Romeo once mused that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” and while appreciating his sentiments, the world of horticulture would argue that there is a bit more complexity to the different types of roses.
Wild or cultivated, nothing captivates our hearts more than roses. There are an estimated 150 varieties and included among them are common fruits such as apples, cherries, and pears.
Read on to get better acquainted with the most popular types of roses!
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Hybrid Tea Rose
The flagship rose of choice for the flower industry, when most people think of different types of roses the first they think of is a Hybrid Tea Rose (HTR). Whether it is the shape of their iconic buds or the full splendor of one when it is in bloom on a single stem, you are sure to have crossed paths with one.
This cultivated flower can stand at anything between 3-6 feet and available in a wide variety of colors. The HTR tends to flower at least 3 times between summer and late fall.
Varieties: Peace, St Patrick, Double Delight, Black Magic, Mr. Lincoln
Known for their bright colors and clustered blooms Floribundas are a great landscaping flower. They were known as Hybrid Polythanas up until the 1940s when they were given the name we know them as today.
They have a continuous bloom and are quite sturdy. They are very easy to care for and thus a favorite for avid home gardeners.
Varieties: Iceberg, Playboy, Playgirl, Angel Face, Sexy Rexy
Grandifloras are what happened when a Hybrid Tea Flower and A floribunda decided to get together over a century ago. Reflecting this, some varieties bloom in clusters and others in a single bloom.
With a sweet floral fragrance, they can come in light pastel colors to deep purple hues. This elegant flower as the name suggests stands taller than the HTR and is quite a hardy variety that can stand up to the elements.
Varieties: Queen Elizabeth, Gold Medal, Oktoberfest, Arizona, Miss Congeniality
This colorful variety of roses are low growing bushes that grow in clusters. Sturdy and strong as they are colorful, their smaller blooms make them great for edges and hedges.
If you want to plan ahead for a present among the different types of roses that will be a great option for a novice or budding green-fingers, the Polythana is a wonderful choice. Low maintenance and disease resistant, these flowers require little attention.
Varieties: The Gift, Gabrielle Privat, Cecile Brunner, China Doll The Fairy
Another bush variety, Miniature roses are popular as they can be easily grown in a pot or hedge. Growing up to 15-30 inches, their clustered blooms are about 1/2 to 2 inches wide. They come in a vast array of beautiful colors and are a great choice to use as a border for a rose garden!
Varieties: Venus, Daddy’s Little Girl, Behold, Joy, Bee’s Knees
What Are Your Favorite Types of Roses?
So now you know your Polythana from your Florabunda, which of these types of roses has caught your eye?
We have only scratched the surface of the different kinds to be found.
We hope finding out more about these roses will help increase your appreciation the next time you cross the jewel in the crown of any garden.
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