Easy to Grow Roses

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Easy to Grow Roses

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Quick Answer: Easy-to-grow roses are ideal for both novice and experienced gardeners, offering beauty with less fuss. Varieties like the Knock Out® series are renowned for their disease resistance and continuous blooming, requiring minimal care. Similarly, the Drift® series offers compact, low-maintenance roses that are perfect for small gardens and containers. These roses typically need basic care, such as regular watering, occasional fertilizing, and simple pruning to remove dead or damaged wood. By choosing these hardier varieties, gardeners can enjoy the classic elegance of roses without the extensive maintenance often associated with more delicate types.


The easiest roses to grow are disease-resistant and produce abundant flowers throughout the summer and fall. The following selections meet these easy-to-grow criteria if you plant them in full sun and water them during dry spells. Plus, most top-performing roses don’t need to be deadheaded like other varieties to keep blooming.

All the Rage

A gorgeous rose, ‘All the Rage‘ is all about color. The buds start a charming shade of coral, then open to apricot-pink flowers with bright yellow centers. As the blooms age, they turn a lovely shade of pink and are one of the prettiest cut flowers you can grow. Even better, though, is the plant’s disease-resistant nature, everblooming habit, and glossy green foliage.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide
  • Zones: 4-9

Cinco de Mayo

The fragrant, double flowers of ‘Cinco de Mayo’ have a unique rusty red color with hints of smoky lavender. This award-winning, disease-resistant variety is one of the easiest roses to grow. It’s a floribunda type of rose that blooms all summer.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: 3-4 feet tall and 3 feet wide
  • Zones: 5-10

Flower Carpet Coral

Ideal for mass planting, ‘Flower Carpet Coral‘ is a beautiful, tough groundcover plant that produces masses of coral-colored blooms all summer and fall. Use these roses to line paths and driveways with ribbons of color and to stabilize slopes and banks.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide
  • Zones: 5-9

Flower Carpet Scarlet

Flower Carpet Scarlet‘ is a groundcover rose that displays flamboyant colors and produces bright scarlet-red blooms. It is an ideal plant for filling up the empty spaces in your landscape. This shrub rose has creeping and trailing habits that make it perfect for lining the edge of a sidewalk, border, or driveway. You can enjoy its colorful blooms throughout the summer and autumn season.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide
  • Zones: 5-9

Grandma’s Blessing

One of the most beautiful and easiest roses to grow, ‘Grandma’s Blessing‘ offers gorgeous dusty-pink blooms packed with a sweet fragrance. Boost your curb appeal with this shrub rose that blooms all summer with double flowers.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide
  • Zones: 4-9

Home Run

Bred from the ‘Knock Out‘ rose line, ‘Home Run’ offers single rich-red blooms from late spring to fall. Its exceptional bloom performance and disease resistance make this easy-to-grow shrub rose an ideal addition to the landscape. The beautiful blooms also offer a slight fragrance.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 4 feet tall
  • Zones: 4-10

Kiss Me

One of the most fragrant flowers for your garden, ‘Kiss Me‘, not only smells sweet, but it looks great, too, with its 4-inch pink flowers. Kiss Me is one of the easiest roses to grow and makes stunning flower bouquets. It has highly disease-resistant foliage, and it keeps blooming all summer.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide
  • Zones: 5-9

Knock Out

Perhaps the best-known rose, ‘Knock Out‘ bears long-lasting masses of cherry-red blooms that have a very light fragrance. Its foliage is dark purplish-green in summer and turns purple to burgundy in fall. This high-performing shrub rose is disease-resistant, blooms all season long, and can grow large with minimal pruning.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide
  • Zones: 5-9

Little Mischief

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Don’t let its name deceive you; the ‘Little Mischief‘ rose is one of the easiest roses to grow and a perfect resident for any sunny garden. It produces masses of magenta-pink flowers (that fade to lighter pink as they age) all season long. And this variety resists disease well.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 3 feet tall
  • Zones: 4-9

Mystic Fairy

An everblooming shrub rose, ‘Mystic Fairy‘ produces loads of red flowers over shiny, disease-resistant foliage that emerges a glossy red and then turns dark green. Include it in your front-yard rose garden plan. Its tidy habit makes it great for a low hedge, even in tough spots.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide
  • Zones: 4-9

Paint the Town

Incredibly disease-resistant and one of the easiest roses to grow, ‘Paint the Town‘ produces red hybrid tea-shaped blooms all season long. The flowers’ spreading-to-mounding habit makes it ideal for container gardening, border plantings, and groundcover for sunny spots.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide
  • Zones: 4-9

Peach Lemonade Rose

Aptly named ‘Peach Lemonade‘ is a shrub rose with stunning, color-changing blooms. At first, its flowers are a vibrant yellow; then they shift to a gorgeous blush pink. This color change is gradual, so you’ll likely see some yellow, some pink, and a few multicolored flowers all at the same time as the plant continues blooming from early summer through late fall. This self-cleaning variety doesn’t need deadheading.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide
  • Zones: 4-9

Rainbow Knock Out

An easy-to-grow rose perfect for any sunny landscape spot, the ‘Rainbow Knock Out‘ rose produces cute, coral-pink blooms all season long. Known for its ability to bloom with as little as three hours of direct sun per day, it has excellent disease resistance. And since it’s a self-cleaning plant, ‘Rainbow Knock Out’ does not require deadheading for extended bloom.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide
  • Zones: 5-9

Snowdrift

It’s tough to beat ‘Snowdrift‘ if you’re looking for an easy-growing, white-flowering rose that produces a crisp, classic garden look. This hardy, disease-resistant, hybrid rose selection produces double white blooms all season. Its gorgeous flowers are great for cutting and are often used in mixed borders and large containers.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide
  • Zones: 4-9

Sunrise Sunset

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Performing beautifully in just about every climate, ‘Sunrise Sunset‘ rose bears fuchsia-pink flowers that fade to apricot at the center. It blooms nonstop all season long and makes an excellent ground cover for a sunny garden bed. You’ll want to add this selection to your rose garden plans since it is also well suited to mass plantings.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide
  • Zones: 3-9

Super Hero

With a name like this, you’d expect it to be great. This ever-blooming ‘Super Hero’ rose has large, beautifully formed flowers. One of the easiest roses to grow, it’s a disease-resistant shrub. Grow it in your cutting garden or add it to your foundation garden plan.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide
  • Zones: 4-9

Sweet Fragrance

It’s hard not to fall for the luscious scent of ‘Sweet Fragrance‘. This disease-resistant grandiflora rose bears 4-inch double blossoms in tones of apricot, orange, and yellow all season long. You’ll want this flower to last as long as possible in your bouquets.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: To 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide
  • Zones: 5-9

Most Popular Flowers & Plants in the USA

RegionPopular FlowersPopular Plants
Northeast (e.g., New York, Massachusetts)Rose, Purple Lilac, Mountain LaurelSugar Maple, American Elm, White Pine
Southeast (e.g., Florida, Georgia)Orange Blossom, Cherokee Rose, Southern MagnoliaLive Oak, Spanish Moss, Saw Palmetto
Midwest (e.g., Ohio, Illinois)Carnation, Violet, Purple ConeflowerBur Oak, Prairie Grasses, Wild Bergamot
Southwest (e.g., Texas, Arizona)Bluebonnet, Saguaro Cactus Flower, Indian PaintbrushJoshua Tree, Agave, Mesquite
West (e.g., California, Washington)California Poppy, Coast Rhododendron, BitterrootGiant Sequoia, Redwood, Manzanita
Rocky Mountain (e.g., Colorado, Montana)Rocky Mountain Columbine, Bitterroot, Indian PaintbrushBlue Spruce, Aspen, Sagebrush
Great Plains (e.g., Kansas, Nebraska)Sunflower, Goldenrod, Purple ConeflowerCottonwood, Bluestem Grasses, Buffalo Grass
Pacific Northwest (e.g., Oregon, Alaska)Oregon Grape, Forget-me-not, Pacific RhododendronDouglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Ferns

This table includes the most popular flowers and plants in the USA by region, which considers a range of botanical species, including native and widely cultivated varieties.

Most Popular Flowers & Plants in Australia

RegionPopular FlowersPopular Plants
New South WalesWaratah, Bottlebrush, Flannel FlowerEucalyptus, Acacia, Banksia
VictoriaCommon Heath, Waxflower, Pink HeathMountain Ash, Silver Wattle, Victorian Blue Gum
QueenslandCooktown Orchid, Golden Penda, Umbrella Tree FlowerMoreton Bay Fig, Macadamia Nut, Queensland Bottle Tree
South AustraliaSturt's Desert Pea, Kangaroo Paw, Eucalyptus BlossomAdelaide Blue Gum, South Australian Blue Gum, Saltbush
Western AustraliaRed and Green Kangaroo Paw, Mangles Kangaroo Paw, Swan River DaisyJarrah, Marri, Karri
TasmaniaTasmanian Blue Gum, Leatherwood Flower, Tasmanian WaratahHuon Pine, Tasmanian Oak, Myrtle Beech
Northern TerritorySturt's Desert Rose, Frangipani, Desert RoseBoab, Gidgee, Spinifex
Australian Capital TerritoryRoyal Bluebell, Australian Daisy, CorreaSnow Gum, River Red Gum, Black Mountain

This table offers a basic overview of popular flowers and plants in each Australian region, focusing on a combination of state flowers, native species, and other characteristic plants. It's important to note that specific species' popularity and prevalence can vary. This table is a simplified representation. Consulting local botanical gardens or regional horticultural societies in Australia would be ideal for more detailed and accurate information.

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