Favorite Ways to Garden with Roses

Roses are more versatile, hardy, and long-blooming than you may think. We carefully select varieties that will grow well in Vermont gardens. Learn about a few of our favorite ways to enjoy roses in the landscape . Visit the nursery to see (and smell!) them blooming.

Soft pink rosa palustris bloom and green foliage

Rain Gardens & Shrub Borders

Two recommended types for both shrub borders and rain gardens are the native roses we grow: Rosa palustris and Rosa virginiana. Rain gardens are a demanding site for many plants since soil conditions can vary so much. These two are tough roses that can meet the challenge. Both are also appropriate for naturalizing and in shrub borders since they won't be outcompeted by others like lilac and viburnum.

Low growing and climbing pink rose varieties

Low-growing and climbing roses

Non-Invasive Barrier

Roses are a non-invasive alternative to barberry and can serve as effective barrier plantings. Rosa rugosa are popular since they are salt-tolerant and fairly pest-free. If you need height to your planting, include a climbing variety.

Peachy orange Hot Paprika rose
Cherry Pie red rose

Longest Blooming Landscape Roses

You'll see in our plant catalog that we refer to some varieties as landscape roses. These are tough, hardy varieties in incredible colors that have proven their versatility season after season. They include the Easy Elegance series, Knockout varieties, Oso Easy types, and the Explorer series. They bloom all season long and grow to be full, well-established plants. They're also excellent for slopes and a unique option for trailing over walls.

Red shrubleaf rose in perennial garden
Pink flowering low growing rose in perennial garden

Low-growing rose planted with perennials

Paired in Perennial Gardens

Roses can certainly be mixed into perennial plantings. In the sun display gardens at the nursery, you'll see redleaf shrub rose's contrasting taller height and dark foliage. We look forward to its pink, star-shaped flowers each season too.  'The Fairy' is a lovely low-growing rose for mixing in perennial gardens. Another favorite rose and perennial pairing is with baptisia since they bloom together.

Red rose hips on rosa rugosa

Home Use

Rosa rugosa have the largest rose hips that are popular to dry and use at home. If you're drying rose petals and buds, plant a mix of pink and dark-flowering types for a beautiful collection both in the garden and the pantry.

Pink flowering William Baffin rose planted next to purple baptisia

Climbing Rosa 'William Baffin' paired with baptisia

Trellising Tips

We've found varieties in the Explorer series to be the best for trellising, favorites include 'William Baffin' and 'Champlain'. Remember, roses need to be attached to trellises manually since they don't have a way of adhering like vines. You can weave canes through lattice or physically attach with clips or zip ties. There are also a few David Austin varieties with climbing habit.

Peach flowered Teasing Georgia David Austin rose
Dark pink flowered Zephirine Drouhin David Austin rose

Fragrant Cutting Gardens

If you're looking for a rose to be center stage in the garden, David Austin varieties are grown for this. They make gorgeous cuts and are some of the most fragrant varieties around. 'Zephirine Drouhin' and 'Teasing Georgia' are divine.