"The subject of old roses sparks many thoughts -- of romance, history, and big, overgrown gardens full of cottage flowers. However, old roses are fine plants for modern gardens and fit into a variety of situations. They offer color, scent, form and -- in or out of bloom -- they are always worth a good story. Old roses have a past, and they aren't afraid to admit it.".'Autumn Damask' is of unknown origins but has been identified since 1832 and grows as a tall shrub to ~6'. Its medium pink flowers generally open by mid-May and continue into mid-summer, they offer a great scent, and the plant is especially resistant to blackspot mildew and rust.