Our romance with these woody perennial beauties goes back thousands of years to Persia, China and the countries of the Mediterranean. In the early part of the 19th century, Joséphine, wife of French emperor Napoleon, had a small army of gardeners at her Château de Malmaison working on her collection of over 250 varieties of roses. (From this we have the rose Souvenir de Malmaison.) But we are all rosarians at heart, and we're lucky in Austin to be able to visit the rose gardens at Zilker Botanical Garden in the spring, or view the collection at the fenceline of the Austin State Hospital on Guadalupe near the university. Or we can just bring the beauty of roses into our landscapes and gardens.