Choosing the Right Rose

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Have you ever walked into the garden center and been instantly taken aback by the beautiful blooms and sweet fragrance of the rose display? The problem is you don’t know which one is the best for you to plant. Then you read the tag and become even more confused. Hybrid Tea…Floribunda…Miniature… Climbing… Shrub…what does it all mean? How do you choose?

Here is a simple guide and brief explanation of each rose type:

Hybrid Tea

  • Most popular rose
  • Great for cutting and floral arrangements


  • Sturdy rose, bushy plant
  • Produces large clusters of blooms

Miniature Rose

  • Great for edging flower beds, growing in tubs, or as an indoor houseplant
  • Both the leaves and flowers are small, usually they do not exceed 15″

Shrub Rose

  • The same as a floribunda but with slightly smaller blooms
  • Hardier than the floribunda
  • Easy to grow, disease resistant

While roses of any variety will give you great blooms and fantastic color, the easiest to grow is by far a shrub rose. We suggest Easy Elegance Shrub Roses for their superb blooms, vibrant color options and superior growth habit.

For a complete guide on how to plant and care for Roses, download a copy of our informational pamphlet:

Roses Our National Flower