Great Roses for Tucson, by Type

 

Recommended roses sorted by type

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.

Hybrid Tea | Floribunda | Miniature & Mini-Flora | Climbing | Old Garden | Shrubs (English, Austin, Romantica)

Recommended Hybrid Tea and Grandiflora Roses

White & White Blend

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

Yellow & Yellow Blend

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

Apricot & Apricot Blend

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

Orange & Orange Blend

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

Pink and Pink Blend

* 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

Red and Red Blend

* 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

Mauve & Mauve Blend

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

Recommended Floribunda and Polyantha Roses

White & White Blend

* Dove
* Fabulous
* French Lace
* Iceberg
* Lady of the Dawn
* Lullaby
* Margaret Merril

Apricot & Apricot Blend

* Amber Queen
* Brass Band
* Cathedral
* Fragrant Apricot
* Honey Perfume
* Pearl d’Or
* Royal Wedding
* Tuscan Sun

Yellow & Yellow Blend

* Easy Going
* English Garden (fragrant)
* George Burns
* Honey Bouquet
* Julia Child
* Sheila’s Perfume
* Summer Fashion
* Sun Flare
* Sunsprite

Orange, Orange Blend & Orange-Red

* Bill Warriner
* Cinco de Mayo
* City of Carlsbad
* Hot Cocoa
* Hot ‘n’ Spicy
* Impatient
* Johnny Becnel
* Livin’ Easy
* Margo Koster
* Marmalade Skies
* Miami Moon
* Playboy (single)
* Sarabande
* Trumpter

Red & Red-Blend

* Anda
* Betty Boop
* Chihuly
* Europeana
* Lavaglut
* Pinnacle
* Red Fairy
* Scentimental (fragrant)
* Showbiz
* Wing-Ding

Pink & Pink Blend

* Cecile Brunner
* Cherish
* China Doll
* Gene Boerner
* Gruss an Aachen
* Hannah Gordon
* Lovely Fairy
* Miss Behavin’
* Neon Lights
* Nicole
* Origami
* Our Lady of Guadalupe
* Passionate Kises
* Peachy Cheeks
* Playgirl (single)
* Pleasure
* Regensburg
* Sexy Rexy
* Simplicity
* The Fairy

Mauve

* Angle Face (fragrant)
* Blueberry Hill
* Intrigue (fragrant)
* Love Potion
* Purple Tiger

Recommended Miniature and Mini-Flora Roses

White

* Child’s Play
* Figurine
* Gourmet Popcorn
* Irresistible
* Leading Lady
* Linville
* Pacesetter
* Peter Cottontail
* Snow Bride

Apricot & Apricot Blend

* Jean Kenneally
* Loving Touch

Yellow & Yellow Blend

* 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

Orange, Orange-Red, Orange-Pink & Orange Blend

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

Red and Red Blend

* 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

Pink and Pink-Blend

* 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

Mauve

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

Recommended Climbing Roses

* Altissimo (medium red)
* America (orange blend)
* Berries ‘n’ Cream (white and pink stripes)
* Candy Land (pink and white stripes)
* Climbing Iceberg (white)
* Don Juan (deep red)
* Dream Weaver (orange blend)
* Dynamite (red)
* Dublin Bay (red)
* Eden (white)
* Fourth of July (red and white)
* Golden Showers (yellow/fragrant)
* Joseph’s Coat (orange and yellow blend)
* Lace Cascade (white)
* New Dawn (pink)
* Night Owl (deep purple)
* Pearly Gates (pink)
* Pinata (yellow)
* Soaring Spirits (pink and white stripes)
* Sombreuil (white)
* Tempo (red)
* The Impressionist (apricot)

Climbing Miniatures

* Jeanne Lajoie (pink)
* Red Cascade (deep red)
* Hurdy Gurdy (red blend)
* Climbing Rainbow’s End (yellow blend)

Recommended Old Garden Roses (OGRs)

Gallica Roses

* Cardinal de Richelieu (mauve)
* Charles de Mills (mauve)
* Rosa Mundi (pink and white blend)

Damask Roses

* Leda (white)
* Madame Hardy (white)

Portland Damask Roses

* Comte De Chambord (pinkish-lilac)
* Jacques Cartier (pink/fragrant)
* Rose De Rescht (deep fuchsia-crimson)
* Rose du Roi (crimson)
* Yolande d’Aragon (mauve)

Moss Roses

* Salet (lilac-pink)
* Crested Moss (pink)

Bourbon Roses

* Louise Odier (deep pink)
* Madame Ernest Calvat (pink)
* Madame Isaac Pereire (purpleish-crimson)
* Maggie (deep pink)
* Souvenir De La Malmaison (creamy pink)

Hybrid Perpetual Roses

* Baron Girod de l’Ain (burgundy with white edges)
* Baronne Prevost (pink)
* Ferdinard Pichard (red and white blend)
* La Reine (medium pink)
* Marquise Bocella (two-toned pink)
formerly called Jacques Cartier
* Paul Neyron (medium pink)
* Reine des Violettes (violet-purple)

Hybrid Musk Roses

* Ballerina (pinkish white)
* Buff Beauty (apricot)
* Nymphenburg (pink)

Tea Roses

* Francis Dubreiul (red)
* Gloire de Dijon (orange-pink)
* Lady Hillington (apricot-yellow)
* Mons Tillier (pink)
* Sombreuil (white, climber)

China Roses

* Archduke Charles (pink changing to crimson)
* Mutabilis (orange to buff to pink to crimson) aka The Butterfly Rose
* Old Blush (pink)
* Pink Pet (pink)

Noisette Roses

* Champney’s Pink Cluster (pink)
* Lemarque (yellowish-white)
* Madame Alfred Carriere (white)
* Reve d’Or (yellow)

Centifolia Roses

* Fantin Latour (pink)

Rugosa Roses

* Roseraie de l’Hay (red)
* Hansa (red)
* F.J. Grootendoorst (red)
* Pink Grootendoorst (pink)

Species

* R. banksiae (white)
* R banksiae lutea (yellow)

Recommended Shrub Roses
aka David Austin, English, Romantica Roses

White

* Darlow’s Enigma
* Fair Bianca (fragrant)
* Panda Meidiland
* Pillow Fight
* Swan
* Sally Holmes (single)
* Swan

Pink and Pink-Blend

* Belle of Portugal
* Belle Story
* Country Dancer
* Eglantine (fragrant)
* Elisabeth Bowers
* First Light
* Flower Girl
* Gertrude Jekyll (fragrant)
* Heritage
* Knock Out
* Lilian Austin
* Mary Rose (fragrant)
* Rainbow Knock Out
* Sparrieshoop

Apricot

* Abraham Darby (fragrant)
* Claire Rose (fragrant)
* English Garden
* Evelyn (fragrant)
* Tamora (fragrant)

Yellow

* Golden Celebration
* Graham Thomas
* The Pilgrim

Red

* Falstaff
* Home Run
* L.D. Braithwaite
* Othello (fragrant)
* Prospero (fragrant)
* Red Ribbons
* The Prince
* The Squire
* Tradescant
* Wenlock
* William Shakespeare 2000