How to Landscape With Rose Bushes


Roses provide landscape gardeners with great diversity and opportunity to exercise their creativity. Rose bushes may be small and compact, climbing or large flowering bushes that are available in hundreds of colors. Group roses in their own bed or include them as individual plants in a landscape with other plants. Rose beds may be formal with sharp angles and geometric shapes or they may imitate nature in curves and groupings.

Step 1

Decide on the look you want from the roses in your landscape. Because there are so many choices in types and colors of roses, it helps to see examples of how others have used them in their landscapes.

Step 2

Find a place in your landscape for roses. Walk around your landscape and select an area for planting roses.

Step 3

Measure the size of the landscape area in which you want to plant roses. The size of the area, height restrictions, other features in that part of your landscape and the amount of sun available will dictate the kinds of roses you can plant.

Step 4

Design the area to be landscaped with rose bushes. Use the measurements and shape of the area to place different types of rose bushes into the design to see how they work together. You can do this with pencil and graph paper. However, you may find that using landscape design software that shows relative height of plants to be more helpful in making design decisions. Make note of the desired size and quantity of rose bushes for your landscape.

Step 5

Prepare beds for your roses. They need well-drained soil with an acidic pH of 5.8 to 6.8---use a pH measuring stick to check. Shape the bed and clear any existing weeds or grass from the area. Remove soil with a spade or shovel and replace with potting soil or topsoil enhanced with organic matter. If drainage may be a problem, raise the beds slightly above ground level.

Step 6

Select plants. Flower color is probably the decision that will drive your choice of rose bushes. You can vary tint on a color theme or select complementary colors. Your design plan will provide guidance on the correct height and spread of your landscape rose bushes. Climbing roses are the correct choice for trellising.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Graph paper and pencil or landscape design software
  • pH measuring strip
  • Spade or shovel
  • Potting soil
  • Organic matter
  • Rose bushes


  • American Rose Society Local Chapters
  • Landscaping with Roses
Keywords: landscape design, rose bushes, rose beds

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