Choosing Roses

Choose the Right Variety for Your Garden

choosing roses

When it comes to choosing roses, you must choose the right rose for not only your climate, but the location of the garden.

Climate matters to a rose bush! If you fall in love with one not suited to your area, you will just be disappointed when it doesn't thrive or survive.

You should be as sure as you can about whether a particular rose will thrive in your garden BEFORE you even purchase it.

There are many many roses to chose for your planting zone, but the following list is a good starting point for choosing roses to plant in your garden.

Roses for Cold Areas

roses for cold

You will reduce disappointments if you grow varieties that are hardy to your climate, rather than trying to do all you can to give the rose winter protection.

If you live where winter temperatures drop below -30 degrees F/-34degrees F, you should choose the most cold tolerant varieties.


I suggest ones like Rosa Rugosa, or roses bred by Dr. Griffith Buck. Explorer roses are also very winter hardy.

In areas where winter temperatures stay above -20 degrees F/-29degrees C, you should be able to grow Gallica old garden roses as well as Albas, without protection. Also any of the hybrid Kordesii climbers.

Keep in mind that patterns of cold snaps and thaws will be the determining factor.

When choosing roses keep in mind that Grandifloras and especially Hybrid Teas do not generally tolerate temperatures below 2o degrees F without winter protection.

Most of the shrub roses are pretty hardy.

List of Cold Tolerant Roses

Red Roses               Pink Roses            Yellow Roses

Altissimo

Champlain

Charles De Mills

Dart's Dash

F.J. Grootendorst

Henry Kelsey

Henri Martin

Hunter

Knockout

Loving Memory

Mister Lincoln

Oklahoma

Prarie Flower

Uncle Joe

Betty Prior

Blush Hip

Bonica

Carefree Beauty

Celsiana

Celestial

Constance Spry

Felicite Parmentier

Great Maidens Blush

Hansa

Ispahan

Jacques Cartier

John Cabot

John Davis

Maidens Blush

Martin Frobisher

Morden Blush

Mrs. Anthony Waterer

New Dawn

Pink Peace

Sexy Rexy

Stanwell Perpetual

The Fairy

Theresa Bugnet

William Baffin

William Lobb

Arthur Bell

Golden Wings

Golden Unicorn

Gold Medal

Harison's Yellow

J.P. Connell

Persian Yellow

Praire Harvest

Sunsprite

White Roses           Purple Roses          Striped Roses

Blanc Dbl de Coubert

Frau Karl Druschki

Henry Hudson

Iceberg

Karl Forster

Madame Hardy

MMe Plantier

Semi-plena

Sir Thomas Lipton

Snow Bride

White Grootendorst

Distant Drums

Camaieux

Ferdinand Pichard

Gloire de France

Leda

Rosa Mundi

Striped Moss


Orange Roses

Agnes

Peace

Playboy

Soleil D'Or

Tropicana


Choosing Roses That are Heat Tolerant

heat tollerant roses

If your area has Hot summers, you need to plant heat sensitive roses. Choosing roses for hot climates is important for the health of your plant. Heat will really stress a rose, to the point of poor flower production, as well as stopping it's growth.

The flowers may open to quickly, or be totally bleached out. The foliage may burn also. If you live in an area with really hot summers, you'd do best to plant heat-sensitive roses, and plant them in a spot with a bit of afternoon shade.

Roses will need deep watering to keep the plants at their best.


List of Roses for Warm Climates

Red Roses               Pink Roses           Yellow Roses

Blaze

Europeana

Miss Flippins

Mister Lincoln

Oklahoma

Showbiz

Uncle Joe

Bonica

Cecile Brunner

Flower Carpet

Royal Highness

Souvenir de la Malmaison

Fairhope

Midas Touch

Morning has Broken

St. Patrick

Sunflare

White Roses         Purple Roses           Striped Roses

Crystalline

French Lace

Green Rose

Iceberg

Moonstone

Nicole

Sombreuil

White Flower Carpet

Intrigue

Fourth of July

Orange Roses

Brandy

Sunset Celebration

Also check Rose Gardening in Hot Climates for more tips!


Humidity Tolerant Roses

If your climate is humid, your roses are more susceptible to diseases such as black spot, rust and powdery mildew. Therefore you will need to be choosing roses with a good disease resistance.

Select roses that are not prone to these diseases, and be sure you plant them where they will get good air circulation.

Of course NO rose can be always completely free of all diseases, but some have better resistance than others.

Choosing Roses for Humid Areas

Red Roses               Pink Roses                Yellow Roses

Hunter

Ingrid Bergman

Knockout

Napa Valley

Olympaid

Robusta

Roserai de l'Hay

Showbiz

Bloosomtime

Classic Touch

Gemini

New Zealand

Pink Knockout

Playgirl

Sarah van Fleet

The Fairy

Buff Beauty

Carefree Sunshine

Golden Wings

Maigold

Yellow Knockout

Molineux

White Roses          Purple Roses              Striped Rose

Gourmet Popcorn

Iceberg

Moonstone

Pillow Fight

Sea Foam

White Dawn

Blueberry Hill

Fourth of July

Orange Roses

Gizmo

Jean Kenneally

Just Joey

Loving Touch

Playboy

Tamora

Roses for Shade

What about choosing roses for shady spots? Most roses require 6 hours of sun, but there are some that will do well in lightly shaded areas. Not full shade, but marginally shady. Here's my picks...

List of Roses for Shady Areas

Red Roses               Pink Roses            Yellow Roses

Altissimo

Knockout

The Prince

Abraham Darby

Ballerina

Betty Prior

Cornelia

Gruss an Aachen

Kathleen

MMe Cecile Brunner

New Dawn

The Fairy

Zephrine Droughin

Alberic Barbier

Golden Celebration

White Roses       Purple Roses              Striped Rose

Buff Noisette

Kiftsgate

Prosperity

Sally Holmes

Angel Face

Orange Roses

Amber Queen

Buff Beauty

English Garden

Playboy


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I hope this guide to choosing roses will help you in selecting the right ones for your garden!

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