Antique roses for Louisville?
It has become my custom to give roses to plant as housewarming presents to family members who move to new homes. I started doing this some years ago. Recently I have been thinking of a relative who moved into her present house before I began this tradition. If I can think of the perfect rose for her, I will send her one. Better late than never.
What qualities am I looking for?
Healthy in her climate (zone 6, humid summers)
I would consider reproduction roses for future planting, but I want this first rose to be an heirloom. She has a good-sized yard, so it can be large or small, climber or shrub. I just want it to do very, very well without spraying, and I want it to smell just wonderful. Any color will be considered. Repeat bloom, while desirable, is not absolutely required.