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.
Fast growing and vigorous, Rosa 'America' is a glorious climbing rose with elegant sprays of fully double, perfectly shaped, coral flowers, 3 in. across (10 cm), packed with up to 43 petals. Opening from pointed buds, they enjoy a strong and delightful clove fragrance.
Noted for its intense fragrance, Rosa 'Angel Face' is also prized for its large clusters of full, high-centered, pure lavender blossoms, packed with 25-30 elegantly ruffled petals, sometimes adorned with deep crimson at their tips. Blooming in flushes from late spring until frost, the cheery blossoms, 3.5 in. across (8 cm), exude a rich citrus perfume.
Named after Anna Bates from the British television series Downton Abbey, Rosa 'Anna's Promise' is an exquisite Grandiflora rose with large, 4 in. across (10 cm), golden tan flowers (35 petals), adorned with a pink blush and copper reverses. Opening from long, elegant, pointed buds, the brilliant blossoms enjoy a spicy, fruit fragrance.
Adding excitement to the garden, English Rose 'Anne Boleyn' features lovely rosette-shaped, small blossoms (2.25 in. or 5 cm), packed with petals (110 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.
Rosa 'Apricot Candy' is a lovely Hybrid Tea rose with medium-large, 3.5 in. across (9 cm), double flowers of classic form, in shades of apricot and coral, with elegantly ruffled petals. They are packed with 25 petals and exude a mild, spice fragrance. Blooming in flushes from spring to fall, they contrast nicely with the foliage of glossy, soft green leaves.
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.
Noted for its rose fragrance and disease resistance, Rosa 'At Last' is prized for its large, sweetly scented, fully double, apricot orange blossoms, delicately fading to pale pink. Blooming with unusual continuity from late spring until frost, they contrast beautifully with the healthy foliage of glossy green leaves. The blooms are self-cleaning and no deadheading is required.
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
Rosa 'Barbra Streisand' is a ravishing Hybrid Tea rose with fragrant clusters of large, 4 in. across (10 cm), lavender flowers (26-30 petals), adorned with deep magenta petal edges. Opening from rich lavender buds, the exquisite flowers exude a strong, citrus, rose perfume and bloom in flushes from spring to fall.
Rosa 'Black Baccara' is a captivating Hybrid Tea rose with medium-large, 3 in. across (7 cm), very full (45 petals), high-centered, velvety dark red flowers. The dramatic blossoms are borne on long, strong stems and last up to 2 weeks in a vase, making this rose a popular choice for cutting gardens.
Strongly fragrant, Rosa 'Blue Moon' is a ravishing Hybrid Tea rose with large, 4 in. across (10 cm), fully double, lavender flowers packed with 40 petals. Opening from pointed buds, the exquisite flowers are borne on long stems, making them perfect for cutting.
An absolute beauty which produces fully double clusters of cupped rosettes whose color invariably draws attention. The flowers start as red buds, gradually developing into perfectly formed blooms of a rich salmon color that change with age to a rich, deep pink.
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.