Roses are the quintessential garden plant, captivating us with their luscious petals and their intoxicating fragrance.
Roses available today have a wealth of delights to offer the modern gardener. Where roses of the past may have turned gardeners off with their thorns or lack of scent, today’s roses are easier to use as cut flowers and have unique colors, more fragrance, and excellent resilience.
The selection of new and heirloom roses we offer at our garden centers has been thoughtfully curated for disease resistance, aroma, diverse colors, and fabulous blooms, and we think that any garden, no matter the style, can benefit from the right rose. With summer-long blooms and sizes ranging from small shrubs to 20-foot climbers, roses can be a perfect accent or centerpiece across a range of landscape types.
This year, open your heart and garden to the many fantastic varieties of roses available—we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Here are some of our favorite roses to complement current garden design trends.
Roses for Classic Pacific Northwest Gardens
Imagine textural plantings with rich, saturated colors and natural materials—deep red and maroon roses nestled among a lavishly textured Pacific Northwest garden full of conifers and red-toned deciduous shrubs.
- Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A crimson-red English Climbing Rose with a classic rose fragrance; perfect for framing a door or pathway
- Firefighter: A rich, true-red Hybrid Tea Rose that is fragrant and disease resistant with few thorns
- Black Baccara: A burgundy Hybrid Tea Rose with blooms that look great in the landscape and last for weeks as cut flowers
Shop this style: 1) Tess of the d’Urbervilles Rose, 2) Firefighter Rose, 3) Black Baccara Rose, 4) Dwarf Spruce, 5) Maidenhair Fern, 6) Bloodgood Japanese Maple
Roses for Informal Priarie Gardens
Picture an effortless, romantic garden with repeated plants of a similar height featuring creamy white and ochre, cup-shaped rose blooms woven between tufts of prairie grasses and lavender.
- Desdemona: A peachy-white English Shrub Rose with relaxed, round blooms and a strong aroma
- Sugar Moon: A clear white Hybrid Tea Rose with large, classic blooms and dark foliage
- Honey Dijon: A warm, muted caramel-colored Hybrid Tea Rose with a fruity fragrance; excellent disease resistance
Shop this style: 1) Desdemona Rose, 2) Sugar Moon Rose, 3) Honey Dijon Rose, 4) Limelight Hydrangea, 5) English Lavender, 6) Mexican Feather Grass
Roses for Avante-Garde Gardens
Envision a contemporary landscape with bold foliage and showy color against hard-lined paths—an ombre of oranges and purple roses clambering through a tangle of tropical leaves.
- Lady of Shalott: An orange and salmon English Climbing Rose with pointed petals that can tolerate shady areas
- Fragrant Cloud: A vibrant coral Hybrid Tea Rose with a strong aroma and uniform blooms
- Ebb Tide: A true purple Floribunda Rose with a strong clove-like fragrance on a compact plant
Shop this style: 1) Lady of Shalott Rose, 2) Fragrant Cloud Rose, 3) Ebb Tide Rose, 4) Japanese Forest Grass, 5) Fatsia japonica (Aralia), 6) Red Banana
Design Tips for Roses in the Garden
- Plant roses in threes; use the same variety or complementary colors for a cohesive scheme.
- For a clean, formal look, plant roses in straight lines or rows. Consider using them as a border or informal hedge.
- For a more natural look, plant roses with two or more companion plants and rotate and repeat that vignette throughout the landscape.
What to Plant with Roses
Consider adding plants that are lower growing than roses to fill in negative space around the stems and add taller plants to punctuate the planting scheme. Some common companion plants for roses include:
Shorter Perennials and Grasses:
- Lady’s Mantle
- Mexican Feather Grass
- Parsley (helps deter aphids and rose beetles)
- Russian Sage
- Shasta Daisy
Shrubs and Vines:
- Star Jasmine