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The world’s most romantic flower isn’t confined to the floral shop. Find out what makes the rose such a beloved landscape plant as well.

rose bush and colorful rose varieties

Roses have long been America’s favorite flower, but now with newer low-maintenance varieites available, they’re also gaining popularity as landscape plants. Gone are the days of fussy roses that require spraying every couple of weeks. Today’s roses are much more self-sufficient.

What’s not to like about this landscape plant? You can grow anything from an 8-inch-tall miniature in a pot to a 20-foot-long climber on a trellis. In between are a host of roses with rounded, upright, rambling and ground-cover habits. And with a wide selection of flower colors, sizes and forms, there is bound to be a rose to fit your style. Many are fragrant, from sweetly floral to spicy.

Good companions include: ornamental grasses, ground covers such as ajuga, creeping Jenny and pachysandra, daisies, mums, and self-seeding annuals such as bachelor’s buttons, celosia and calendula.

vignette of red and pink roses

Plant Type: Shrub

Zones: 4–9

Height: 18 in–15 ft

Width: 10 in–20 ft

Light Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom Color: Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow

Bloom Time: Late Spring, Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid Fall, Late Fall

Foilage Color: Green

Special Features: Attracts Butterflies, Fragrant Flowers, Low Maintenance

Uses: Container Plant, Cut Flowers, Screen/Privacy, Groundcover, Slope/Erosion, Foundation Plant, Informal Hedge


Growing Roses

Although newer introductions are an easygoing bunch, they’ll do best if you give them the right conditions. Start with a well-drained site that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight in summer. The soil should be rich and crumbly. Then be sure to give a little space between your rosebush and any tall companions so there’s good air circulation. This cuts down on foliar diseases such as black spot.

Deadheading will keep plants looking neater and may promote reblooming in some varieties. Japanese beetles sometimes skeletonize leaves. You can flick them off rosebushes into a can of soapy water in the morning, when they are less active, or spray them with an insect killer. Black spot is more problematic on hybrid teas than miniatures and shrub roses. Spray with a fungicide, following package directions.

What You Should Know About Growing Roses in Your Region

Want to bring “the flower of romance” in your garden? Get regionally specific advice on rose growing from one of Lowe’s 10 regional gardening experts.

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Most Beautiful Roses

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Tips for Growing Roses

Tips from Donald Meyers, a master rosarian, a member of the American Rose Society, and a gardener with more than 500 roses in his garden.

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Roses: A Beautiful Addition Indoors or Outdoors

Undisputed stars of the garden, roses are also celebrated indoors. Check out creative uses for the flower of love and meet some great varieties for your yard.

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A Guide to Roses: Types and Care

Explore the different types of roses in our list. Learn how to pick the best rose variety for your garden and how to care for it correctly.

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