At last count, there were roughly 150 known species alone, and the garden hybrids of those number in the thousands. Every year, new varieties are tested, and some are eventually introduced. A great resource for viewing roses is the Washington Park rose garden. It is actually one of several rose test gardens around the nation, and is home to some of the newest roses and also some of the oldest. Keep in mind that since these roses are being evaluated, not all may actually continue on to the retail market. And not all varieties are still available. Much like cars, roses are often “discontinued” in favor of newer models.



Climbing Roses


Climbing Iceberg



Golden Showers

Joseph’s Coat

Kiss Me Kate Arborose

Quicksilver Arborose

Red Eden

Tangerine Skies Arborose


White Dawn

White Eden

Floribunda and Grandiflora


Angel Face

Arctic Blue

Brilliant Pink Iceberg

Burst of Joy

Celestial Night


Cinco De Mayo


Desmond Tutu

Distant Drums

Doris Day

Ebb Tide

Forever Amber

Frida Kahlo


Honey Dijon



Leonardo da Vinci

Life of the Party

Mango Veranda

Passionate Kisses

Play Boy

Plum Perfect Sunbelt


Pumpkin Patch


Sexy Rexy

Shelia’s Perfume

Silver Lining

South Africa Sunbelt

Sunset Horizon

Sun Sprite

White Licorice


Anna’s Promise

Ch Ching

Crazy Love Sunbelt

Dick Clark

Dream Come True

Fun in the Sun

Honey Dijon


Mother of Pearl

Nicole Carol Miller

Pop Art

Queen Elizabeth

Radiant Perfume

Rock & Roll

Strike it Rich

Twilight Zone

Hybrid Teas

Abbaye de Cluny

Apricot Candy


Black Baccara

Bliss Parfuma

Blue Girl


Bronze Star

California Dreaming

Centennial Star

Chantilly Cream

Chicago Peace

Chrysler Imperial

Dark Night

Dolly Parton

Earth Angel Parfuma

Eternal Flame

Falling In Love


Fragrant Cloud

Full Sail

Francis Meilland

Girls Night Out

Grande Amore Eleganza



Hotel California

John F Kennedy

Just Joey

Love and Peace

Love’s Promise

Marilyn Monroe

Memorial Day

Midas Touch

Miss All American Beauty

Mister Lincoln

Moonlight Romantica

Neil Diamond

Oh Happy Day Eleganza


Opening Night


Over the Moon

Painted Porcelain


Perfume Delight

Perfume Factory


Pope John Paul II

Pretty Lady Rose

Princess Charlene de Monoco

Queen Mary 2

Rio Samba



St. Patrick

State of Grace

Sugar Moon

Sunny Sky Eleganza

Sunset Celebration

Sweet Mademoiselle

Tahitian Sunset


Touch of Class


We Salute You


Veterans Honor

WWII Memorial

Drift, Miniature, Shrub


Apricot Drift

Blushing Drift

Coral Drift

Peach Drift

Popcorn Drift

Red Drift

White Drift


Amber Sunblaze

Baby Paradise

Bridal Sunblaze

Cherry Sunblaze

Cutie Pie

Rainbow Sunblaze

Rainbow’s End

Salmon Sunblaze

Yellow Sunblaze


Belinda’s Blush

Blanc Double de Coubert

Double Knock Out

Edith’s Darling

Pink Double Knock Out

Rainbow Knock Out

Sunny Knock Out


Tequilla Supreme

Patio Trees


Easy Does It

Ebb Tide

Julia Child


Fun in the Sun

Barbra Streisand

Black Baccara

Chrysler Imperial

Double Delight

Falling in Love

Just Joey

Mister Lincoln

Pope John Paul II

Queen Mary 2

Rio Samba 

Rainbow Sunblaze

Red Sunblaze

Yellow Sunblaze

Double Knock Out

Sunny Knock Out

Where to Plant

The planting site is one of the most crucial elements in successful rose growing. Roses need full sun! Some of the shrub roses aren’t as picky about this, but a successful rose garden starts with a sunny spot. Shade causes long, sprawling, floppy growth and invites disease.

The next element is soil. To start with, drainage is a must. Roses despise wet feet, and aren’t terribly fond of heavy clay. Roses are most successful in raised beds, as raised beds drain exceptionally well and tend to have better temperature properties than regular flat soil. The better the soil, the better the roses. If you can bring in new soil, like a sandy loam or other soil mix, you should consider doing it. Whatever soil you use should be high in organic material, fast draining, and close to a neutral pH. Clay can be used, but you must amend it with a lot of organic material. Lime generally needs to be added to counteract the acidity of our native soils. Roses love rich soil, so be sure to add quite a bit of organic material.

One of the best things we have found is composted steer manure, We like “Malibu Compost”. Mushroom compost doesn’t last long enough, but a heavier planting compost could be used. Try not to use a lot of bark around roses, it can have somewhat adverse effects over time. When you are ready to plant, pick a good planting site and fix it up as mentioned above.

Standard planting procedures apply, but there are a few things to keep in mind. It is beneficial to add a cup of lime when planting, as this will correct pH around the plant. Also, all hybrid roses will have a graft union towards the base of the plant, right above where the roots start to form. This union is easily recognized, it is generally swollen and looks like a knot. This union must remain above the soil level! This also includes any mulch that you put down: keep the graft union clear. Burying this will give you massive headaches and heartbreaks in the near future. You may also want to consider adding some mycorrhiza when you plant for added health.