Rosa 'Sunny Sky'

Yellow roses to grow

Browse our recommendations for the best yellow rose varieties to grow.

Yellow roses add a bright, cheery note to border schemes. The spectrum is broad, from delicate, creamy yellows to lemon tones, right through to more acidic, sulphurous shades.

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Whatever the shade, yellow flowers make a striking foil for darker colours such as blue and purple. They also work wonderfully in paler, pastel-coloured designs.

Browse some of our favourite yellow rose varieties, below.


Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’

In late spring, thornless rambling rose Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ bears hanging sprays of small, double yellow flowers with a light fragrance. Hardy and vigorous, it’s a good choice for covering a rose arch or pergola, and even training through a tree.

Height x spread: 12m x 4m.

Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'
Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’

Rosa ‘County of Staffordshire’

Rosa ‘County of Staffordshire’ is a ground-cover rose, bearing clusters of coppery-yellow double flowers from June to October. With smaller-than average blooms and a trailing habit, it’s suitable for using as groundcover or growing in a pot, where it will spill and trail over the side.

H x S: 50 x 60cm.

Rosa 'County of Staffordshire'
Rosa ‘County of Staffordshire’

Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’

‘Graham Thomas’ is a popular climbing rose with deep yellow, semi-double blooms with an amber central eye and a rich tea-fragrance. It shows strong resistance to disease. Perfect for covering a rose arch or pergola, The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

H x S: 1.5m x 1.2m.

Rosa 'Graham Thomas'
Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’

Rosa ‘The Lark Ascending’

Rosa ‘The Lark Ascending’ is a disease-resistant large and bushy shrub rose, bearing clusters of semi-double, cup-shaped golden-yellow blooms with a light myrrh or tea-rose fragrance. It’s well-suited to growing in a mixed or rose border.

H x S: 1.5m x 1.2m.

Rosa 'The Lark Ascending'
Rosa ‘The Lark Ascending’

Rosa ‘Elina’

This strong, bushy shrub rose bears large, pale yellow blooms with a golden central eye and a slight fragrance. Grow it in a mixed or rose border, or in a large container.

H x S: 1.2m x 90cm.

Rosa 'Elina Dicjana'
Rosa ‘Elina’

Rosa ‘Gold Spice’

This bushy, deciduous floribunda rose bears clusters of double, golden-yellow flowers with a darker central eye, from late spring into autumn. Perfect for the front of a border or a large container.

H x S: 1m x 1m.

Rosa 'Gold Spice'
Rosa ‘Gold Spice’

Rosa ‘Mountbatten’

Rosa ‘Mountbatten’ is a reliable shrub rose, bearing large lemon-yellow flowers with a fruity perfume, in contrast with dark green, leathery foliage. It’s perfect for container-growing, but is also suitable for growing in the border.

H x S: 1.2m x 75cm.

Rosa 'Mountbatten'
Rosa ‘Mountbatten’

Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’

Voted Rose of the Year 2016, ‘Sunny Sky’ bears fragrant, honey-coloured blooms that mature to soft yellow from June to September. Grow it at the front of a sunny border or in a container.

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H x S: 1m x 60cm.

Rosa 'Sunny Sky'
Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’