This rose is the now-ubiquitous Knock Out. We planted it at our school one year, and the following year it had been trampled to the point that it was a barely-alive throny stick. I dug it up one day, planted it in my blue folk-art tire planter with a rosemary, and it was off to the races. Earlier in March, before our late ice storm, it was 5 ft tall. I cut it back to 2 ft and it's 5 ft tall again and blooming it's silly head off. Not much fragrance, but it's nice to see right outside my back door.
This small flowered rose is one of the bees' favorite pollen sources. It is a rampant grower- even though I cut it back to a single 4 ft cane in January, it had scaled the front of our screen porch by April. The rains drove it down, so it's flopped over, and I'll cut it back after it finished flowering, or it will be 20 ft tall by the end of the season. The 1" blossoms have no fragrance to speak of, but the bees- honey, bumble, and small natives- flock to it. I got this from a friend who worked for a small house museum with a kitchen garden. It is a bit of a thug, but I still like it.
I have two of these climbing iceberg roses. They're tall- reaching for the roof. And of all of my roses, these root the easiest. I really enjoy these- they have a lemony fragrance and bloom non-stop. One is in the front yard, one is in the back.
I really never thought I'd be a rosarian, but it seems that I am! They are all mixed in with other perennials in the garden, and even in case of the Graham Thomas, in my vegetable bed. All of the named old roses are available through the excellent Antique Rose Emporium. I hope you'll give them a shot!