it after dark, you'll be surprised to see how the flowers seem to glow!

A beautiful Alba rose bush makes a very elegant addition to the garden. They thrive even under difficult conditions. They are very UN-demanding roses.

Facts about Alba Roses..

  • Derived from R. canina & R. galica, they are the tallest of the old garden roses.
  • Most of them prefer sun, but are surprisingly shade tolerant as well.
  • They are also considered pretty disease resistant rose bushes.
  • They bloom on second year wood, so pruning is pretty easy:

How to Prune the Alba Roses

Cut out dead canes, but leave the others to grow into a tall, arching shrub, for the full effect. Trim to keep to the size you want, right after flowering. But remember, next years flowers will be born on the canes you have right now, not the new emerging ones.

These tall, old garden roses (Alba's) make densely twiggy bushes up to eight feet tall. Once established in your garden, they will continue to grow and flower for many years.

They have a wonderful, sweet fragrance.

The foliage on these roses is normally distinctly a grayish color, and the leaflets are singly toothed. ( Other roses have double toothing)

Alba's are a most elegant, and beautifully defined type of rose.

More Rosa Alba:

Alba Semi-Plena

Flowers are 2 1/2', semi-double, soft white.Cupped flowers have prominent gold stamens.

Clusters of 6-8 fragrant blooms.(sweet fragrance)

Once-blooming. Sturdy, arching 6-8'with gray green matte foliage.

Immune to common rose fungus, extremely hardy

Orange-red hips in late summer/fall.

Belle Amour

Soft pink blooms have salmon undertones, and bright yellow stamens.The 3-4" cupped flowers have 25 petals.

Intense myrrh fragrance

Vigorous, upright, bush rose 6 by 4'


Small clusters of cushion shaped blooms on this once-bloomer.

Celestial

Large, semi-double light pink blooms with prominent stamens.

This bushy Alba grows 6-8' tall.

Strong fragrance

Excellent disease resistance


Felicite de Parmentier

The light pink double flowers, have a strong, sweet fragrance.

The soft pink blooms come in sprays.

The bush grows upright to 5'.

This one is also shade tolerant, and hardy to zone 4-9 (it is very nice in a smaller garden)


Great Maidens Blush

These Alba roses are a soft pink, very double, rosebush with simply lovely flowers.

This is an old-timer introduced before 1500

The long lasting flowers have a pure, sweet fragrance.

The arching bush grows vigorous to 8'.

It is unusually tolerant of shade, and immune to common fungus diseases.

The bush is extremely hardy zones 4-10

Konigen von Danemark

The flowers are very double. They are light pink, shading to deeper pinks at the center.

Flowers are 2 1/2- 3 1/2" across.

Blooms are quartered with a button eye.

Intense, sweet fragrance.

This once-bloomer grows upright and open, 5-6' with matte, blue-green foliage.

Immune to mildew and black spot.

Extremely hardy.

Mme Plantier

Sometimes called "The Brides Rose", this Alba has very double, cream colored flowers, that bloom in medium to large clusters on nearly thornless plants.

The bush produces long, cascading branches, that could reach 15 ft. if left un-trimmed.

(a very beautiful rosebush) Hardy zone 3-9

Pompon Blanc Parfait

Blush white blooms are 2-3" across, and have 40 plus petals.

Moderate fragrance

This is a more compact Alba,(growing only to around 4') and produces blooms longer into the season than most Alba roses.

Blooms come in bunches on almost thornless canes.

Dense foliage makes the bush attractive even when the blooms are gone.


Queen of Denmark

Medium pink color, with quartered, Double, or rosette form flowers. A very fragrant rose with a strong (Damask scent)

This compact Rose can reach 5' x 4' wide.

They are hardy zones 4-8

White Rose of York

The flowers are semi-double, and very white. A very fragrant Alba , that is shade tolerant.

Hardy zones 3-9

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the (color) rose you want in a certain variety. Other than being Once Blooming; these Alba roses seem to "have it all" Hardiness, Fragrance, and Beauty Making it hard to beat that!

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