Plant Types / Roses
Unsurpassed in beauty and fragrance, roses are a key element of the summer garden. There are virtually thousands of rose varieties to choose from, whether modern or ancient, climbing or rambling, and there is a rose for almost any situation. Quite hardy and versatile, they look lovely when grown among perennials, bulbs or other flowering shrubs in beds and borders. They contribute to terrific hedges and create spectacular blankets of scented blooms when trained over arbors, arches or pergolas. Many are strongly fragrant and suitable for container planting. Others produce decorative hips that provide glowing fall and winter color, offering birds a valuable source of food.
Free-flowering and particularly beautiful, award-winning Rosa 'Adelaide d'Orleans' is a vigorous rambler rose with dainty sprays of small, semi-double flowers (over 40 petals), pale pink in buds, opening to creamy-white. Hanging elegantly on delicate stems, the lightly, but sweetly scented clusters are produced in abundance on pliable stems that are clothed in dark green leaves.
An old favorite since 1966, Rosa 'Altissimo' is a vigorous climbing rose with masses of long-lasting, bright blood-red, single flowers, 5 in. across (12 cm), with a boss of deep golden-yellow stamens. The flowers are produced freely, early in the summer with regular repeats thereafter.
Bred by David Austin in 1990, Rosa 'Ambridge Rose' is still very popular today for various reasons. First, it is particularly beautiful with its fully double, nicely cupped, blooms that open to form a loose rosette formation. Second, this lovely rose is rich of a powerful and outstanding myrrh fragrance. Finally, this small shrub rose blooms continually throughout the season.
Adding excitement to the garden, English Rose 'Anne Boleyn' features lovely rosette-shaped, small blossoms, packed with petals of the softest, warmest pink. They are produced in large sprays and borne on gracefully arching stems atop a soft green, highly polished foliage.
Blooming its heart out, Rosa 'Apricot Drift' is a terrific groundcover rose which produces abundant clusters of small, double apricot flowers, about 2 in. across (5 cm), packed with up to 35 petals. Blooming continuously from spring until frost, this rose is low maintenance and easy to grow.
Reliable and free-flowering, award-winning Rosa 'Ballerina' is a compact, rounded shrub with large sprays of slightly fragrant, single, soft pink flowers adorned with white centers. Blooming continuously from summer to fall, they are produced in great quantities and stand out against the attractive foliage of light green leaves. Loved around the world, 'Ballerina' is a charming and versatile hybrid musk rose
English Rose 'Brother Cadfael' enjoys some of the largest and most spectacular blooms of all the English Roses. Resembling peonies, the huge (5 in. wide or 12 cm), globular, clear pink flowers are deeply cupped, with reflexed petals (about 45) giving a slightly enclosed effect.
Regarded as one of the best Musk roses, award-winning Rosa 'Buff Beauty' is a vigorous, spreading medium-sized shrub with large clusters of deliciously scented, very full (over 41 petals), semi-double flowers in the most attractive shades of buff-yellow to apricot and paling to primrose. Rich of a strong tea fragrance, the pretty blooms stand out against the lustrous foliage of dark green leaves.
An old favorite since 1894, award-winning Rosa 'Cécile Brünner' is a vigorous, almost thornless large climber with generous sprays of pleasantly fragrant, fully double, pale pink flowers, 1.5 in. across (4 cm). Resembling miniature Hybrid Tea roses, the perfectly formed blooms open from pointed buds and count up to 30 petals. Extremely free-flowering, this climbing rose enjoys a long, overwhelming flush of blooms in late spring or early summer.
One of the hardiest English Roses, Rosa 'Charlotte' enjoys ravishingly beautiful, fully double blossoms, up to 5 in. wide (12 cm), rich of a very pleasant, medium-strong tea rose fragrance. Each bloom is packed with many petals (100 petals) and opens gradually from rounded buds to exquisite, cup-shaped blooms, in a lovely shade of soft butter yellow.
Vigorous, English Rose 'Claire Austin' will fill your garden with beautiful blooms and delightful fragrance. The cupped buds, with attractive pale lemon shades, gradually develop into large, (3.5 in or 9 cm), flat rosettes of creamy-white flowers (120 petals) when fully opened.
Blooming its heart out, Rosa 'Coral Drift' is a terrific groundcover rose which produces abundant clusters of small, vibrant coral flowers, about 1.5 in. across (4 cm), packed with up to 25 petals. Blooming continuously from spring until frost, this rose is low maintenance and easy to grow.
Blooming its heart out, Rosa 'Coral Knock Out' is a compact shrub rose which produces abundant clusters of bright coral, double flowers, up to 2.5 in. across (6 cm), packed with up to 25 petals. The blossoms do not fade in hot humid climates, and stand out against the disease-resistant, medium green foliage.