Rosa 'Scarborough Fair'

Nine of the best shrub roses

We pick some of the best shrub roses to grow, including scented and free-flowering varieties.

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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