At the heart of this modern-day classic is a gallery of some 1500 roses, which are grouped by type in four sections: Wild Roses, Old Garden Roses, Modern Roses, and Miniatures and Mini-flora. Every rose is illustrated. The entry for each rose describes its appearance and gives brief details of its origin and history, where appropriate, together with any special growing requirements.
Additional information covers classification, colour class, alternative names, breeder, parentage, time of flowering, fragrance, habit, hardiness zones, and awards. Further sections cover the cultivation of roses, roses for special purposes, great rose gardens of the world, and famous rose breeders. There are also fifteen feature pieces on topics of more general interest, including the rose in poetry, David Austin’s English Roses, the rose in legend, the ‘Peace’ rose, the allure of the red rose, and the world’s favourite roses.
Written by renowned author/photographer Stirling Macoboy, this much-loved book was extensively revised and updated in 2007 by Tommy Cairns, winning the WFRS Literary Award in 2012.