Novaspina is a company that deals with genetic improvement in garden rose and bearded iris. It officially opens in 2011 to propose a catalogue of exclusive rose bushes and irises, obtained from its own selection and other contemporary varieties of other colleagues, which have particular value, resistance and adaptability to our climate.

All our rose plants are grown and multiplied in our company, in our areas and land adjacent to the nursery. The climatic characteristics of the Paduan area offer a very favorable situation for the growth of robust roses.

The catalogue is in constant ferment and evolution and this year counts an average of 300 varieties of roses available, chosen among the best for reliability, colour, performance, perfume and health.

Novaspina is exclusive for Italy to the roses of Dominique Massad, Les Provencelles®, Les Eglantelles® , Les Lianembelles® and introduces a preview of the varieties of Rolando Zandri and Marc Alberici.


To obtain a plant ready for sale, it takes on average two years, during which a large number of varieties, most of which are present in the catalogue, are multiplied by grafting.

All the cultivation and multiplication of the rose is carried out according to the complete chain process, which takes place for the most part in the open field.

Grafting is the crucial stage of multiplication: it is a “surgical” operation in which a bud of the rose to be multiplied is inserted into the collar of another rose, which takes the name of rootstock and will provide the root of the plant that will develop later.

These operations must generally be carried out in the open field and in all the following seasons, careful manual operations are required to keep the crop in excellent condition.

For the Iris, on the other hand, grafting is not necessary because it is a plant able to multiply autonomously, but cultivation requires continuous care and attention to keep it free from weeds and cultivated in such a way that it does not stagnate water.

The rose bushes sold are grown on annually rotated land, not served by irrigation channels and therefore grown without wetting.
Thanks to our latitude, the cultivation enjoys a long summer period, often with intense heat, humidity and drought that positively affect the strengthening of the tissues and the lignification of the branches.

That guarantees:

  • Hardened, branched and robust plants that are not damaged by frost.
  • Use of different rootstocks depending on the variety
  • Knowledge and awareness of what is offered to the client
  • Security on the labelled and truthfulness of the distributed varieties


The long process of hybridization and selection to obtain new varieties of roses and irises proceeds parallel to the cultivation chain and can take on average 8 years to obtain a new variety. This productive-creative combination creates the uniqueness of this company.

Novaspina focuses on the selection of roses that retain morphological characteristics suitable for development in difficult climates, whether hot or cold.

This nonconformist research comes from the use of little known parents to develop an improvement program from the oldest cultivars to the most current varieties.

Before a new rose enters the market, it takes 6-8 years of evaluation to establish the reliability of the plant even in climates other than its original one.

For this reason, more than 10,000 square meters of nursery area, outside the store, is cultivated to evaluate, test and then multiply the seedlings.

Many hours of work are spent to obtain as many new seedlings as possible which will be tested in the following years, but only an extremely small number of them will be worth multiplying.

In our territory, high temperatures, water imbalances and high relative humidity for a long time, inhibit the normal flowering and disease resistance of even the most reliable varieties (again this year there have been heat waves with temperatures ranging from 32 to 42 degrees for several weeks associated with high humidity and absence of rain).

In these conditions we are selecting some roses that show very satisfactory performance also in other climates; this is confirmed by the results at international competitions and many customers and gardeners satisfied with the recommended varieties.

As far as the irises are concerned, the selection and research is oriented towards tall beards, re-flowering hybrids and varieties with particular colours, easily inserted in the garden, in a border and as excellent companions of the roses.


Davide Dalla Libera

“To become experts in this work, in addition to being completely in love with it, you need the patience to learn daily from Nature what it reveals to man.

With this perspective of continuous improvement we hope to offer you more and more reliable roses, suitable for your gardens and your dreams”


In the online catalog, there are also the new varieties of those who support me in this work of passion, research and improvement. For Italy, Rolando Zandri and Marc Alberici with whom we are developing some four-handed roses.
For France, Dominique Massad who gave me the opportunity to introduce his new particularly colorful lines in Italy, suitable for the warm climate and a modern concept of garden.