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.
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 roses
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.
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.
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.
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.