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Rose Garden Themes: Mythology-Roman Olympians

Jupiter

Jupiter

A garden featuring roses named for the Roman Olympians could include a large number of roses representing many different groups from old garden roses to modern hybrid teas, floribundas and minis. Some deities have a single rose named for them while others have more than one rose, providing additional opportunity for diversity. Color choices include white, pink, red, yellow, mauve, and blends. Roses named ‘Diana’ are probably named after England’s princess so using the Greek Artemis is more appropriate. This list is more of interest from a cultural point of view rather than practical as most of the roses will be very difficult to find.

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

Bacchus: God of wine, fertility, and ecstasy

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

Ceres: Goddess of agriculture and fertility

    Rose Name: ‘Ceres’
    Type: Hybrid Musk
    Origin: United Kingdom, 1914
    Color: Yellow and pink
    Petal Number: Semi double to double
    Scent: Mild

    Rose Name: ’Ceres’ (aka ‘Orange Baby’
    Type: Miniature
    Origin: Germany, 1994
    Color: Orange-red
    Petal Number: 40
    Scent: None

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

    Rose Name: ‘Artemis’ (There is no rose named ‘Diana’ that can be identified with certainty with the goddess so the Greek equivalent is used.)
    Type: Shrub
    Origin: Germany, 2004
    Color: Cream with green highlights
    Petal Number: Full (26-40)
    Scent: Strong anise

Juno: Queen of the gods

    Rose Name: ‘Juno’
    Type: Hybrid Tea
    Origin: US, 1950
    Color: Medium pink
    Petal Number: Full (26-40)
    Scent: Mild

    Rose Name: ‘Juno’
    Type: Centrifolia
    Origin: Unknown; before 1820
    Color: Light pink
    Petal Number: Very Double
    Scent: Strong

Jupiter: King of the gods, sky, and thunder

    Rose Name: ‘Jupiter’
    Type: MiniFlora
    Origin: US 2008
    Color: Mauve, purple blend
    Petal Number: Full (26-40)
    Scent: None to mild

    Rose Name: ‘Jupiter’
    Type: Shrub
    Origin: Germany, 1987
    Color: Whiter or white blend
    Petal Number: Double (17-25)
    Scent: None

Mars: God of war

    Rose Name: ‘Mars’
    Type: Hybrid Tea
    Origin: United Kingdom, 1927
    Color: Orange pink
    Scent: Strong

Mercury: Messenger of the gods

    Rose Name: ‘Mercury’
    Type: Floribunda
    Origin: United Kingdom, 1967
    Color: Orange to orange-red
    Scent: None

    Rose Name: ‘Mercury 1000’
    Type: Shrub
    Origin: Poland, before 1996
    Color: Red
    Petal Number: Double (17-25)
    Scent: None

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

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

Neptune: God of the sea

    Rose Name: ’Neptune’
    Type: Hybrid Tea
    Origin: US, 2003
    Color: Mauve or mauve blend; lavender with purple edges
    Petal Number: 34-45
    Scent: Strong; citrus, sweet

Venus: Goddess of love

    Rose Name: ‘Venus’
    Type: Hybrid perpetual
    Origin: Germany, 1895
    Color: Purple-red
    Petal Number: Full (26-40)
    Scent: Strong

    Rose Name: ‘Venus’
    Type: Miniature
    Origin: Spain, 1996
    Color: Yellow blend
    Petal Number: 41
    Scent: Mild

Vulcan: God of fire

    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