Rosa 'Burgundy Ice'

Purple roses

Discover five purple roses to grow, in our feature.

Contrasting beautifully with fresh green leaves, purple-flowered roses make a dramatic addition to beds and borders. Indeed, some of the most sumptuous roses flower in shades of purple. Choose from pale lilac shades to deep, rich burgundy.

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Browse our pick of purple-flowered roses, below.


Rosa ‘Roseraie de l’Hay’

This vigorous rugosa rose bears large, double blooms in rich magenta, with a yellow central eye and an incredibly strong fragrance. Growing into a large shrub, it’s perfect for growing at the back of the border, where it will tolerate a bit of shade. With a slightly exposed centre, it’s a good choice for attracting bees and other pollinators. It bears hips for the birds, in winter.

Rosa 'Roseraie de l Hay'
Rosa ‘Roseraie de l’Hay’

Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’

An old rose, ‘Charles De Mills’ bears huge, fully double flowers with closely packed petals, in deep red-purple. Blooms have a medium to strong fragrance and are excellent for cutting. Growing into an upright shrub with arching stems, it has attractive fresh green foliage, making it a good option for growing at the back of a shrub border or as part of a hedge.

Rosa 'Charles de Mills'
Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’

Rosa ‘Pure Poetry’

‘Pure Poetry’ is a hybrid tea rose, bearing fully double blooms with closely packed petals and a strong fragrance. Flower buds have a classic hybrid-tea shape, but open more in the style of old fashioned roses. They’re borne on strong stems, making them excellent for cutting.

H x S: 90 x 60cm

Rosa 'Pure Poetry'
Rosa ‘Pure Poetry’

Rosa ‘Katie’s Rose’

A floribunda rose, ‘Katie’s Rose’ has delightful fragrant, double flowers in a deep rich aubergine, contrasting with mid-green, toothed foliage. It’s perfect for a mixed border and is excellent for cutting.

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H x S: 120 x 80cm

Rosa 'Katie's Rose'
Rosa ‘Katie’s Rose’

Rosa ‘Burgundy Ice’

This floribunda rose has double blooms in a deep plum, with velvety petals toned with pink and silvery hues, and a delicate fragrance. It’s excellent for cutting – deadhead regularly to ensure it flowers throughout the season.

Rosa 'Burgundy Ice'
Rosa ‘Burgundy Ice’