MONS. TILLIER – Old Fashioned Tea Rose with the most extraordinary vigour that it is almost maintenance free


Bred by Bernaix, France, 1891, is synonymous with the rose named ‘Archiduc Joseph’ and it is a very widely grown old Tea Rose which you might find in an old cemetery or the only surviving rose at the deserted farm-house. If left to its own devices, this magnificent rose can grow to immense size but is also very comfortable with pruning.

Monsier Tillier’s colour is a confusion of fleshy salmon pink and as the flowers age, there is a hint of purple/apricot and dark pink. This rose never stops flowering and is so very popular in Australia because in the very warm zones, it may produce tea-scented flowers throughout the entire year. While it is flowering on the stem, the new shoots are producing the next round of flowers.

The bush, like all the Tea Roses, is very hardy and pruning the bush regularly, will produce a very rounded shrub to 1.5 metres and it is ideal as a rose hedge. The foliage is mid-green with the new shoots dark red and it is an exceedingly healthy shrub rose.

  • Extremely tough strong growing Tea Rose
  • Light Tea Rose fragrance
  • Reliably flowering throughout the season
  • Delightful confusion of salmon and mauve pinks


The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:

WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.

FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.

PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.

MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.

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