Many of our best-loved plants first entered the South through Charleston. Here’s the fascinating story of how they got to the region's garden gateway and then to your backyard.
Photo: Van Chaplin, Ralph Anderson
These roses were named for Philippe Noisette, a French nurseryman in Charleston in the early 1800s. The blooms resulted from crosses made by Charleston landowner John Champneys between ‘Old Blush’ China rose (Rosa chinensis) and musk rose (R. moschata). Unlike many old European roses that bloom only in spring, these fragrant shrubs and arching climbers bloom repeatedly from spring through fall. Today, you’ll find the South’s own class of rose blooming around Charleston at places such as Boone Hall and Hampton Park.