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 We stock only the highest quality roses from the best growers.

Rose Types

There are many kinds of roses, each suited to individual preferences, needs and growing requirements.

Review the primary types of roses to determine the right fit for your garden.

Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid Tea Roses are a Cultivar Group of roses, created by cross-breeding two different types of roses.  There are many types of hybrid teas to choose from.

Hybrid Teas Roses are tall, elegant plants producing the classic long-stem rose. They bloom on upright, rather narrow plants, and flowers in flushes of every six weeks or so. They are the cut roses that florists sell and the ones found in the majority of bouquets and arrangements.

The bushes are 3 to 6 feet high, require a space of about 3 feet

Some are more fragrant than others, and some are more disease resistant than other hybrids.


These are tall and vigorous plants that produce flowers singly or in clusters and bloom repeatedly during the season. They are a combination of Floribundas and Teas although a little larger and wider in growth and with a mixture of single bloom stems and cluster bloom stems.

Drift Rose

Shrub roses with clusters of flowes with continuous blooms.  They are a similar shape to the Hybrid Teas although they may grow a little taller. The difference is that the blooms grow in clusters and therefore tend to be a little smaller than the Teas.  The growth habit is bushy and full. Floribunda roses are usually hardier than hybrid teas.

Floribunda roses are ideal for borders or containers. With a cluster of flowers topping each stem, Floridbunda roses provide an almost constant show of color, and bloom more freely than hybrid teas and grandifloras.

Climbing Roses

A mixed group of roses with long arching canes that can be trained on a support such as arbors, trellises, fences, and walls. Some are repeat-flowering, some are not.

Climbing roses are one of our customers' favorite types of roses. They add grace & nostalgia to any garden. From the classic tea rose to the charming country garden blossom, use them on walls & fences, pillar & post, trellis or entrance way. An added bonus is that they require very little pruning. Almost all are repeat bloomers unless noted.

These are large plants that will grow to 20 feet and require something to grow on. Vertical space is a must. Some have large flowers and most repeat. They come in all colors with some having singular blooms and others having clusters. 'Jacobs Coat' actually changes through three different colors as it matures!

Miniature Roses

Miniature roses pack a punch of color in a small space. These compact bushes are around 2’ tall with clusters of small, 1-2” lightly scented blossoms. Perfect for small gardens, patio and containers

Shrub Roses

This is a large group of various classes, that vary widely in height and habit.  English roses and/or David Austin roses come into this group. These are bushy and hardy and have a more fancy, almost fluffy, bloom. They are fairly easy to grow and are freely available. Varieties include Dortmund, Sally Holmes, Pearl Meidiland and Knock out.

Tree Roses 

Tree roses are not actually a class of rose but rather a way of growing them. A bush or climbing rose is simply grafted onto a straight trunk, giving the desired treelike appearance.

Tree roses are used as specimen plants, placed strategically where they will be shown off to best advantage. Smaller ones are often used as container plants.

Tree roses are measured by the trunk, not the overall height. A 36" tree rose is actually about 4 to 5 feet tall. A guide to follow is to add 2 feet plus the trunk height to know about what you are buying. Miniature roses are usually grafted onto trunks only 1 to 2 feet high. Floribundas, hybrid teas, and grandifloras are grown on stock about 3 or 4 feet tall.