(Charles Lawson shown)
This group might well be added to the larger group of Hybrid Chinas, but as we grow several of these which show strong affinity to the Bourbons, especially in their waxy, grey-toned foliage, we include them here after their reblooming kin. Many Hybrid Bourbons, such as VARIEGATA DI BOLOGNA (pictured), have long been called Bourbons when, in fact, they rarely rebloom and have a larger dose of old rose in their makeup. We hope that induding these here where they are likely to be looked for will make finding them easier for you.
The Hybrid Bourbons are fairly consistant in growth habit, making large spreading shrubs with stout, flexible basal canes, and a profusion of bloom on modest lateral stems. There are two types:
1. (E.g. 'NATHALIES'S HIGH HILLS") Large.
2. (E.g. BLAIRII #2) Extremely large, almost like ramblers.