Unusual color roses – a splash of color

Unusual color roses in the garden

Rose is arguably the flower of choice when we take a bouquet to the loved one. Traditionally, the red rose symbolizes sincere and passionate love, a message which dates back to ancient times when Greeks and Romans associated the flower with their gods Aphrodite and, respectively, Venus. Over the course of time, gardeners bred various types of unusual color roses, with eye-catching chromatic combinations. Below are a few examples of such unusual color roses.

Green Ice is unique rose having buds of soft apricot that open into fully double blooms of soft, cool green or deeper green when grown in partial shade. The color of Green Ice comes closer to a true green than any other rose.

Unusual color roses in the garden

Unusual color roses – Green Ice

Black Baccara is a one of a kind rose having a velvety texture and unique color with a mild nutty fragrance. The passion inspiring blooms are produced on a continual blooming.

Unusual color roses in the garden

Unusual color roses – Black Baccara

Distant Drums is a wonderful rose with one of the most unique coloring in rosedom. Its blooms have ruffled petals which are bronze-brown in the center shading to lavender toward the edges, displaying a rare beauty. Heady, myrrh fragrance, an outstanding rose on a continually blooming upright bushy plant.

Unusual color roses in the garden

Unusual color roses – Distant Drums

Stars and Stripes was released in 1976 to celebrate America’s bicentennial.

Unusual color roses in the garden

Unusual color roses – Stars ‘n’ stripes

Variegate di Bologna is a rose with large, cupped flowers of creamy white cleanly striped with purple crimson. One of the most striking of the striped roses providing a fantastic display and only a few later blooms.

Unusual color roses in the garden

Unusual color roses – Variegata di Bologna

Hot cocoa is a rose of unusual coloring. Smokey chocolate-orange ruffled blooms, with 40 petals, with a fruity/spice fragrance, produced on a continual blooming shrub.

Unusual color roses in the garden

Unusual color roses – Hot Cocoa

Nostalgie is a rose with a distinctive shape, fragrance and a rare color combination of creamy-white with cherry-red with a bewitching fragrance. Most roses bred commercially for cutting are grown in the greenhouse, but Nostalgie can be grown outdoors as it is so robust.

Unusual color roses in the garden

Unusual color roses – Nostalgie

Rosa Mundi is one of the most famous of all old garden roses. Striking, semi-double blooms with crimson background splashed and striped white and pink, set off by bright golden stamens. Rosa Mundi was named after Fair Rosamund, the mistress of King Henry II of England. Produces nice hips in the fall for the birds to enjoy and is also shade tolerant.

Unusual color roses in the garden

Unusual color roses – Rosa Mundi

Sources: Pinterest.com, Heirloomroses.com,

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