Gallicas are the oldest of the garden roses, having been grown by the Greeks and Romans. Later, they were bred by the Dutch and French, as many of the names indicate. Gallicas are fine varieties with great color range for the old roses. They offer shades of pink, reds, purples and even crimson-red with stripes. They are heavy bloomers and most are very fragrant. Their compact size makes them well-suited for small gardens.