A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, unless of course you’ve chosen a rose without a fragrance. But whether you’re after a fragrantly delightful rose, or something that looks stunning, there is bound to be a rose out there for you.
Though at times the sheer number of roses available, along with the associated terminology, can get a bit confusing. So, to make things easier, here is a beginner’s guide to some useful terms and our top varieties to start growing.
Climbing: Rambling or trailing roses. They grow best when trained against a structure such as a trellis or a fence.
Bush: A shrubby rose. Generally best when trained into an open vase shape.
Standards: Generally a bush rose that has been grafted onto a long, straight stem.
Carpet Rose: Trailing, hardy roses that work best as a ground cover. Tend to be very disease-resistant.
David Austin: Bred by renowned rose breeder David Austin, these roses often have the fragrance and appearance of an old-fashioned rose with the vigour, repeat flowering and disease-resistance of modern varieties.
Hybrid Tea: Each bloom forms on a single longer stem.
Floribunda: Blooms form in clusters.
Top 5 Varieties
Iceberg: Easy-care white bush rose can be grown as a standard. Disease-resistant and perfect for the novice.
Abraham Darby: Bred by David Austin, this delightful bush rose produces large cupped blooms in shades of pink, apricot and yellow. Their fruity fragrance has a refreshing tartness.
Blackberry Nip: This New Zealand-bred bush rose produces gorgeous plum-purple flowers with an alluring rose scent.
Dublin Bay: Delightful clusters of red flowers are produced profusely from summer through till autumn.
Sir Edmund Hilary: This vigourous, strong and hardy climber produces delightfully fragrant white blooms with a cream centre.
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Words: Billy Aiken, Kings Plant Barn