The Best Roses for Your Garden

June 15, 2015

If you stop and think about it, the rose is a superhero of a plant. What other plant is so good-looking, so deliciously perfumed, and so dependable when the going gets tough in the drought? Of course this is a generalization because not all roses deserve this praise. The trick is to grow and enjoy the best roses, roses that know how to thrive and survive. June is National Rose Month and a great time to think about giving roses a try if you haven’t already!


easy care roses

A cottage garden filled with Flower Carpet roses

If you’ve been gardening for a while, you’ll know which the good ones are. But what if you’re new to gardening, or new to rose growing? The trick is to avoid being bewitched by glossy close-up photographs. Often many of these roses grow into disasters – spindly plants, sparsely covered with spotty foliage, and a flowering season that’s over in what feels like less than a week. Instead you’d do well to side step these time-wasters to identify great roses.


Start by looking around to see what roses grow well in your neighborhood. Talk to other gardeners and the staff at your local nursery or garden center. Then go online or open a book and make your own personal favorites list. To help, here are a few legendary roses to get you started. . .


Double Delight (Photo courtesy of Edmonds Roses)

Double Delight (Photo courtesy of Edmonds Roses)

Best perfumed rose: Double Delight is a gorgeous mix of red and white; the bush lends itself to be trained as a standard or tree rose; it’s long flowering and wonderfully fragrant and is only mildly bothered by mildew.


Best climbing rose: The flowers of William Baffin are semi-double deep pink. It blooms in abundance in late June.  It’s exceptionally vigorous and hardy and is one of the few climbers that are hardy to Zones 3 and 4.


drought tolerant rose

Flower Carpet Pink Supreme is a real show-stopper with hundreds of blooms all summer long

Best garden landscape rose: Flower Carpet has become a rose legend that the professionals use in gardens and landscapes everywhere. There are Flower Carpet roses in so many colors; each bush grows into lushly foliaged mounds; Flower Carpet smothers itself in blooms throughout the warmer months; and once established it is never thirsty.  Next Generation varieties Amber, Scarlet and Pink Supreme are hardy in Zones 4-11; all others Zones 5-10.


Best red (romantic) rose: If you’re going to grow roses you may as well produce some red roses for your someone special. Mr. Lincoln is a great performer; the dark red velvety flowers have a lovely scent; and it grows tall but not too wide.


Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot also knows how to look after itself, and it too comes in different color-combinations.

Best decorator rose: It’s new and it’s a rose that makes you smile. Sweetspot is compact; the flowers have a glorious central spot; there are lots of different color versions to pick from; and it’s smothered in blooms from spring to autumn and is perfect for containers or in the garden.


Best historic rose: Peace is a lovely blend of yellow and blush pink; the flowers are large and the bush vigorous; the flowers arrive in spring and finish in autumn. No wonder this rose was smuggled out of France during the Second World War (to ensure years of breeding wouldn’t be lost during the conflict). Post war, it was released to the world under a name that’s fitting. Unlike many hybrid tea roses, Peace is hardy to Zone 4.



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