11 Rose Varieties To Grow Outdoors (UK)

Last Updated on April 8, 2024 by Real Men Sow

Roses are one of the most diverse groups of plants. There are many rose varieties that can be confusing for both novice and experienced gardeners. Each variety has its own benefits so it will be easy to locate roses that can grow in different places, such as in narrow borders, in garden archways, or in containers and pots.


11 Rose Varieties For Novice And Experienced Gardeners


These old roses are considered to be some of the toughest you can grow. Flowers are always white or pale pink, set against characteristic gray-green leaves. Highly disease-resistant and require little pruning. You can grow these rose varieties in partial shade.


Climbing Roses have more structured and less vigorous growth than Rambling Roses. They flower on the previous year’s growth and produce smaller but better blooms. Some varieties are repeat-flowering, especially the younger ones. They are all fragrant and can be separated into different types.


Centifolias are known for their large, almost spherical, fragrant flowers. They are sometimes called the Provence rose because they are grown in the region to make rose oil. These shrub roses have an open-growing habit. They come in a variety of colours, from white to rich pink.


Damask roses have been around for a long time and are still used commercially to make rose oil. The shrub roses can be divided into two groups: the larger Summer Damasks, which have white to pink blooms and bloom once a season, and the smaller Autumn Damasks, which will repeat flower and produce white, pink, or deep pink-purple-coloured flowers.


Floribunda roses result from crossing polyantha and hybrid tea roses. This type of rose has a lot of flowers and tends to be bushier. They are considered to be more resilient and hardy than hybrid teas. Many flower colors are available, but many lack scent. Repeat-flowering.


Gallicas are the oldest variety of garden roses. They are bushy, short-lived roses with double flowers. Their appearance is distinctly ruffled. The blooms can be pink, purple, or red. Many blooms have strong scent and make beautiful border roses.

Ground cover

Ground cover roses, as their name implies, are usually wider than they are high. However, they can be larger than they are tall. Many are repeat-flowering and produce many small flowers. Some plants are fragrant, others not. These plants are small but strong.

Hybrid tea

The first hybrid tea roses were created by crossing strong, vigorous tea perpetuals with more delicate, long-flowering tea tea roses. The modern hybrid tea rose is a large-flowering, single-stemmed, long-lasting hybrid tea rose. They have a pointed appearance. They are available in all colors, except blue, and most of them come with a fragrance. Open growth and repeat-flowering are two of their best qualities. Perfect for cutting flowers.

Patio Rose Variety

Patio roses are plants that have been specifically bred to be compact and, therefore, you can grow them in containers. They are similar to polyanthus and have bushy growth with small clusters of flowers. They are often fragrant and repeat-flowering.


Polyanthus are small shrub roses that bear clusters of small flowers. They are bushy and repeat-flowers, with a strong, robust growth. Many have some scent and are compact, therefore, you can use them to edge borders.


Rambling roses can be more vigorous than climbers and usually produce a single spectacular flush of small flowers in June or July. A repeat-flowering rambler will produce more flowers. They bloom on the previous year’s growth so you’ll have to prune them immediately after flowering. The old stems should also be cut back. They are great for covering pergolas and are fragrant.

Real Men Sow
Real Men Sow

Hello, I’m Pete and I’m currently based in the west of Scotland, in a small place called Rosneath, where I’m exploring my garden adventures. I personally started gardening around 6 years ago and initially, I started out by growing my favorite fruits and berries, such as strawberries, Raspberries & Gooseberries. Since then I’ve added a lot of vegetables and working closely with my neighbor, it’s been a lot of fun.