In Life-size Roses, Amaury Rosa de Poullois and Pierre-Yves Nédélec celebrate the Loubert rose collection, which includes more than 3,000 varieties.
Here are our six favourites.
To read: our articles on roses
Alba Rose Pond Pond Thigh
This non-upright, bushy rose can grow up to 2 m high and the fragrance of its large, pinkish-white flowers is powerful when it blooms in June-July.
“Mentioned in literature as early as the 15th century, this variety has never really left the gardens of England where it is probably native. Across the Channel, it is called Great Maiden’s Blush while Redouté, a famous botanical painter, calls it Rosier Blanc Royal. The freshness of its flowers is enhanced by the bluish-green foliage. And with its very evocative name, it is the most admired rose in the collection “.
- Culture Council : palissez the branches horizontally on a discreet support, such as a trellis. To be planted in the sun, bushy shrub hardy down to -15°C.
Hybrid of Rosa souliena Kew Rambler
It owes its name to its breeder, Kew, in 1913 in Great Britain. This linden rose blooms in July and is not afraid of the cold.
“Impressive (it can grow up to 5 m high!) and so easy to grow, it grows with disconcerting speed. And what about these huge bouquets of several dozen pink flowers with golden stamens, which contrast with the bluish-grey foliage? Magnificent! Very healthy and insensitive to disease, this ambassador of the Kew Botanic Garden remains a sure value. Its musky fragrance attracts bees and bumblebees “.
- Culture Council Choose a spacious place where it can fully develop, and stake this exuberant climber against a south-facing wall. Because of the heavy weight of the vegetation, make sure the trellis or trellis wires are strong.
Modern hybrid rose Madame Neyrière
“With its small, pale pink flowers and glossy foliage, this elegant little bush, 1 m high, has everything it takes to become a staple in rose garden catalogues. And yet this extremely rare rose is still exclusive to the Loubert establishments.
They naturally named her Mme Neyrière to thank this rose-lover from Anjou who shared her discovery. A very floriferous rose and indifferent to diseases “.
- Culture Council The tree is not tall enough to form a bushy bush, so plant it in groups of 3 or 4.
Rosa banksiae lutea
“No matter how hard you look for the slightest spur, you won’t find one in this completely inert, non-reverberant rambler.
By covering an entire section of wall or climbing a large tree, it sublimates its support with its many butter-yellow pompoms, from April (one of the first to flower) to June-July.
The only thing he needs now is the perfume to be on first-name terms with perfection”.
- Culture Council It appreciates deep, fertile and well-drained soils with a calcareous or neutral pH. Somewhat chilly, it likes a south-facing wall that accumulates heat from the first rays of the spring sun.
Portland Rose Rose of Rescht
Particularly easy to live with, this remontant rose blooms first from May to June and then from September to October. “Its unique colouring ranges from fuchsia to raspberry.
From the beginning of summer, this bush is covered with dense and fragrant bouquets. The dark foliage is itself very abundant. Just like the little prickles that will remind you when you remove the wilted flowers by hand”.
- Culture Council Do not hesitate to cut it short in November, it will grow back with all the more vigour. It reaches 1.20 m and likes the sun or half-shade, in cool soil, even in small spaces for novice gardeners.
Mentor, Wichura Rose Hybrid
“As if under a miniaturist’s brush, small touches of rose are placed on a lighter flat surface.
To appreciate its finesse, you will have to closely observe the perfectly ordered corollas.
If the summer bloom is still abundant, the rise is more discreet. This does not detract from the delicious fragrance of this extremely rare American rose.
- Culture Council If you are lucky enough to get it, place it prominently on the edge of the house to impress visitors.
To read: Life-size roses, by Amaury Rosa de Poullois and Pierre-Yves Nédélec, published by Delachaux and Niestlé.
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Credits of the visuals: 1- Rosa alba Cuisse de Nymphe: ©Pierre-Yves Nédélec 2- Hybrid of Rosa souliena Kew rambler: ©Pierre-Yves Nédélec 3- Mme Neyrière: ©Pierre-Yves Nédélec 4- Rosa banksia lutea: ©Pierre-Yves Nédélec 5- Rose de Resch: ©Pierre-Yves Nédélec 6- Mentor: ©Pierre-Yves Nédélec + Life-size cover of the book Roses