Roses can provide great beauty and satisfaction in your home landscape. They flower from Spring through the Fall and not only provide added color to the yard, but can provide wonderful fragrances and enjoyment as cut flowers. There are several types of roses available. Determining which types of roses are best in your garden will depend on a couple of factors: how much time you are willing to spend on maintaining your roses,whether or not you want to use the roses as cutflowers, and the location you are planning to plant the roses.
Traditional roses usually include Hybrid Tea roses, Floribunda Roses, Grandiflora roses, and Climbing roses. These types of roses are often fragrant and can be cut for flower arrangements. Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras are traditionally the best for long stem roses, while Floribundas often flower in bunches, which means no long stems, but one stem can be a whole bouquet of flowers. Traditional roses require regular pruning for optimum flowering. These roses generally are available as bareroot plants or in containers. The bareroot season usually begins in the middle of December and ends around the first part of February. During the bareroot season many new varieties become available for the first time. As mentioned, these roses are also available in containers, with the widest container availability in mid Spring to early Summer.
Groundcover roses are a relatively new breed of rose, having been hybridized to give great color in the garden while requiring minimal maintenance. Two of the most popular types of groundcover roses are the Flower Carpet® Roses and the Drift® Roses. These types of roses come in various colors and are fairly disease resistant and hardy.The Flower Carpet® roses generally grow to about 3 feet tall while the Drift® Roses are about 1 1/2 feet to 2 feet tall. Both require minimal pruning and are not generally used as cutflowers. These roses are available year round in containers.