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Foolproof Roses: What Are The Easiest Roses To Grow

Roses are hardy plants and most aren’t difficult to grow, but some roses are fussier than others. In general, newer roses are often the best roses for beginners because they’ve been bred to require less care with a higher level of disease-resistance. Older roses are gorgeous, but they may not be the best choice if you’re seeking low maintenance roses. Keep reading for a few spectacularly easy roses to add to the garden.

What are the Easiest Roses to Grow?

Below are some foolproof roses nearly anyone can grow in the garden:

Sally Holmes – This climbing rose produces creamy white blooms that are blushed with pink. Averaging about 8-10 feet (3 m.), this easy-care rose is hardy in zones 6-9.

Little Mischief – This is a beautiful shrub rose with deep pink blooms having a white eye, fading to hot pink. Reaching only 24 inches (60 cm.) at maturity, it is great not only for beginner gardeners but those having little space. This little beauty is perfect for containers too and hardy in zones 4-9.

Flower Carpet Pink – A fairly low-growing ground cover rose reaching heights around 24-32 inches (60-80 cm.) with bright pink blooms, you’ll find this hardy plant suitable for growing in zones 5-10.

Roald Dahl – This new English rose was named in Roald Dahl’s honor and produces gorgeous peach-colored blooms. It’s a shrub rose reaching 4 feet (1 m.) tall and thrives in zones 5-9.

Bathsheba – Another climber suitable to zones 5-9, this lovely rose plant needs lots of room in the garden, climbing up to 10 feet (2-3 m.) in height. It produces copious blooms of apricot-pink and soft yellow.

Cinco de Mayo – Get ready to celebrate with this spectacular Floribunda beauty! This shrub rose grows to around 4 feet (1 m.) with rusty reddish-orange blooms. The plant is hardy in zones 7-9.

Double Delight – Rose blooms are always lovely but double flowers are even better. This hybrid tea variety produces double creamy white blooms blushed with rosy red. The bush gets anywhere from 3-4 feet (1 m.) and is hardy in zones 6-9.

Ebb Tide – Another Floribunda rose known for its ease of care, the Ebb Tide produces blooms that are a deep plum-purple. It’s hardy in zones 6-9 and can get quite large at 6-9 feet (2 m.).

Red Eden – The red flowers of this 7- to 10-foot (2-3 m.) climber is sure to capture the attention of anyone nearby, especially pollinators. Suitable for zones 6-9.

Scentimental – The name says it all…you’ll quickly become sentimental for this beautiful Floribunda rose. It produces fragrant creamy white blooms splashed with burgundy. Gardeners in zones 5-9 can enjoy this 3- to 4 foot (1 m.) plant.

Double Knock-Out – Knock Out roses are always a gardener’s favorite, known and loved for their beautiful blooms and low maintenance. This one goes one step further with exceptional double blooms of cherry red. Reaching an overall height of 4 foot (1 m.), it’s a good choice for warmer regions of zones 8-9.

The Fairy – Great for a fairy garden theme, this smaller shrub rose only reaches about 24 inches (61 cm.). It’s perfect for gardens in zones 5-9 and produces soft pink blooms.

Mellow Yellow – It may not be the drink of yesteryear but you’ll likely love it just as much. This soft yellow hybrid tea rose bush is a must have in the garden, requiring little maintenance with lots of eye-popping appeal. Nearing around 4 foot (1 m.) tall, it is suitable for growing in zones 7-9.

Oh My! – Oh my is right when you add this low maintenance hybrid tea rose to your garden. Featuring velvety red blooms and reaching 4 feet (1 m.), it will certainly take center stage. This one is hardy to zones 6-9.

Easiest Roses to Grow for Beginners

Roses have changed, and it’s about time! Today’s roses are no longer intimidating prima donnas, which makes me very happy. Discover easy-to-grow rose varieties —from Knock Out shrub roses to Flower Carpet ground cover roses to David Austin old-fashioned rose climbers. They shrug off pests and diseases and bring years of classic beauty. You can truly plant and almost forget about them!

Gone are the finicky, high-maintenance plants which required endless pruning, spraying, and dusting. Now all you do is plant, fertilize, and water. Your reward is healthy, beautiful bushes loaded with fragrant blooms for cutting and landscaping all summer long. Gorgeous!!

Shrub roses and those grown on their own roots are also the best choices, especially for cold climates. I’ve lost dozens of hybrid teas to -25ºF winters, no matter how much mulch I heaped upon the plants. These same roses also stand up to heat, humidity, and the myriad diseases spawned by hot climates. I know, firsthand, because I’ve lived and grown roses in places from the Gulf Coast to Wisconsin.

Landscape roses such as these Knock Outs make for stunning color all season long with minimal care.

Ground cover roses are extraordinarily low-maintenance and have exceptional disease resistance. They’re also versatile and can be used in mixed borders, low hedges, hanging baskets, and large containers.

The Flower Carpet® roses are the world’s number one ground cover rose and incredibly prolific blooms. They have a unique double root system (they have deep roots as well as soil-surface roots) that makes them able to tolerate weather conditions. They don’t get too bushy (probably no more than two feet high) and tend to stay low to the ground in more of that ground cover habit.

As for pruning, once a year in late winter or early spring, all you need is a pair of garden shears to cut them back by a third any which way. This is the rose that needs no guessing, no worrying.

Flower Carpet® roses come in many colors and repeat bloomers. Some varieties produce up to 2,000 flowers a season!

Flower Carpet® roses survive drought, heavy rain storms, and humid weather which has destroyed less resilient roses.

Then, there are some superb climbing roses. Unlike many climbing roses, the English Rose Climbers by David Austin repeat flower with exceptional continuity and are clothed in blooms from the ground upwards. As a group, they don’t grow too tall, making them easy to manage and the perfect height for appreciating the beauty and fragrance of their blooms.

Image: David Austin English Rose Climbers have fragrance and charm

Bare-Root or Container Roses?

All these easy-care roses come on both types, bare-root and container-grown. There are pros and cons.

Bare-root roses: Bare-root roses are not in soil (hence, “bare”) and packed to prevent the roots drying out . Bare-root plants are usually good quality, having a wider root spread than container plants, and they are often good value. They should be planted as soon as received, or if ground conditions are unsuitable, unpacked and kept in a container of slightly moist compost and planted as soon as conditions allow.

Plant bare-root roses in late autumn at leaf fall, and from late winter to early spring, before growth resumes. Avoid planting in the middle of winter when the ground is frozen.

Soak bare root roses in a bucket of warm water overnight. Then dig a hole 18 inches wide and deep. Mix in compost or peat moss if your soil is hard and compacted. In the center of the hole, make a 12-inch-high cone of dirt. Spread rose roots over the cone. Hold rose in place with one hand and fill in the hole with the other. Firm soil and water well.

Container-grown roses: These are roses that have been grown in containers for a whole growing season or more. They can be more costly but also available all year round. And you can plant all year round, provided the ground is neither frozen, nor very dry. If you are south of the line, container roses are the best choice, because your ground and air temperatures are warmer.

Dig a hole the depth of the rose pot and 18 inches wide. Remove the plant from pot, place in center of the hole, spread roots, and fill in with soil. Water well and firm soil with the back of a shovel or your hands to eliminate air pockets. Scatter slow-release fertilizer formulated for roses around plants and scratch in with a cultivator.

Lady Elsie May is a tough shrub rose that has flowered nonstop in my Zone 4b garden for the last 7 years. I don’t even water it! Rainfall seems to be enough. Compost mulch every spring is the only maintenance it requires. Courtesy of Angelica Nurseries.

5 Unusual Rose Tips That Really Work

  • Plant lavender at the base of rosebushes if deer are a problem in your area. Deer are attracted by rose scent, and lavender muddies the rose aroma.
  • Dump coffee grounds and used tea leaves around bushes. Both acidify the soil slightly, which roses love.
  • Bury banana skins or even the entire black, mushy banana at the base of bushes to provide magnesium, an element that the plants crave.
  • Scratch 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts into the soil around a rose. The salts make flower colors more intense.
  • Use rabbit food for fertilizer. The pet food is composed of alfalfa meal, which supplies a growth stimulant, nitrogen, and trace elements to roses. Scratch in ½ cup of pellets around each rose and water well.

Read more about landscape roses and disease-resistant roses.

See our Rose guide for planting and growing tips.

Easy Care Roses

A fence provides a crisp white backdrop and sturdy trellis for a bold planting of red roses

Maybe you think you know roses—those long-stemmed, full-petaled beauties that need a lot of coddling to keep disease at bay. Well, it’s time to rethink the rose’s high-maintenance reputation. In the last 10 years or so, the familiar “hybrid tea” varieties have been giving way to tough, easy-to-grow, repeat-flowering, shrub-type roses that can play a versatile role in the landscape. These new varieties—along with some old garden standbys—are taking their rightful place in flower borders and containers, as hedges, and even as groundcovers. And they are making the most of their moment in the sun, providing the longest season of color of any flowering shrub you can grow.

Major Flowers, Minimal Fuss

Known as landscape roses, these plants are “free-blooming,” meaning that with proper care, they flower continuously from spring to fall. There will be some downtime when the plant has few or no blooms, but it won’t last long. These roses are also vigorous and easy to care for, with excellent disease resistance. Most yield cuttings without complaint, though landscape roses generally bear flowers in large clusters and have fewer petals than hybrid teas. Disease resistance is probably the most important criterion for a landscape rose. The “big three” diseases—black spot, rust, and powdery mildew—can devastate roses, defoliating and deforming them. The frequency and severity of rose diseases vary from region to region and season to season, depending on the climate and the weather. Black spot, the scourge of many gardeners in the eastern U.S., thrives in hot, humid, rainy weather. Powdery mildew likes the warm days and cool, humid nights common in spring and all season long in many coastal areas. Rust likes it mild and moist. Disease resistance is also relative. Under ideal conditions even the most resistant varieties may experience some disease. But, as a whole, landscape roses thrive with little or nopreventative or curative treatments.

Best Bets Coast to Coast

Though some old roses have many of these characteristics, it’s mostly modern roses (defined as those introduced after 1867) that consistently provide maximum blooms with a minimum of care. Following are the three basic categories of landscape roses, with suggested varieties that have proven reliable across the United States. Continue your research on the Web and in rose catalogs or books to find additional information on a variety’s size, shape, proper spacing, and exact flower color and character. Keep in mind that plant size will vary depending on your climate. In areas with mild winters and long growing seasons, roses often grow much larger than the sizes given in catalogs. Roses can be riotously colorful, too, so choose carefully to make sure the ones you select blend well with the overall colors of your home and landscape (for guidance, check out Help Me Find Roses.)

True shrubs. This is a catchall class of roses that groups together plants varying considerably in size and shape. Shrub roses can be used as informal hedges and work well in flower borders. Many are sold as part of a branded series of varieties, differing in flower color and sometimes plant habit. At the head of this bunch are the Knock Out roses, which in a matter of just a few years have become some of the most popular roses grown. Other excellent series include Carefree and Flower Carpet roses. Meidiland roses also include many excellent shrub roses, but most are quite vigorous and best for large areas where they can spread. For the coldest regions, select very hardy cultivars such as the Buck roses, the Explorer series (named after famous explorers), and the Morden (or Parkland) series, many of which have survived temperatures below minus 30 degrees F.

Among individual varieties, look for the exceptional ‘Home Run’ (red) and ‘Sally Holmes’ (white). Also consider ‘Belinda’s Dream’ (pink), one of the first roses to receive Texas A&M University’s “Earth Kind” designation for its excellent disease resistance (more information is available at Earth Kind Roses).

Groundcovers. These are low-growing, sprawling roses, many of which are quite vigorous and best planted in large areas. More restrained types for smaller areas in­clude ‘Red Cascade’ and the Blanket series from Jackson & Perkins. Flower Carpet roses can also be used as groundcovers. Groundcover roses are best planted in holes made in landscape fabric that is then covered with organic mulch to prevent weeds. They grow from 2 to 5 feet high, depending on the variety; hardiness varies.

A Little Caring and Feeding

Even roses dubbed “easy care” need some tending to. All roses grow best with 6 to 8 hours of full sun. Less than that and you’ll have fewer flowers, leggier plants, and more disease. While some roses are listed as shade-tolerant, few will be worth growing with less than 4 hours of direct sun. Varieties that perform best with less sun are usually those with fewer petals, such as the ‘Iceberg’ floribunda and the ‘Carefree Wonder’ shrub rose.

Roses also need one to two deep waterings a week during warm, dry weather. Drip irrigation is ideal because it keeps the foliage dry, discouraging disease. To keep them blooming, most varieties should be fed every four to six weeks with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Since most landscape roses are hardy, they don’t require winter protection. In the coldest areas, choose hardy varieties grown on their own roots (not budded to another rootstock). These roses also don’t need intricate pruning. Simply cutting back plants by half to two-thirds in late winter and thinning crowded canes will keep them compact and under control. Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the colorful summer show.

The 14 best pure and beautiful white rose varieties

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There is something pure about white roses. They have a fresh and delicate feeling and they seem to light up under the summer sunlight.

Roses are incredibly versatile plants because there are so many types. Choose from traditional shrub roses and hybrid teas to climbers, rambles and miniature patio roses. There’s something for every garden!

To inspire you, I’ve picked 14 beautiful white roses to grow in the garden.

Rose Boule de Neige

This is an old rose with a rich fragrance. The buds are red but open to reveal silky double white flowers. Boule de Neige is French for snowball.

Rose Iceberg

This is the climbing version of Iceberg – a shrub variety is also available. This flowers profusely and has a light honey scent. It’s a very strong variety.

Rose Commonwealth Glory

A white rose with a pale yellow centre. This is a hybrid tea variety with perfumed blooms that make great cut flowers.

Rose Susan

This is a Poulsen floribunda, sometimes called Poulen001. It has ruffled, creamy-white flowers and glossy dark leaves. The blooms have a sweet perfume.

Rose Tranquillity

Tranquillity is a variety of English Musk Rose with huge rosette-shaped flowers and a light apple scent. The stems have very few thorns too.

Rose Snowcap

This is a small patio rose that produces clusters of little flowers. It grows to 50cm and is soon covered in dense blooms that have a faint scent.

White flowers look gorgeous in a white garden theme – here’s some more white plants to try too.

Rose Tall Story

Tall Story is a modern shrub rose with open, cup-shaped flowers. The blooms are a creamy colour with yellow centres and have a strong fragrance.

Rose White Parfum de Provence

This is a classic hybrid tea rose with a powerful perfume. It produces gorgeous white blooms on single stems, making it ideal for cutting.

Rose Rambling Rector

I love this rambler. It has small creamy-white flowers with a spicy scent. It grows tall and dense and also produces rose hips in autumn.

Rose Desdemona

This new variety has peachy buds that fade to white as the flowers open. The rose will bloom from early summer right up until autumn and the flowers have a strong myrrh scent.

Rose White Flower Carpet

This is a ground cover rose with low, dense growth. It can be used in pots and makes a great hedge. The medium-sized blooms are an ivory colour with yellow stamen.

Rose Winchester Cathedral

Another old English rose, Winchester Cathedral is a medium shrub with huge ruffled flowers. It has a honey scent and blooms early in the year.

Rose Countess of Wessex

This is a modern shrub rose with cream flowers and dark, glossy leaves. Its blooms have high centres and a strong fragrance.

Rose Cream Abundance

This is a stunning floribunda rose that blooms constantly. It has classic-shaped double flowers with blush-pink centres and a strong fragrance.

Check out my top roses in all colours from the Rose Marquee at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

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Top 10 Most Beautiful White Roses Khushboo Mehta Hyderabd040-395603080 June 6, 2019

Flowers are a great way to communicate. Different flower colours can communicate different words. The white rose means a symbol or gesture that conveys purity, innocence, reverence and bliss. They are the most common wedding flowers and come in wide varieties. Listed below are some most popular white rose images and species.

Most Beautiful Of The White Roses

1. Mme. Alfred Carriere Rose

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Mme. Alfred Carriere rose is a gorgeous variety of white roses. These almost thorn less roses bearing a somewhat informal shape are in full bloom during the months of June and July. These are climber roses that grow up to twenty feet. They have a snow white interior with tinges of orange/pink.

2. Winchester Cathedral Rose

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Winchester Cathedral rose belongs to the English rose species and is named after the Winchester Cathedral in Britain. These have a very beautiful snowy white colour with occasional touches of pink. These roses offer a very delicate fragrance thus providing both an aesthetic and aromatic appeal.

3. Mme Plantier Rose

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These are essentially climber roses and can grow up to nine feet in height. They are hardy and resistant to pests but only flower properly during winter. They grow in clusters but the petals on each flower are neatly arranged around the centre. They can be grown as either a shrub or a climber and have a very strong and appealing fragrance.

4. Glamis Castle Rose

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Glamis was Macbeth’s castle in Shakespeare legendary play. Duncan described the castle by stating it ‘hath a pleasant seat’ where the air ‘sweetly’ recommended itself onto his senses. This rose thus has a very appropriate name. The flowers are stunning and have an exceptionally pleasant fragrance that can make the surrounding air sweet and delightful.

5. Long John Silver Rose

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These roses grow tall and have a silvery white colour, just as the name suggests. These are dazzling roses to grow in a garden or to decorate a room with.

6. Mrs. Herbert Stevens Rose

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This belongs to a climbing rose species and can grow up to twenty feet. Along with height, this variety of roses has grace and elegance that can make any garden glorious. They have a strong fragrance and should be grown in such a place where this fragrance can be appreciated.

7. Wollerton Old Hall Rose

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These chalice shaped roses have a tinge of mystery around them. A Wollerton Old Hall rose garden would provide a divine escape to anyone seeking it with their strong fragrance and marvellous colour.

8. Alba Maxima Rose

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This rose species has survived through the times and look grand when planted to fit an old garden theme. They are hardy and can live through harsh and difficult conditions. These roses thus are a symbol of persistence and perseverance. They have a creamy white colour and look magnificent when grown in clusters.

9. Yvonne Rabier Roses

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Yvonne Rabier Roses are full bloom roses that grow in clusters. They have a creamy white texture and smell very good. These look charming when grown in clusters or shrubs. These flowers are unique and bewitching, just like their name.

10. Mountain Snow Rose

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These climber roses can grow up to fifteen feet. They belong to the climbing and rambler rose’s species and are very shapely and pretty. They can be used as wedding decorations or as decorative flower arrangements for homes. Garden lovers can plant these to improve the landscape considerably.

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Roses that flower all through summer are some of the most reliable garden plants. Repeat-flowering roses will have several flushes of flowers from late spring and can still be in bloom up until the first frosts.

Which are the best repeat-flowering roses to grow?

These six varieties of repeat-flowering roses will bloom throughout summer and bring colour and wonderful scent to the garden for months. They are also some of the best performers in rose gardens at RHS Rosemoor, Devon. Rosemoor boasts two rose gardens, which display over 2,000 rose bushes in 200 different varieties. The Queen Mother’s Garden is full of Floribunda and Hybrid Tea roses, while The shrub rose garden contains old-fashioned varieties.

Rose ‘The Times’ Photo: Jason Ingram

‘The Times’

This vibrant red Floribunda produces a bush that gets absolutely smothered in clusters of flowers. The foliage is dark and super-shiny, resulting in a rose that positively glows in the summer sun. A super choice for creating a bedding display of repeat-flowering roses. Height: 90cm

Rose ‘Darcey Bussell’ Photo: Jason Ingram

‘Darcey Bussell’

These ruffled blooms are a delicious shade of red that will add a graceful, old-fashioned charm to a sunny border. It has a strong scent and is very healthy. Established plants should produce enough flowers for there to be plenty to spare for cutting for the house, so the scent can be enjoyed indoors. Height:1.1m

Rose ‘Pat Austin’ Photo: Jason Ingram

‘Pat Austin’

This is one of the strongest scented repeat-flowering roses available to gardeners and coupled with a wonderfully complex blend of coppery orange shades, it’s a truly special shrub rose. It grows well and forms an elegant plant that will give any flowering shrub in a border a run for its money. Good resistance to disease. Height: 1.2m

Rose ‘Honeybun’ Photo: Jason Ingram


This is a ‘patio’ rose. These roses have very small leaves compared to most bush roses and they form short, compact plants. There is no shortage of flowers though, and this free-flowering rose can create as colourful a display as any summer bedding plant, except you get to enjoy it year after year. The cluster of flowers start out orange before fading to pink. Height:35cm

Rose ‘Amber Queen’ Photo: Jason Ingram

‘Amber Queen’

A very smart rose, with crisp, wavy petals in a truly glowing amber. The leaves are darkest green to provide a good contrast with the flowers, which appear in clusters. Compact and healthy, it is the perfect plant for squeezing into a vacant sunny gap in the garden. Height:80cm

Rose ‘Pearl Drift’ Photo: Jason Ingram

‘Pearl Drift’

This small shrub rose will add some freshness to the garden in summer. Its pearly white flowers have a subtle pink tinge and prominent golden stamens that will be loved by bees. Produced in large clusters, the flowers continue in abundance for months. Height:90cm

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For the flower grower, June is the month of the rose. Along with the peonies, columbine, foxglove and bearded iris, here on the Northern hemisphere, it’s undoubtedly one of the best times of the year in the cutting garden.

It goes without saying that we want to have as many blooms as possible in the cutting garden. In the rose patch, part of this comes down to selecting the right roses. That means choosing roses that are floriferous, will grow well in your zone and microclimate and are in-demand. But also means in choosing roses by their bloom cycle.

Some roses will bloom once in the late spring. These are called ‘once-flowering’ roses. And there are a few roses that will bloom non-stop throughout the growing season. These are called ‘continuous-flowering’ roses.

‘Repeat-flowering’ roses are in between – they produce multiple flushes of blooms starting in late spring all the way through till frost (although their subsequent flushes will not usually be as abundant as their first).

Continuous-flowering roses sound like the holy grail for the cut flower grower, however, the volume of roses they produce throughout the season will be roughly equivalent to what a repeat-flowering rose will produce in their primary flush.

So for the cut-flower grower looking for a continuous supply of blooms, repeat-flowering roses are indispensable. The good news is that most modern shrub roses, including most David Austin roses, are repeat-flowering.

Some of my favorite repeat-flowering roses include:

  • Boscobel

  • Abraham Darby

  • Leander

  • Crown Princess Margareta

  • A Shropshire Lad

A few others I love are Tranquility, Jude the Obscure, Distant Drum, Honeymoon, Koko Loco, and Claire Austin.

Below are some images of how I’ve used them in arrangements, and a few things you need to have in place in order for them to keep blooming.

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