There are several different types of shrub rose, including floribunda, rugosa, musk, English and ground cover roses. They’re incredibly versatile – you can grow them in a mixed border among salvias, catmints and other herbaceous perennials, group them together in a rose garden, train them as a low-growing hedge and even grow them in containers.
One of the best qualities of shrub roses is their capacity for producing a continual supply of flowers, with little deadheading required. They’re usually in flower from June until the first frosts, so you’re never short of blooms to enjoy outdoors and indoors.
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Take your pick from this lovely selection of shrub roses to grow.
Floribunda rose ‘Chinatown’
Like all floribunda roses, ‘Chinatown’ is a robust, disease-resistant variety with flowers produced in clusters. The warm yellow flowers of this large variety have a lovely peach fragrance.
Height x spread: 1.5m x 90cm.
Rose ‘Burgundy Ice’
Also known as ‘Prose’, ‘Burgundy Ice’ is a sumptuously coloured floribunda rose, with deep, magenta-violet coloured flowers and a light fragrance. Try combining it with contrasting pale or warm-toned flowers to bring out the colour.
H x S: 100cm x 80cm.
Rosa ‘Grace’ is a divine English shrub rose with apricot-coloured blooms that have hints of pink. It has an arching growth habit and looks great growing in a large container or in the border alongside purple-flowered plants like Rosa ‘Hippolyte’, Verbascum ‘Violetta’ and Campanula glomerata.
H x S: 1.5m x 100cm.
‘Nostalgia’ is a lovely hybrid tea rose with unusual flowers that are pink-red when closed, opening to reveal creamy white centres and with a gentle fragrance. The foliage is a deep, glossy green.
H x S: 100cm x 75cm.
Rose ‘Hot Chocolate’
A standout floribunda variety, ‘Hot Chocolate’ has fabulous smokey-red blooms held in clusters. The growth is strong and foliage a lustrous green. Good planting partners include Salvia verticillata and Trollius ‘Golden Queen’.
H x S: 100cm x 100cm.
Rose ‘Great Expectations’
This graceful variety has highly scented blooms that are a luminescent blend of pink and pale orange. As a floribunda rose, ‘Great Expectations’ has flowers held in clusters. It has a compact and bushy growth habit.
H x S: 100cm x 80cm.
‘Boscobel’ is a particularly exuberant variety with large, pink and perfectly formed flowers with a rich fragrance. Orange eremurus and purple nepeta make lovely, colourful planting partners.
H x S: 1.2m x 100cm.
Rosa ‘Scarborough Fair’
This pale-pink flowered rose is a robust, bushy variety with semi-double flowers that open to reveal gorgeous gold centres. Better still, it has a lovely musk rose fragrance.
H x S: 100cm x 90cm.
‘Charles de Mills’
Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’
Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’ is characterised by its delightfully large flowers with a rich plum-purple colouration and strong fragrance. It has an attractive arching growth habit.
H x S: 1.5m x 1.2m.