Choosing the Right Rose

Choosing the Right Rose

Published: 21st June 2019

We all know that roses are the nations favourite flower, and with good reason. They instantly draw on romantic connotations, they’re never out of place in a cottage garden and can make excellent cut flowers.

The world of roses is vast and for those of you who are looking to enhance your outdoor space with this delicate bloom, we’ve created our guide to give you an overview of the rose varieties to give you a bit of direction in where to start.


We’ve all stopped by a rose and put our noses to a bloom to take in their perfume. The scent of a rose is produced by the oils in the plant which when warmed up release the fragrance. So when you hold a rose to your nose, the warmth from your hand warms the oils that you can smell.
If you have a seating area in your garden, such as a patio or bench it’s worth planting a scented rose as you’ll be around the rose long enough to take in its floral aroma. 


Rose blooms are showstoppers, there’s no denying that, but it’s worth thinking about the plant’s value for the rest of the year.
Cutting faded roses to encourage repeat flowering is a common garden practise, it make sense to enjoy the flowers for as long as possible, but it is worth considering letting your rose produce the rosehip. They bring interest during autumn period as well as beneficial to birds when food is starting to be less readily available.
For a good crop of rosehips you should look for a true species of rose, also known as a wild rose.

Walls and Archways

There’s nothing more luxurious that having a climbing or rambling rose, they have the ability to draw the focus of the garden up to eye level and higher, making the most of the space available.
Climbing roses are idea for growing on house walls, but can be grown on pillars, obelisks, trellises and over arches.
Ramblers also can be grown for arches and pergolas, but also can filter through bushes and into trees.
The main differences between climbers and ramblers is that climbers tend to have large showy blooms and depending on the variety, can repeat flower through the season. Ramblers on the other hand tend to have a mass of smaller blooms that flower only once a year, except where noted.

Standard Tree Rose

If you’re looking for a dramatic statement piece with elegance to take the focus in your outdoor space than you can’t go far wrong with a standard tree rose. Standard tree roses are known for their height so they do well in borders to lifting the eyeline, but with their height they will need staking when planting.
The rose itself is often an English rose, chosen for its bushy growth creating a natural round, lolly-pop type shape, perfect for displaying the beautiful, fragrant flowers.


Hybrid Tea Rose

The classical image of a rose, as we all imagine it would be the hybrid tea rose. Recognised by its pointed “bud flowers”, available in a range of beautiful colours.
Typically a hybrid tea rose will have a bloom per stem and with sparse foliage at the base.
You will find this rose is not suited for blending into a mixed border, but perfect for a formal rose garden or narrow borders, this is due to its short upright habit.

Shrub Rose

Shrub roses are a great choice for filling larger spaces than the previous rose types, growing to 5 or 6ft in height and equally wide, depending on the variety.
They hold their own for repeat flowering, if given the right conditions, drawing out the flowering period beyond when other plants have ceased to flower.
They boast blooms in a variety of colours which creates impact from the mass of flowers over their individual beauty, but their foliage is equally graceful in habit making of an ideal space filling plant.

These are just a few of the many types of roses, for more details on these roses and more please contact our outdoor plant departments.