Roses Buying Guide

From poems to sonnets, paintings to fiction, roses have been immortalized in nearly every creative medium. Gardeners know why: The amazing diversity of roses means there's a beautiful bloom for every style of garden.

Types of Roses

Types of Roses

Few plants elicit the kind of devotion that roses do. They've been tended to by gardeners for hundreds of years, and their blooms are still prized for their unique beauty and fragrance. Unfortunately, many gardeners are under the impression that roses require lots of tender loving care and patience. Luckily, newer varieties and better disease resistance have led to a broader range of roses on the market. Before you skip over these prized beauties, look at all the types: floribunda, hybrid tea, shrub and landscape, miniature, grandiflora, climber, and tree. Then find the right rose for your garden -- and get ready to fall in love with roses.


Floribunda roses are a nice choice for a shrublike garden addition; these bushy rose types provide flowers that cluster in groups of three to 15.

Hybrid Tea

Hybrid tea roses are quite popular and fairly traditional, producing one bloom per stem. Many also have a beautiful fragrance.

Shrub and Landscape

Shrub roses work well as a border or a focal point in a garden, while landscape roses -- which spread and have a lower growth habit -- most closely resemble a groundcover.

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With miniature blooms to match their growth habit, these smallest of roses -- the tiniest reaches only 6 inches -- work well either in the front of garden beds or in containers.

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A cross between the floribunda and hybrid tea roses, the grandiflora rose grows tall -- about 6 feet -- while producing clusters of what look like hybrid tea roses.


Typically found growing up a trellis or on an arbor, climbing roses feature canes adorned with beautifully full blooms.

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Tree roses are a combination plant: a rootstock with a grafted rose bush at the top. These must be tended to before cold weather hits to help them overwinter.

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