How do you plant a rose bush? How do you grow roses? Our Rose Plant Guide will get your started—with advice on how to take care of roses and prune roses. We also share our recommendations on the best types of roses to grow, specifically easy-to-grow roses for beginners.
Rose bushes come in a variety of forms, from climbing roses to miniature rose plants, blooming mainly in early summer and fall. One way to group roses into classes is according to their date of introduction:
- Old roses—also called “old-fashioned roses” and “heirloom roses”—are those introduced prior to 1867. These are the lush, invariably fragrant roses found in old masters’ paintings. There are hundreds of old rose varieties—whose hardiness varies—providing choices for both warm and mild climates.
- Modern hybrid roses are sturdy, long-blooming, extremely hardy and disease-resistant, and bred for color, shape, size, and fragrance.
- Species, or wild roses, are those that have been growing wild for many thousands of years. These wild roses have been adapted to modern gardens and usually bloom in the spring.
Choosing from all the possibilities can be a daunting task. Take your time and wander through nurseries and page through mail-order catalogs and websites.