These are the original old roses, those that were established before the introduction of the repeat-flowering China Rose at the end of the 18th century. These roses include the following classes: the Gallicas, the Damasks, the Albas, the Centifolias, and the Moss Roses. The original old roses are relatively large shrubs reaching 3 to 6 feet both in width and height, depending on the variety; they are once flowering and very hardy, with exceptionally strong scents and a special beauty that reveals itself most when they are in full bloom. Their color range is somewhat limited, as they are mostly white, pink, soft maroon, mauve, and purple, however these old roses possess a softness of color that rarely can be found among later roses.