Great Roses for Tucson, by Color

 

Recommended roses sorted by color

A pdf of this list (updated in Spring 2010) can be found at Recommended Roses.

To see pictures of roses, a good website is HelpMeFind: Roses.

Types of roses

  • Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras: Roses have flowers borne on long stems, either singly or with several side blooms (clusters). Most like typical florist roses. Bushes are typically tall and slender.
  • Floribundas and Polyanthas: Roses have profuse ability to bear flowers in large clusters with more than one bloom on stems at any one time. Typically these roses provide massive colorful, long lasting garden displays and can bloom continually. Bushes are typically shorter and rounder.
  • Shrubs: Roses typically have a sprawling habit and have clusters of flowers. David Austin, English and Romantica roses belong to this category and resemble old garden roses in shape, form and fragrance.
  • Miniatures and Mini-Floras: Roses have smaller blooms size and plants are usually one to three feet in height. Blooms come both singly or in clusters. They are good as container plants or border plants.
  • Climbers: Can be trained to grow against a wall, a trellis, a fence, an arbor or pergola.
  • Old Garden Roses: Existed prior to 1867. The flower form can be quartered, cupped, globular or compact. Many only flower in the spring. Most are fragrant.

Recommended White Roses

Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras

  • Cajun Moon
  • Crystalline
  • Full Sail (fragrant)
  • Garden Party
  • Honor
  • Moonstone
  • Pascali
  • Pristine
  • Sheer Bliss (fragrant)
  • Table Mountain

Floribundas, Polyanthas & Shrubs

  • Darlow’s Enigma
  • Dove
  • Fabulous
  • Fair Bianca (fragrant)
  • French Lace
  • Iceberg
  • Lady of the Dawn
  • Lullaby
  • Margaret Merril
  • Panda Meidiland
  • Pillow Fight
  • Sally Holmes (single)
  • Swan

Miniature and Mini-Flora Roses

  • Child’s PlayFigurine
  • Gourmet Popcorn
  • Irresistible
  • Leading Lady
  • Linville
  • Pacesetter
  • Peter Cottontail
  • Snow Bride

Climbers

  • Climbing Iceberg
  • Eden
  • Sombreuil

Old Garden Roses

  • Leda
  • Madame Hardy
  • R. banksiae

Recommended yellow and yellow blend roses

Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras

  • Deidre Hall
  • Gold Medal
  • Graceland
  • Henry Fonda
  • Love and Peace
  • Mellow Yellow
  • Michelangelo
  • Midas Touch
  • New Day
  • Oregold
  • Peace
  • St. Patrick

Floribundas, Polyanthas & Shrubs

  • Easy Going
  • English Garden (fragrant)
  • Flutterby
  • George Burns
  • Golden Celebration
  • Graham Thomas
  • Honey Bouquet
  • Julia Child
  • Sheila’s Perfume
  • Summer Fashion
  • Sun Flare
  • Sunsprite
  • The Pilgrim

Miniature and Mini-Flora Roses

  • Abby’s Angel
  • Autumn Splendor
  • Bees Knees
  • Behold
  • Butter Cream
  • Cal Poly
  • Conundrum
  • Dancing Flame
  • Erin Alonso
  • Fairhope
  • Hot Tamale
  • June Laver
  • Luis Desamero
  • My Sunshine (single)
  • Olympic Gold
  • Party Girl
  • Rainbow’s End
  • Rise ‘n Shine
  • Sequoia Gold
  • Sunglow

Climbers

  • * Golden Showers
    * Pinata
    * The Impressionist

Old Garden Roses

  • * Mutabilis
    * R. banksiae lutea

Recommended pink and pink blend roses

Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras

  • * Barbara Bush (fragrant)
    * Bewitched (fragrant)
    * Bride’s Dream
    * Brigadoon
    * Cajun Sunrise
    * Chicago Peace
    * Color Magic
    * Dainty Bess (single)
    * Desert Magic
    * Diana Princess of Wales
    * Elizabeth Taylor
    * Falling in Love
    * Fame!
    * First Prize
    * Gemini
    * Hot Princess
    * Louise Estes
    * Lynn Anderson
    * Miss All American Beauty
    * New Zealand
    * Perfume Delight (fragrant)
    * Pink Peace (fragrant)
    * Royal Highness
    * Queen Elizabeth
    * Secret (fragrant)
    * Signature
    * Sonia
    * Timeless (fragrant)
    * Tournament of Roses

Floribundas, Polyanthas & Shrubs

  • * Ballerina
    * Belle of Portugal
    * Belle Story
    * Cecile Brunner
    * Cherish
    * China Doll
    * Country Dancer
    * Eglantine (fragrant)
    * Elisabeth Bowers
    * First Light
    * Flower Girl
    * Gene Boerner
    * Gertrude Jekyll (fragrant)
    * Gruss an Aachen
    * Hannah Gordon
    * Heritage
    * Knock Out
    * Lilian Austin
    * Lovely Fairy
    * Mary Rose (fragrant)
    * Miss Behavin’
    * Neon Lights
    * Nicole
    * Origami
    * Our Lady of Guadalupe
    * Passionate Kises
    * Peachy Cheeks
    * Playgirl (single)
    * Pleasure
    * Rainbow Knock Out
    * Regensburg
    * Sexy Rexy
    * Simplicity
    * Sparrieshoop
    * The Fairy

Miniature and Mini-Flora Roses

  • * Baby Grand
    * Cupcake
    * Giggles
    * In Memory
    * Jennifer
    * Just For You
    * Mariotta
    * Minnie Pearl
    * Mother’s Love
    * Pierrine
    * Purple Dawn
    * Something for Judy
    * Valerie Jeanne
    * X-Rated

Climbers

  • * Berries ‘n Cream
    * Candy Land
    * New Dawn
    * Pearly Gates
    * Soaring Spirits

Old Garden Roses

  • * Autumn Damask
    * Baronne Prevost
    * Champneys Pink Cluster
    * Comte de Chambord
    * Enfant de France
    * General Allard
    * Marchesa Boccella
    * Mme Isaac Pereire
    * Mons Tillier
    * Old Blush
    * Pink Pet
    * Rose de Rescht
    * Souvenir de la Malmaison
    * Vick’s Caprice

Recommended red and red blend roses

Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras

  • * Beloved (aka Cesar E Chavez)
    * Black Magic
    * Cherry Parfait
    * Crimson Bouquet
    * Chrysler Imperial
    * Dolly Parton (fragrant)
    * Double Delight (fragrant)
    * Ingrid Bergman
    * Kardinal
    * Let Freedom Ring
    * Liebeszauber
    * Lovers Lane
    * Marilyn Wellan
    * Milestone
    * Mon Cheri (fragrant)
    * Olympiad
    * Opening Night
    * Perfectly Red
    * Veteran’s Honor

Floribundas, Polyanthas & Shrubs

  • * Anda
    * Be-Bop
    * Betty Boop
    * Chihuly
    * Europeana
    * Falstaff
    * Home Run
    * Lavaglut
    * L.D. Braithwaite
    * Othello (fragrant)
    * Pinnacle
    * Prospero (fragrant)
    * Red Fairy
    * Red Ribbons
    * Scentimental (fragrant)
    * Showbiz
    * The Prince
    * The Squire
    * Tradescant
    * Wenlock
    * William Shakespeare 2000
    * Wing-Ding

Miniature and Mini-Flora Roses

  • * Acey Deucy
    * Beauty Secret
    * Black Jade
    * Captivation
    * Centerpiece
    * Charismatic
    * Chelsea Belle
    * Hilde
    * Kristin
    * Miss Flippins
    * Mountie
    * Neon Cowboy
    * Old Glory
    * Red Cascade
    * Robin Alonso
    * Rowdy Roy
    * Ruby Baby
    * Salute
    * Santa Claus
    * Trickster
    * Whoopi

Climbers

  • * Altissimo (climber)
    * Don Juan
    * Dortmund
    * Dynamite
    * Fourth of July
    * Joseph’s Coat
    * Tempo

Old Garden Roses

  • * Archduke Charles
    * Charles de Mills
    * Francis Dubreuil
    * Maggie
    * Rose du Roi

Recommended orange, orange blend and russet roses

Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras

  • * Arizona
    * Artistry
    * Cary Grant
    * Chris Evert
    * Fragrant Cloud (fragrant)
    * Las Vegas
    * Octoberfest
    * Ole
    * Perfect Moment
    * Sheer Elegance
    * Spice Twice
    * Sunsprite
    * Touch of Class
    * Voodoo

Floribundas, Polyanthas & Shrubs

  • * All That Jazz
    * Bill Warriner
    * Cinco de Mayo
    * City of Carlsbad
    * Hot Cocoa
    * Hot ‘n’ Spicy
    * Impatient
    * Johnny Becnel
    * Lady of the Mist
    * Livin’ Easy
    * Margo Koster
    * Marmalade Skies
    * Miami Moon
    * Paul Ecke Jr
    * Playboy (single)
    * Sarabande
    * Trumpter

Miniature and Mini-Flora Roses

  • * Carrot Top
    * Cheer Up
    * Gizmo
    * Glowing Amber
    * Little Jackie
    * New Beginning
    * Palmetto Sunrise
    * Pucker Up
    * Rock Star
    * Starina
    * Sweet Revenge

Climbers

  • * America
    * Dream Weaver

Recommended mauve roses
Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras

  • * Barbra Streisand
    * Blue Girl (fragrant)
    * Fragrant Plum (fragrant)
    * Melodie Parfumee (fragrant)
    * Paradise
    * Wild Blue Yonder

Floribundas, Polyanthas & Shrubs

  • * Angel Face (fragrant)
    * Blueberry Hill
    * Intrigue (fragrant)
    * Love Potion
    * Outta the Blue
    * Purple Tiger

Miniature and Mini-Flora Roses

  • * Always a Lady (fragrant)
    * Dr. John Dickman
    * Incognito
    * Sachet (fragrant)
    * Scentsational
    * Sweet Chariot
    * Winsome
    * Vista (fragrant)

Climbers: Night Owl

Old Garden Roses

  • * Cardinal de Richelieu
    * Yolande d’Aragon

Recommended apricot roses

Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras

  • * Brandy (fragrant)
    * Bronze Star
    * Just Joey
    * Marilyn Monroe
    * Summer Dream
    * Sunset Celebration

Floribundas, Polyanthas & Shrubs

  • * Abraham Darby (fragrant)
    * Amber Queen
    * Brass Band
    * Cathedral
    * Claire Rose (fragrant)
    * English Garden
    * Evelyn (fragrant)
    * Fragrant Apricot
    * Honey Perfume
    * Pat Austin (fragrant)
    * Pearl d’Or
    * Royal Wedding
    * Tamora (fragrant)
    * Tuscan Sun

Miniature and Mini-Flora Roses

  • * Jean Kenneally
    * Loving Touch

Climbers: Sally Holmes