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Rose Garden Themes: Mythology-Greek Olympians

Zeus

'Zeus'

A garden that includes roses named for the Greek Olympian gods has some good modern roses to choose from but will have to borrow from Roman Olympian to be complete. There are no roses named for Hephaestus or Dionysus but roses named for the Roman equivalents, Vulcan and Bacchus are available. The roses named for Athena are florist roses and not suitable for growing in the garden but a rose name for the Roman equivalent, Minerva, may be substituted. Some deities such as Hera, have more than one rose named for them. Various types of roses are included such as hybrid tea, floribunda, hybrid perpetual, hybrid musk, and gallica. Colors range from yellow and orange to red, lavender, pink, and cream. Many of the roses are fragrant.

Zeus: King of the gods, sky and thunder

Rose Name: ‘Zeus’
Type: Climber
Origin: U.S., 1959
Color: Medium yellow
Petal Number: 25
Scent: Mild

Hera: Queen of the gods

Rose Name: ‘Hera’
Type: Hybrid Tea
Origin: Netherlands, 1924
Color: Medium red
Petal Number: 40
Scent: Strong

Rose Name: ‘Hera’s Song’
Type: Hybrid musk
Origin: US, 2009
Color: Pink blend
Petal Number: Full (26-40)
Scent: Strong myrrh

Poseidon: God of the sea

Rose Name:‘Poseidon’ (aka ‘Novalis’)
Type: Floribunda
Origin: Germany, 2010
Color: Mauve or mauve blend
Petal Number: 50-60
Scent: Mild

Demeter: Goddess of agriculture and fertility

Rose Name: ‘Demetra’
Type: Hybrid tea
Origin: Germany, 2003
Color: Orange-pink, salmon pink
Petal Number: Very double
Scent: None

Rose Name: ‘Demetra’
Type: Floribunda
Origin: Italy, 2002
Color: Yellow blend
Petal Number: Full
Scent: None

Dionysus: God of wine, fertility, and ecstasy. There are no roses with the name ‘Dionysus’ but one named for the Roman equivalent, Bacchus.

Rose Name:‘Bacchus’
Type: Hybrid tea
Origin: United Kingdom, 1951
Color: Deep pink
Petal Number: 25
Scent: Moderate

Apollo: God of healing, poetry, and light

Rose Name: ‘Apollo’
Type: Hybrid Tea
Origin: US, 1971
Color: Medium yellow
Petal Number: Double (17-25)
Scent: Strong

Artemis: Goddess of hunt, virginity, childbirth, archery, the moon, and animals

Rose Name: ‘Artemis’
Type: Shrub
Origin: Germany, 2004
Color: Cream with green highlights
Petal Number: Full (26-40)
Scent: Strong anise

Hermes: Messenger of the gods

Rose Name: ‘Hermes’
Type: Hybrid tea
Origin: Germany, 1935
Color: Deep yellow
Petal Number: Double (17-25)
Scent: Moderate

Athena: Goddess of wisdom, handicrafts, defense, and strategic warfare.

There are two florist roses by the name of ‘Athena’ that are suitable for greenhouse culture. For the garden a better choice is ‘Minerva’ the rose named after the Roman equivalent of Athena.

Rose Name: ‘Minerva’
Type: Floribunda
Origin: Belgium, 2010
Color: Mauve, mauve blend
Petal Number: Full
Scent: Strong and sweet

Ahphrodite: Goddess of love

Rose Name: ‘Aphrodite’
Type: Hybrid tea
Origin: United Kingdom, 1928
Color: Orange or orange-red
Petal Number: Semi-double,(9-16)
Scent: Strong

Rose Name: ‘Aphrodite’
Type: Shrub
Origin: Germany, 2006
Color: Pink
Petal Number: Very full (41+)
Scent: Spice

Rose Name: ‘Aphrodite’
Type: Gallica
Origin: France, 1827
Color: Red with violet shading
Petal Number: Double (17-25)
Scent: NA

Hephaestus: God of fire.

There are no roses named for Hephaestus; use ‘Vulcan’ the rose named for the Roman equivalent of Hephastus.

Rose Name: ‘Vulcan’
Type: Hybrid perpetual
Origin: France, 1861
Color: Red
Petal Number: Double (17-25)
Scent: None

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Recommended Reading:

Amercian Rose Society Encyclopedia of Roses
Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener
Gardening at Sissinghurst