Choose modern easy rose bush types; everyone needs our national flower, the rose

Select modern rose bush types; hybrid tea roses, grandiflora, floribunda, climbing roses and the popular knockout rose.

Find the colors, types and fragrances to suit your desires. Blooming roses are such a delight.

Modern rose bush types beautify the landscape.Roses beautify the landscape, a lovely climbing rose
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popular rose bush types

Decide if you want to feature your roses as specimen plants. Maybe you want to blend them in with your other shrubs.

You may want them climbing on an arbor. Or you may feature them in containers on your patio.

The choices are entirely up to you.

  • Select roses that are already in bloom, so you actually can see what they look like. You get to see their colors, forms and enjoy their fragrances.

Not to be critical, but sometimes the roses for sale in local garden centers may not be suited for your growing area. This lesson was learned from experience.

If you trust your garden center, that's great. Otherwise, it is a safer bet to buy rose bush types you see growing in your area. Or choose ones recommended by family, friends or the extension service for your climate.


Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid tea roses generally grow on one stem.Hybrid Tea Rose
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Hybrid Tea Roses have long stems with one flower on the end of the stem. These are the cut flowers used in the florist industry.

They have a large flower with a high center and a high petal count. More petals mean longer lasting blooms.

Many have a wonderful fragrance from the original tea roses.

They flower early in the summer and then sparsely the rest of the season.

They are very effective as specimen plants in the landscape. They may grow from 3 to 6 feet.

Generally, they are not as disease resistant as many other rose bush types. So they require attention to care.

But, they are gorgeous!

Popular Hybrid Tea Roses


Floribunda roses

Floribunda roses have many flowers on one stem.Foribunda Rose

Floribundas have many loose-formed, smaller flowers on the end of the stem.

The center flower on the end of the stem usually flowers first. Then the side flowers open later giving an extended bloom time.

They are more cold hardy than the hybrid tea roses.

Floribunda rose bush types provide a lot of color in the landscape. They are continual blooming, from summer until frost.

The abundance of flowers and lower growing plants make them useful as hedges.

They are generally are 2 to 4 feet tall and they are known to be easier to care for than the hybrid tea rose bush types.


Grandiflora Roses

Grandiflora roses were bred from crossing the hybrid tea rose with floribunda roses.Grandiflora Rose

Grandiflora Roses were developed by crossing the hybrid teas roses with the floribunda rose.

Grandiflora roses have the larger flowers of the hybrid tea rose. Some have a wonderful fragrance from the tea roses.

They also have the hardiness and numerous flowers of the floribunda rose.

Queen Elizabeth was the first grandiflora to be registered in 1954. It's hard to find a more regal flower with its shell pink color and light fragrance.

Today there are many wonderful grandiflora rose bush types. They are an excellent choice for home rose growing and they are very rewarding.

They generally grow from 3 to 5 feet, occasionally taller.


knockout roses

New colors for the popular Knockout roseNew Knockout rose color
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The popular Knockout Rose has greatly simplified growing roses!

They are the most popular of the modern rose types with good reason. They bloom all season long from spring until frost in waves of flowers about 6 weeks apart.

Knockout roses are extremely disease resistant, no pesticide applications required. They do not require deadheading of their spent flowers.

They may be used in the landscape like any other shrub and they will give you flushes of flowers all summer long.

They generally grow to around 3 to 4 feet tall and wide.

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miniature roses

Miniature roses have perfectly formed little flowers.Miniature Rose
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Miniature roses have many small flowers on small plants with small leaves.

Many times you will find them with perfectly formed flowers similar to the hybrid tea and floribunda roses. They are just a small version.

They come in a full range of colors and they are hardy.

Those found in the garden centers with the other outdoor roses are the miniature rose types suitable for outdoor use.

  • Miniature roses that you see for sale as gifts on holidays such as Mother's Day are not bred for landscape use. They are grown for the florist industry.

Miniatures are great for low growing hedges or growing in pots.

Under most conditions they grow from 1 to 2 feet tall.


Climbing Roses

Climbing Roses are popular for their usefulness in the landscape.

The old-fashioned types of climbing roses generally bloom one time a year at the first part of the summer. Nowadays with modern rose breeding there are many varieties of climbing rose with an extended blooming season.

Climbers are used for growing on fences, arbors or a trellis. You must tie them up to their support.

In harsh winter climates, the canes should be taken off of their trellis or arbor. Lay the canes on the ground and cover them for winter protection.

The next spring put them on their supports again.

Their long arching canes may grow up to 15 feet long.

See the climbing rose at the top of the page




No matter whether you decide to grow your roses as specimen plants, landscape shrubs, on a trellis, an arbor or in containers on your patio, they all have similar growing requirements.

Check out how to plant them, water, fertilize and prune them when required.

Whatever rose bush types you grow, you will be the envy of the neighborhood with your beautiful roses.

enjoy your beautiful roses!



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