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Help Me Choose!
It's fun to dream about adding new roses to your yard or garden!
But sometimes, it can be hard to make a decision, or feel that you
have enough information to make a decision on which rose(s) to buy.
To help you find a rose that fits your needs, we have some suggested
uses for roses listed below. If you need more help be sure to visit
our Selecting a Rose for
your Garden Web page.
|Roses by Color
||Blanc Double de Coubert, Rosa rugosa alba,
|| Sunrise Sunset (yellow/pink blend), Winter Sunset
|| Belle Poitevine, Cape Diamond, Carefree Beauty, Chuckles, David Thompson, Foxi, John Davis, Lovely Fairy, Morden Blush, Rosa glauca, The Fairy, Therese Bugnet, William Baffin
|| Hansa, Purple Pavement, Rosa rugosa rubra, Rugosa
||Alexander MacKenzie, Carefree Spirit, Double Knock Out, Grootendorst Supreme, John Cabot, Knock Out
When combining roses with other roses or with other flowering
plants, it's a good idea to think
about what the resulting color combinations will look like. Some
people just have a natural instinct for knowing what colors go well
together, while others may need a little guidance. Remember the
"color wheel" we've all seen? It's a good idea to review the fundamentals
behind contrasting and complementary colors that the color wheel
illustrates. This can help you choose which colors to select. Other
factors also affect our sense of color, including: color brightness,
color area (how big/small), color saturation, proximity of colors
to one another, light and how we feel about colors.
If you're not sure what colors will look good together, get some
crayons and paper and color in swatches of the colors that come
close to what you'll be planting. Then, cut out the swatches and
put them next to each other. That will give you a pretty good idea
of what they might look like in your garden.
Here are some examples of color combinations you can make in your
Complementary color combinations include:
Contrasting color combinations include:
Remember, if you're selecting color combinations for your own
garden, just pick what pleases you.
|Best Roses for Hedges
- Lovely Fairy
- Morden Blush
- The Fairy
- Belle Poitevine
- Carefree Spirit
- Party Hardy
- Purple Pavement
- Snow Pavement
- Blanc Double de Coubert
- John Cabot
- John Davis
- Rosa glauca
- Rosa rugosa alba
- Rosa rugosa rubra
- Rugosa Magnifica
- Therese Bugnet
- William Baffin
Rugosa roses make great hedge plants
because of their dense growth. But, other roses work well also.
It all depends on what overall effect you're looking for. Hedges
can be straight lines, curves or zigzags and come in one color or
|Very Fragrant Roses
|Belle Poitevine, Blanc Double de Coubert,
Foxi, Hansa, Purple Pavement, Rosa rugosa alba,
Rosa rugosa rubra, Rugosa Magnifica, Snow Pavement, Therese
| Roses that Make
Good Cut Flowers
| Alexander MacKenzie, Cape Diamond, Carefree Beauty, Morden Blush, Rosa glauca
(foliage), The Fairy, Therese Bugnet
Number of Plants Calculator
This calculator computes the number of plants which will cover a given area,
with a given distance between plants. It will compute the number if the
plants are placed on a rectangular grid, and the number if they are placed on
a triangular grid.
To use this calculator, enter the area in square feet (length x width) and the distance
between plants in inches, then click on calculate:
Still can't decide? Here are some ideas.
- Go to a bookstore or library and look at all the rose books
to get ideas on what colors you like and how to use roses in your
yard and garden.
- Visit a public garden or arboretum to see how they use roses.
They'll often have rose varieties that grow well in your area
and may offer educational opportunities on gardening and home
- Contact your local rose society for ideas and help. Although
most rose societies emphasize the competition aspects of showing
roses, they can sometimes be a great resource for gardeners. At
least check out their Web sites for lists of favorite roses.
Or refer to the subjects below to see if they help answer your