Best English Roses for Mixed Borders

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The dazzling beauty of English Roses, their fine qualities and seductive fragrance, make them ideal garden plants for growing in the mixed border. Why? There are many reasons for this:

  • English Roses have the great advantage of repeat flowering in flushes, producing exquisite blooms time and again. Their abundant blossoms provide color in the border over a long season of interest, extending from late spring through to the first frosts.
  • English Roses enjoy exceptional vigor and health, which combined with their delicious fragrance, make them virtually unrivaled stars of the mixed border.
  • English Roses are available in such a rich color palette that it is fairly easy to harmonize their silky flowers with most companion plants. They range from pale and delicate to rich and dark shades of pink, crimson, purple, yellow, apricot, peach or creamy-white, and blend into the garden without ever clashing.
  • English Roses offer ravishingly beautiful flower shapes ranging from single, semi-double, deep or shallow cupped, rosette- or dome-shaped - all creating a most delightful contrast to the light and airy flowers of most herbaceous plants.
  • English Roses are very easy to place in mixed borders thanks to their natural, shrubby growth. They include tall and upright varieties which add height and structure without requiring staking, wide and gracefully arching varieties, and small and compact cultivars which are perfect for the front of the border. Plant them in small groups for a bushier effect and more exuberant blooms.

* Pictures are courtesy of David Austin

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 – 9  
Plant TypeRoses
Plant FamilyRosa - Roses
ExposureFull Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Water NeedsAverage
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PhAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
CharacteristicsCut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Formal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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