Roses have been a cultural tradition on the Italian peninsula since antiquity: in fact, we see them in the classic iconographic of the horti picti of Pompei.
In later centuries, they are used architecturally and geometrically as espalier roses, and then become the uncontested feature of spaces dedicated to them: rose gardens.
During the nineteenth century, many hybridisations were experimented with, particularly with oriental species, and this introduced an exceptional number of varieties of form and colour, that we are able to enjoy today.
But roses are not only ornamental flowers: still today, they are fundamental in the preparation of essences and perfumes, and for their therapeutic use too.
The Roses of Vignamaggio’s Borgo
At the Borgo, roses are used in a fresh and contemporary way: an entwinement that, over time, will wrap the pergola on the Terrazza degli sposi and the Tempietto, in a fragrant embrace.
The roses are still growing at the moment, but because of staggered flowering periods, they already adorn the garden with a dynamic and spectacular sight.
In fact, when the candida Uetersener Klosterrose goes dormant, after its delicate flowering lasting from May until the first cold spells, the Quicksilver begins to flower for the second time, after its first in spring. Our visitors are pleasantly surprised with this new autumn flowering that adorns the Terrazza degli Sposi with its unique display of lavender.
Rosa Uetersener Klosterrose
A sarmentose climbing rose that grows up to about 3 metres in height. It is re-flowering, delicately fragrant and has an iridescent flower, pastel pink as a bud, slowly fading to white as it opens. The double, cup-shaped flowers present in small bunches, and being a re-flowering rose, can be admired and its perfume enjoyed until the beginning of Autumn.
This rose was selected by the German company Tantau in 2006 and is one of the climbing roses that adorn the oldest and most famous German Rosarium.
The rose has won many prizes, like a silver medal at the Geneva Rose Trials, and bronze at the Gifu Rose Trials (Japan).
Quicksilver is a modern Kordes climbing rose with large lavender coloured, double flowers. It was selected for its fragrance and full blooms, and for its vigour, because this rose can reach about 5 metres in height and cover structures like arches and pergolas.
A robust climber, disease resistant and re-flowering: it boasts exceptional flowering half way through spring and again in Autumn.
Throughout summer, it remains compact with dark green, hardy foliage, similar to the shiny, dark foliage of the Uetersener klosterrose. Unlike the latter however, the Quicksilver’s flowers can be cut and used for flower arrangements in vases and bouquets.