Pink Roses That Add a Sweet Pop of Color to Any Garden

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Pink roses have played a starring role in great gardens around the world.

Pink roses

Traditional symbols of love and gratitude, pink roses have played a starring role in great gardens around the world. These spectacular plants are simply spectacular on their own or mixed with other roses or perennial flowers. Here are some of our favorites--from miniatures to climbers.

William Baffin

Climbing roses can be challenging for northern gardeners because they often freeze back to the ground in the winter. But ‘William Baffin,’ a member of the rugged Canadian Explorer rose series, is cold-tolerant, producing heavenly semidouble pink flowers throughout the summer.
Rose type: Climber
Size: 12 feet tall, 5 feet wide
Garden use: Arbors, trellises
Fragrance: Light
Zones: 3-10

New Dawn, climbing

The Queen of climbers, ‘New Dawn’ was once voted the most popular rose in the world. This superb variety sports wave after wave of blush-pink, double flowers with a delightful rose fragrance. ‘New Dawn’ is also sold in shrub form.
Rose type: Climber
Size: 12 to 18 feet tall, 6 to 8 feet wide
Garden use: Pergolas, sturdy trellises
Fragrance: Rich rose scent
Zones: 4-10

Carefree Beauty

Developed at Iowa State University, ‘Carefree Beauty’ was bred to be extra-disease-resistant and capable of surviving rough winters. This plant-it-and-forget it variety delivers a nonstop show of bright pink, semidouble flowers, followed by red hips in the fall.
Rose type: Shrub
Size: 5 feet tall and wide
Garden use: Flower borders, hedges
Fragrance: Moderate
Zones: 4-9

Seven Sisters

Early pioneers loved ‘Seven Sisters’ so much that it’s believed they carried it across the prairies in their Conestoga wagons. This vigorous rambler gets its name from its clusters of small, double blooms that shift in color as they mature, creating a small bouquet of carmine, pink, mauve, purple, and cream flowers on each stalk.
Rose type: Rambler
Size: 15 to 20 feet tall, 6 feet wide
Garden use: Fences, walls
Fragrance: Light
Zones: 4-9

Gertrude Jekyll

Named for Britain’s most famous garden designer, ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is prized for its rounded, crepe paper-like, fragrant blooms that appear all summer. Although it looks like an heirloom, ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ was introduced in 1986.
Rose type: Shrub
Size: 4 feet tall and wide
Garden use: Flower borders, hedges
Fragrance: Strong rose scent
Zones: 5-9

Simplicity

One of the first roses sold specifically to be used as a hedge, ‘Simplicity’ lives up to its name. This award-winning rose tolerates heat, humidity, and pests, all the while producing a never-ending show of pink, double flowers. It’s also available in red and yellow-flowering forms.
Rose type: Landscape
Size: 4 feet tall, 3 feet wide
Garden use: Hedges, flower borders
Fragrance: Light, sweet
Zones: 5-10

Rosa glauca

Growing roses in shade is practically impossible. Roses are sun worshipers that only bloom well in an exposed location. However, Rosa glauca is an exception. This unusual rose does just fine in light shade, developing small single pink flowers surrounded by reddish-purple foliage and stems. Rosa glauca blooms only in the spring. It develops bright red hips in the fall.
Rose type: Species
Size: 6 to 8 feet tall, 5 to 6 feet wide
Garden use: Shrub border
Fragrance: Light
Zones: 2-8

Queen Elizabeth

The crown jewel in any rose border, ‘Queen Elizabeth’ has been holding court since her launch in 1955. This tall rose produces wave after wave of large, pure pink, high-centered blooms that make excellent cut flowers. Because ‘Queen Elizabeth’ is not disease-resistant, you’ll need to offer her a little more protection from diseases and pests.
Rose type: Grandiflora
Size: 4 to 6 feet tall, and 2 to 3 feet wide
Garden use: Flower border, rose garden
Fragrance: Rich rose perfume
Zones: 5-9

Honorine de Brabant

Prized for its pink flowers artfully splashed with purple and crimson highlights, ‘Honorine de Brabant’ blooms heavily in the spring and again in the fall. The richly fragrant flowers are borne on almost thornless canes. ‘Honorine de Brabant’ makes a wonderful cut flower.
Rose type: Bourbon
Size: 5 to 6 feet tall, 4 to 5 feet wide
Garden use: Flower border, rose garden
Fragrance: Strong rose perfume
Zones: 5-9

Pink Knockout

Superior disease resistance, nonstop flower production, and manageable size are just a few of the characteristics that make Pink Knockout rose a top pick for your garden. Once planted, this rugged little rose needs minimal attention. It produces endless bouquets of single, pure pink flowers.
Rose type: Landscape
Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide
Garden use: Containers, flower borders, landscape
Fragrance: Little
Zones: 5-9

Bonica

Combining the best traits of heirloom and modern roses, ‘Bonica’ is a disease-resistant shrub rose that produces an almost endless supply of soft pink, double flowers on graceful arching stems. A large shrub rose, ‘Bonica’ makes a great hedge or specimen plant in the landscape.
Rose type: Shrub
Size: 4 to 5 feet tall, 4 feet wide
Garden use: Landscape, hedge, flower border
Fragrance: Light rose scent
Zones: 4-9

Sachet

Even miniature roses can have big impact in your garden. 'Sachet,' for example, produces a constant supply of charming, pure lavender-pink, fragrant flowers that work as well in containers as they do planted directly in the landscape. Like other miniature roses, 'Sachet' is surprisingly winter-hardy.
Rose type: Miniature
Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide
Garden use: Containers, flower beds
Fragrance: Rich rose perfume
Zones: 5-10

Zephrine Drouhin

One of the most beautiful and fragrant climbers you can grow, ‘Zephrine Drouhin’ produces masses of richly fragrant, deep rose-pink flowers throughout the summer. Its long, arching canes have few thorns, and the plants are a bit more shade-tolerant than other climbers.
Rose type: Climber
Size: 10 to 12 feet tall, 6 feet wide
Garden use: Trellises, arbors
Fragrance: Strong rose perfume
Zones: 6-10 

Appleblossom Flower Carpet

Turn bare, sunny spots in your landscape into a festival of flowers with 'Appleblossom' Flower Carpet. This low-growing, easy-care variety is packed with clusters of small pale pink flowers all summer.
Rose type: Landscape
Size: 2 feet tall, 3 feet wide
Garden use: Containers, groundcover
Fragrance: Light
Zones: 4-10

The Countryman

A classic English-style rose, 'The Countryman' produces gorgeous many-petalled, pure pink flowers with a delicious rose-strawberry fragrance. Developed by famed rose breeder David Austin, 'The Countryman' is also disease-resistant.
Rose Type: Shrub
Size: 4 feet tall and wide
Garden Use: Flower border, rose garden
Fragrance: Rich rose strawberry
Zones: 5-10

Betty Prior

First introduced in 1935, ‘Betty Prior’ is still popular because of its large, single pink flowers that are held high above the plant’s foliage. ‘Betty Prior’ blooms all summer, and its flowers are lightly fragrant.
Rose type: Shrub
Size: 3 to 4 feet tall, 3 feet wide
Garden use: Flower border, planters
Fragrance: Light rose scent
Zones: 5-10

Funny Face

Roses like ‘Funny Face’ are a snap to grow. A member of the Easy Elegance family of roses, this outstanding compact rose resists pests and diseases while it develops wave after wave of cheerful pink and white blooms. No two blooms are the same.
Rose type: Landscape
Size: 3 to 4 feet tall, 3 feet wide
Garden use: Flower border, containers
Fragrance: Strong
Zones: 4-9

Old Blush

There's no need to fuss over 'Old Blush' rose. This amazing variety never seems to get ill and produces a never-ending show of semi double, highly fragrant pink flowers. In fall, 'Old Blush' also develops bright orange hips that keep the plant colorful through the winter.
Rose type: Shrub
Size: 3 to 6 feet tall, 4 to 5 feet wide
Garden use: Hedge, shrub border
Fragrance: Strong
Zones: 6-9

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