What types of roses are there?

Hybrid Tea Roses

The most popular type, available in both bush and standard form. The flower stems are long and the blooms are shapely. The typical Hybrid Tea bears blooms which are medium-sized or large, with many petals forming a distinct central cone. The blooms are borne singly or with several side buds. Height is usually 1.5m to 2.0m, and up to 1.5m width. 

Floribunda Roses

The Floribunda bears its flowers in clusters or trusses, and several blooms open at one time in each truss. They are unrivalled for providing a colourful, reliable and long-lasting bedding display of small to medium size blooms. Height is usually 1m to 2m, and up to 1m width.

Miniflora Roses

Miniflora roses are the smallest of the roses with flowers that are usually less than 5cm across. Generally the bushes grow to no more than 50 cm in height. They are suitable for edges and as pot plants. Miniflora roses generally have blooms and foliage larger than Miniature roses and smaller than Floribunda roses. 

Shrub Roses

Large bushes, often tall and spreading with many branching canes of a lax arching habit. The modern shrub roses are ideal to fill areas of the garden with colourful and healthy roses that bloom freely all season.  

Standard Roses

Hybrid Tea, Floribundas, Shrubs or Miniatures are budded onto a single stem of a standard height, that is, 75cm to 90cm tall. The rose grows to its usual height as a bush on top of the stem. Gives height to a garden and allows under-planting.

Weeping Standards

Budded onto 1.5m to 1.8m tall stems, flowering canes are long and pliable, cascading downwards towards the ground. They are best grown as specimen plants. 

Climbing, Rambling and Pillar Roses

These roses produce long climbing canes which are supported on a frame as a screening plant, on a single post as a pillar, or over an arch. They are of various sizes to suit wide uses in a garden. Ramblers with long pliable stems, bearing large trusses of small flowers are usually only spring or summer flowering. Most climbers repeat their flowers from spring to late autumn.

Ground Covers

Low spreading plants to 50cm in height with small flowers in profusion. 

Old Garden, Species and Heritage Roses

These roses include a wide collection of historic and very old rose types, usually only spring flowering but very beautiful. Species are the original old roses, which often have decorative seedpods known as hips.