Where I live June is the month when roses are at the height of their first flush. For a few short weeks you can enjoy the mass of colors and scents and then the flowers still come but at a more sedate pace. This collection of ten roses is not just a list of named varieties, but includes ten distinct types of rose from the low maintenance Knock Out, most fragrant and best climber to name just three. I found this list in an article by Sally Roth on the Birds and Blooms website.
There?s a longtime love affair between gardeners and roses. But many roses are highly susceptible to black spot and other problems, while others can be finicky and fail to thrive. So keep the love alive with these rose selections. All of them are disease resistant, vigorous and so long-lived you can count on them for decades of beauty in your garden. We hope you?ll find your soul mate among the types we?ve included in our list of the best roses. Unless noted, these roses flourish in Zones 5 to 9 and Zone 10 in the West.
- American Rose Society/Gaye Hammond
Best Low Maintenance – Knock OutSun, Zone 4
Introduced in 2000, the original red Knock Out quickly became the most popular garden plant in America. Branch out beyond the ubiquitous glowing red original with hot pink, blush pink, creamy yellow and sunset-hued Rainbow Knock Out. This carefree rose does have a catch, though: barely any scent.
Why we love it: As easy to grow as daylilies, Knock Out roses live up to their hype.
- American Rose Society/Neil Evans
Most Fragrant – Honey PerfumeSun, Zone 6
This 4-foot-tall shrub rose lives up to its name. A floribunda type, its fragrant flowers grow in clusters, so you can pick a whole bouquet with one snip of the shears. As the blossoms age, they soften to a creamier hue.
Why we love it: In a vase or along a path, Honey Perfume won?t let you pass without stopping to smell the roses.
- American Rose Society/Conard-Pyle Star Roses
Best Double – Orchid RomanceSun
This 2011 shrub rose from the breeders of Knock Out combines sumptuous antique blossoms with modern disease resistance and an ever-blooming habit. The initial burst of color softens to a paler pink.
Why we love it: Old-fashioned beauty, delightful citrusy fragrance, easy to grow?this newcomer is a winner.