While I am as much a fan of new roses as the next person, I love to see big, mature, old rose bushes. Mature roses offer so much that their younger siblings can not. A young bush can not overwhelm you with thousands of blooms. A young rose is more susceptible to draught lacking the developed root system of a mature bush. And while we all love to see new basel breaks sending out strong new shoots of growth, it is the strong woody growth that can support the explosive displays of spring.