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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

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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Are you looking for an easy rose that will fit in anywhere and asks for almost nothing and in return, rewards you with stunning fl...owers and great garden performance? Well, here it is! Moonlight Melody absolutely sparkles in the landscape, with its bright white, 2˝-inch blooms that stand out beautifully against the small, glossy, dark green foliage. Only growing to about 18 inches high and 18 to 24 inches wide, this low shrub rose is ideal for making a big impact in a small space. Youll love seeing the pretty pointed buds open into dazzling blooms on 6-inch stems, each one showing off 5 petals. Moonlight Melody is perfect for a number of applications, from beds and mixed perennial borders to low hedges and even containers. Place it in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny spot and watch your summer garden light up! Prune in spring, removing old canes and dead or damaged wood and cutting back canes that cross each other. In warmer climates, the remaining canes can be cut back by one third. Youll probably have to prune a bit more in colder climates. Zones 4-9. read more

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Plant Patent #18,562. Cultivar name: RADsunny Just when you think the Knock Out® series may be complete, another new look comes al...ong to astound and delight! Sunny Knock Out® has large blooms that open buttery yellow, then mature through all stages of cream and ivory to pure white. But its most interesting feature is that unlike the others in the series, it is fragrant, releasing a woodsy, apple-like scent best described as sweetbriar. These single blooms reach 3 inches across and radiate soft, bright color from late spring until first hard frost. Very abundant, they lighten and brighten any setting, and once they are fully blooming, the combination of yellow, cream, and white blooms is breathtaking. This plant tends to repeat in great waves, so it is seldom caught out of bloom over its long, long season! Like other Knock Outs®, Sunny is very resistant to blackspot as well as to mildew, rust, and Japanese beetles. Vigorous and very well-branched, it reaches 4 to 4˝ feet tall and spreads nearly as wide, with excellent branching studded with buds and blooms. A carefree joy for any sunny setting from the rose garden to a hedge, foundation, or border, Sunny Knock Out® is not to be missed! If you like the idea of a rose that blooms heavily over 3 seasons without spraying or pruning, resists blackspot and other problems, and always looks fresh and tidy, you must try other Knock Outs® as well. Zones 5-9. read more

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Apricot-orange blooms--what a fantastic treasure for your garden! Westerland is a vigorous and versatile rose! Classified as a shr...ub, this rose can also be trained as a climber--what more could a rose lover ask for? It presents small clusters of flowers that reach a diameter of almost 5 inches and perfume the air with a strong clove, rose, spicy fragrance. The soft-colored, double blooms open from attractive ovoid buds, boasting 17 to 25 ruffled petals that are nothing short of breathtaking! Youll love how the various shades of apricot and orange blend into each other across the petals, creating an artistic look that barely seems real. Westerland is a wonderfully versatile rose as well. Growing from 5 to 12 feet high and about 4 feet wide, its great for landscaping or growing in containers (in mild climates) and can even be trained as a climber. And of course, the blooms are wonderful for cutflower arrangements! Hardy and vigorous, its shown excellent disease resistance, so its large, dark green foliage will stay clean and healthy all season long! Plant in moist, well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. Var: KORlawe. Zones 5-10. read more

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Plant Patent #16,198. Cultivar name: PROse. This delightful Floribunda has the beauty and fragrance of an Old Rose with the modern... vigor, disease resistance, and bloom strength of a modern hybrid. Burgundy Iceberg? is prepared to flower all summer long, filling garden and vase with a strong honey-like scent and adding rich, dark, highly unusual color to the Rose display. Each of these blooms is fully double-flowered, with 20 to 25 petals that sport a deep pink reverse (exterior) to complement their dark burgundy interior. The coloration is purple to red-burgundy depending on the climate, with darker coloring in cooler temperatures. Measuring 3 to 4 1/2 inches wide, they arise in large clusters from late spring until the cool fall weather sets in. Very tolerant of heat and humidity, they are a superb choice for the south and southwest, but also content in shorter and cooler summer climates. Burgundy Iceberg? has won numerous awards in its native Australia, and we believe it will be a success here as well. This color is simply unavailable in most other Roses, and the rich fragrance and floriferousness make this shrub very valuable. Best of all, it has disease-resistant foliage, so you can plant it right into the crowded border (or in containers) without worrying about mildew and blackspot. If you have never grown a Rose before, Burgundy Iceberg? is a splendid way to begin. If youre a seasoned Rosarian, you can count on this cultivar to be one of the highest-performing and most trouble-free varieties in your garden! Zones 5-9. read more

Miniature

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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Grandiflora

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.

Climber

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

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This outstanding classic (introduced in 1930) is the standard by which all repeat-flowering climbers are judged! If you have stron...g vertical or horizontal support for this magnificent rose, add it to your garden at once! New Dawn is a free-flowering, easy-to-grow standout rose. Its blooms are fragrant, its glossy, dark green foliage lush and surprisingly disease resistant, and its season of bloom very long. Each fully double bloom measures 3 to 4 inches wide, sporting tones of pearlescent blush. The scent is powerfully sweet, making New Dawn a great choice for the vase as well as the garden. And the blooms arise in big clusters, so a single snip makes a bouquet. Climbing 18 to 20 feet high and 7 to 10 feet wide, New Dawn flowers reliably all summer long and into autumn in many climates. Its hardy, very vigorous, and tolerant of some shade. A classic for more than 75 years, it is a superb choice for a wide variety of areas, from pillars, arbors, and trellises to inclusion in the cut garden. This climbing rose can be grown in the ground or in a container, but container growth will require winter protection. It can be pruned after flowering is finished to maintain a smaller habit. Zones 5-9. read more

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This elegant rose is the showpiece of the Vatican private garden and will gladly grace yours as well! Among the finest white roses... ever, it produces pure, luminous white, lavishly petaled 5-inch blossoms with a delightful fresh citrus fragrance. This exceptional hybrid tea has received top ratings for its powerful scent, vigorous growth, superior disease resistance, and perfect bloom form. These sparkling blooms unfurl from delightful pointed, ovoid buds, revealing up to 30 clean white petals. They arise in flushes throughout their early summer to late summer season, standing out brilliantly against the background of glossy, dark green, very disease-resistant foliage. The plants themselves reach a mature height of 4˝ to 5 feet and a width of 3˝ to 4 feet, so theyre ideal for a number of situations: beds, borders, cut gardens, even large patio containers. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun and water regularly, preferably in the morning. A layer of mulch during the summer months helps to retain moisture, keep roots cool, and discourage the growth of weeds. Prune hybrid tea roses to half height or 18-20 inches above the ground in early spring. Remove old canes and dead wood. Cut back canes that cross each other. Gardeners in warmer climates will want to cut the remaining canes by one-third, while those in colder climates will probably need to trim it a bit more. read more

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Reminiscent of an ocean coral, the soft tropical colors of this gorgeous Floribunda are as enchanting as its rich peachy fragrance.... Each creamy-orange, ovoid bud opens to a full, 2˝- to 3-inch bloom of peach-pink petals, which weave around each other, vying for the suns gentle touch. Even when not in bloom, Caribbean Breeze is a joy to have in the garden, as its lovely glossy, dark green foliage and compact habit make it a standout anywhere its placed. Reaching a very versatile mature size of just 2˝ to 3 feet high 2 feet wide, its ideal for everything from beds and borders to low hedges and patio containers. And yes, this is one little gem youll want prominently displayed in your cut garden! Plant this floribunda in well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Spring pruning is recommended. Old and dead wood should be removed and canes that cross need to be cut back. Gardeners in warmer climates should cut back the remaining canes by about one-third, while those in colder areas will probably want to prune a little more than that. It can be grown in the ground or in a container (containers will require winter protection). Zones 5-10. read more

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Of course its not edible, but this splendid new AARS-winning floribunda honors one of Americas greatest chefs with magnificent col...or and scent! The big, fully double, 3-inch blossoms are butter-yellow and wonderfully redolent of licorice. They arise in giant clusters all over compact, disease-resistant shrubs just 3˝ feet high and wide--perfect for any location from the border to your finest containers! The blooms open from pointed, ovoid buds and stand atop stems 20 to 26 inches long. And the lovely glossy, dark green foliage keeps it attractive even when not in bloom. Bred by multiple AARS winner Tom Carruth, this splendid rose offers perfect form on each petal-packed blossom. Cut all you like for indoor arrangements; the long late spring to early summer bloomtime of Julia Child ensures that there will be more blossoms on the way! Very heat tolerant, this compact, vigorous shrub is easy to care for in the sunny garden. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun. Remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom. Spring pruning is recommended. Old and dead wood should be removed and canes that cross need to be cut back. Gardeners in warmer climates should cut back the remaining canes by about one-third, while those in colder areas will probably want to prune a little more than that. read more

Tree

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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Plant Patent #18,554. Cultivar name: WEKisosblip. The first lavender-toned Rose to win an All-America Rose Selection in more than ...20 years, Wild Blue Yonder is the fragrant, ruffled, brilliantly colored Rose weve been waiting for! Not only are the fully double blooms packed with lavender-rose tones, but theyre shaped like Camellia flowers, and boast an enticing fragrance that combines zesty citrus with Old Rose scent. Heaven! These flowers are quite large, with 25 to 30 petals apiece and a light lavender base. As the blooms open wider and wider, they appear to have a white eye at the center thats very attention-getting. And youll have plenty of chance to enjoy them, because after the first flush of color, Wild Blue Yonder rests for a few weeks, then blooms again! This plant is 4 to 5 feet tall and about 4 feet wide, a good size for a hedge and very well-branched, giving you more blooms than youd expect during its two seasons of color. The foliage is clean and dark green, keeping Wild Blue Yonder attractive even when not in bloom. Bred by master Rosarian Tom Carruth, Wild Blue Yonder is a vigorous, very garden-tough shrub thats resistant to mildew and rust. Give this Grandiflora plenty of sunshine and well-drained, enriched soil for best flowering. Unlike many Roses, it actually improves in bloom strength with each passing year! Truly a legacy Rose for your garden, it will become a family treasure. Zones 4-9. read more

Wild Blue Yonder Grandiflora Rose
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Are you looking for an easy rose that will fit in anywhere and asks for almost nothing and in return, rewards you with stunning fl...owers and great garden performance? Well, here it is! Moonlight Melody absolutely sparkles in the landscape, with its bright white, 2˝-inch blooms that stand out beautifully against the small, glossy, dark green foliage. Only growing to about 18 inches high and 18 to 24 inches wide, this low shrub rose is ideal for making a big impact in a small space. Youll love seeing the pretty pointed buds open into dazzling blooms on 6-inch stems, each one showing off 5 petals. Moonlight Melody is perfect for a number of applications, from beds and mixed perennial borders to low hedges and even containers. Place it in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny spot and watch your summer garden light up! Prune in spring, removing old canes and dead or damaged wood and cutting back canes that cross each other. In warmer climates, the remaining canes can be cut back by one third. Youll probably have to prune a bit more in colder climates. Zones 4-9. read more

Moonlight Melody Shrub Rose
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Even if you dont share my love for yellow roses, how can you resist the positively neon-bright golden blooms of cheery, easy-as-pi...e Midas Touch?? So weather-resistant youll wonder if its really a rose, this hybrid tea holds its color proudly, even in hot weather, and releases a pleasant, fruity-sweet fragrance into the summer air. What a delight! The fully double, beautifully formed 3- to 4-inch blooms, comprised of 17 to 25 petals, are very long-lived in the vase, too. They have a nice design detail: the outermost petal tips are softly recurved, creating a point in the center of each petal. No wonder this 1992 introduction promptly won recognition from the AARS! If you are prey to bad weather (and who isnt?), this is the shrub to grow! Very weather-resistant, this vigorous plant reaches 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall and wide, with fresh, disease-resistant foliage that keeps the garden looking healthy. All this and gorgeous color, too! It doesnt get much better than this! It should be pruned in the spring, to half height or 18-20 inches above the ground, with the removal of old canes and dead wood. Cut back canes that cross each other. Gardeners in warmer climates will want to cut the remaining canes by one-third, while those in colder climates will probably need to trim it a bit more. read more

Midas Touch Hybrid Tea Rose
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Our 2009 Floribunda of the Year® winner, Kimberlina, is one of the healthiest, toughest, most vigorous floribundas ever introduced.... Set against glossy, dark green foliage on an upright, well-branched plant, its light pink blooms with a rose-pink reverse exhibit a soft-spoken elegance and versatility that lends itself ideally to any type of mixed landscape. The 3-inch blossoms open from attractive pointed, ovoid buds that appear in large clusters, arising in flushes throughout their early summer to late summer season and offering a light but pleasant spicy fragrance. The plant reaches a mature size of 4 feet high and 3˝ feet wide, making it ideal for beds, borders, low hedges, and patio containers. Youll want one in your cut garden as well, so you can snip a few bouquets here and there to brighten your home! Plant this floribunda in well-drained soil in full sun. Remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom. Spring pruning is recommended. Old and dead wood should be removed and canes that cross need to be cut back. Gardeners in warmer climates should cut back the remaining canes by about one-third, while those in colder areas will probably want to prune a little more than that. Var: JACpoulp (PPAF). Zones 5-10. read more

Kimberlina Floribunda Rose
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Bill Warriner? is named in honor of Jackson and Perkins chief hybridizer, and it is truly an outstanding rose. Its covered with la...rge clusters of lightly sweet-scented, 3- to 4-inch, salmon-coral flowers of perfect hybrid tea form. This superb rose has excellent substance, making it a good choice for cutflower arrangements as well as the garden. The blooms arise in flushes throughout the season on 5- to 15-inch stems, opening from pointed, ovoid buds and displaying 26 to 40 ruffled petals each. Its glossy, dark green foliage is disease resistant, and due to its compact habit (only reaching 2 to 3 feet high and wide at maturity) and long bloom season, Bill Warriner? is a great selection for the residential landscape. What a fantastic rose for garden or container! Plant this floribunda in medium-moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Spring pruning is recommended. Old and dead wood should be removed and canes that cross need to be cut back. Gardeners in warmer climates should cut back the remaining canes by about one-third, while those in colder areas will probably want to prune a little more than that. It can be grown in the ground or in a container (containers will require winter protection). read more

Bill Warriner Floribunda Rose
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You can practically feel the delicious warmth of that long-awaited first day of summer when you bask in the soft colors and spicy ...fragrance of Sunny Days. Our 2012 Floribunda of the Year® is stunning, with layer upon layer of pale yellow, perfectly shaped petals that form clusters of blooms eager to brighten your garden and home! Each dazzling blossom opens from a lovely pointed bud, ultimately displaying about 30 petals and reaching 3˝ inches across. Arising on 12- to 14-inch stems, these blooms make amazing cut flowers as well as garden standouts! The plant is not only beautiful, with its healthy, glossy, dark green foliage, but its compact size of 3˝ feet high and wide makes it ideal for a number of applications, including beds, borders, low hedges, and patio containers. Isnt it time your garden was blessed with Sunny Days? . Plant in full sun in a moist, well-drained area. Sunny Days should be pruned in the spring, with the removal of old canes and dead wood. Cut back canes that cross each other. Gardeners in warmer climates will want to cut the remaining canes by one-third, while those in colder climates will probably need to trim it a bit more. It can be grown in the ground or in a container (will require winter protection if planted in a container). Budded (grafted). read more

Sunny Days Floribunda Rose
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What a great name for a rose! And what a dramatically colored bloom to live up to that unique name! Purple Tigers dazzling blooms ...appear in flushes from early summer until frost (remove spend flowers to encourage rebloom), each one a rich shade of purple thats streaked and flecked with white. Its absolutely gorgeous, and its beauty doesnt stop with the visual appeal; this eye-catching floribunda also delights the nose with a strong antique-rose fragrance! Typically growing to a height of 3-4, its matte green foliage is the perfect backdrop to the loosely semi-double purple and white blooms. It makes a stunning specimen planting or in small groups in borders, foundations, cottage gardens, or amidst your other roses. Purple Tiger is best grown in medium-moisture, well-drained, loamy soil, preferably in full sun. Although it will handle some shade, its best disease resistance and flowering do occur in full sun. Prune Purple Tiger in spring, removing old canes and dead or diseased wood and cutting back any canes that cross. Gardeners in warmer climates should cut back the remaining canes by about one third, and those in colder areas may need to prune a bit more. Purple Tiger does require spring freeze protection. If grown in a container, it will need winter protection. Zones 5-9. Var: JACpurr (PPAF) read more

Purple Tiger Floribunda Rose
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Given top honors by All America Rose Selections (AARS) judges, Mardi Gras performed exceptionally in one of the most rigorous rose... trials in the world. This garden gem shows the same impressive vigor and disease resistance of its AARS-winning parent, Singin in the Rain. Its pointed, ovoid apricot-orange to red buds slowly open to reveal 4-inch bright pink and yellow blooms with a yellow base that fill the garden with a lovely spicy fragrance. The colorful clusters of blossoms, which arise continuously throughout their early summer to late summer season, stand out in stark contrast to the dark green leaves. The upright, vigorous, very disease-resistant plant reaches a mature size of 4 feet high and 2˝ feet wide, making it a great selection for patio containers as well as the garden. This floribunda is a very consistent performer, and just one plant can create its own parade of color! Plant in well-drained soil in full sun. Spring pruning is recommended. Old and dead wood should be removed and canes that cross need to be cut back. Gardeners in warmer climates should cut back the remaining canes by about one-third, while those in colder areas will probably want to prune a little more than that. read more

Mardi Gras Floribunda Rose
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Plant Patent #17,305. Cultivar Name: WEKosupalz This charming backwards bicolor Grandiflora sports masses of warm-toned blooms boa...sting 26-30 petals, a subtle fragrance of fresh apple, and long-stemmed elegance you will love in the vase as well as the garden. Winner of a 2005 All-America Rose Selection, About Face? is one of the most exciting varieties to come along in quite a while! The exterior of the petals are bronzy-red, so when the 2 1/2- to 4-inch flowers are in bud, they have a dark, rich glow. As they start to open, however, you can glimpse the bright orange-gold within. Very showy on a fully-blooming shrub, with both buds and open blooms at once! Marvelously vigorous, this 5- to 6-foot-tall shrub sets an amazing number of blooms over a long summer season. And these flowers are so lovely, with a petal-packed, fully double form and old-fashioned look! About Face? was bred from O Sole Mio and a seedling plus Midas Touch crossed with Hot Cocoa, so you can see the range of colors and forms involved in its creation. It is the work of Rosarian Tom Carruth, the breeder of many recent AARS winners, so you can expect it to be very garden-worthy and easy to care for. Give About Face? a place of honor in your Rose garden today, and enjoy bouquets of bright blooms for many seasons to come! Zones 7-9. read more

About Face Grandiflora Rose
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Glossy lime green, glistening foliage, with large pure white, fragrant blooms in August. Vigorous grower that adapts well to many ...light exposures. read more

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