Kinds of Rose Bushes

Roses are a classic garden staple renowned for lush fragrant blooms and full green foliage. Varieties of these bushes can be used for garden borders, focal points, potted plants and even ground cover. Few bushes evoke as much admiration as this timeless garden favorite.


Floribunda means "bloom freely," and the name suits this variety of rose bush. Floribunda roses are known for their lush blooms and dense green foliage. Most of these bushes will not grow more than 3 feet tall. This makes them perfect for borders and perimeter hedging. Floribundas are even compact enough to be grown in pots. As with most varieties of roses, floribunda roses can be found in almost any color, and their colorful blooms are typically 3 to 5 inches in diameter.

Climbing Roses

Climbing roses add vertical interest to the landscape. With some varieties growing as tall as 30 feet high, the eye is drawn upward toward large colorful blooms. Climbing roses attract birds to the garden, adding even more visual interest. These rose bushes range between 2 and 6 feet across. Climbing roses will need a sturdy structure to climb, such as a fence or trellis. Most varieties of climbing rose are quite fragrant, engaging the nose almost as much as the eye.

Miniature Roses

Miniature rose bushes add a splash of color and interest to spaces that are too small to accommodate a standard rose bush. Miniatures can be planted outdoors or grown in pots in the home or on the porch or deck. Miniatures roses range from 3 to 18 inches high, making them the perfect container plant. They bloom in a variety of colors, including shades of red, white and yellow.

Hybrid Tea Roses

The hybrid tea rose is the ideal cut rose for vases and centerpieces. Tea roses are grown for fragrance as much as beauty. Hybrid tea rose bushes can grow to be 4 feet tall and around 3 feet wide. Blooms are available in shades of red, yellow and white, and one variety, the black magic rose, blooms in shades of black blended with red.

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Kay Abbot was first published in 2004 with articles written for Triond. She is a second-year psychology student with the University of Phoenix.