Rose Varieties

It can often be confusing to pick out a rose because of all the names and different varieties that are available. Here is a brief guide to the most common varieties of rose. We carry many of these varieties at Branches Garden Center and we pride ourselves high quality of our roses. If you have further questions regarding which rose is best for you, stop in and talk with one of our knowledgeable staff members. Or you may email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

HYBRID TEA: Long-stemmed flowers that are high-centered. There is usually one flower per stem. They bloom on upright, rather narrow plants that flower in flushes every six weeks or so. This is the classic rose for cut flowers.

FLORIBUNDA: Full / bushy growth habit with clusters of flowers. With proper care they will continuously bloom throughout the season. Floribunda roses are usually hardier than hybrid teas. 

GRANDIFLORA: These are tall and vigorous plants that produce flowers singly or in clusters. They are very similar to hybrid teas, except for their size. 

SHRUBS: A garden rose that offers color, form and fragrance but is also low maintenance and easy to care for. Most shrub or landscape roses have a low growth habit and flower repeatedly. 

ENGLISH / DAVID AUSTIN: A relatively new group of roses that feature blooms with old-fashioned shapes and fragrances but with modern repeat-blooming characteristics and a large color range. 

MINIATURES ROSES: These are scaled down versions of the larger Modern Garden Roses, ranging in height from 6 inches to 2 feet tall. Their flowers and leaves are proportionally diminutive. 

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

RUGOSA: A large rose that works well as a thicket. Large rose-hips. 

GROUNDCOVER: Short, spreading habit. They are robust, hardworking plants that require very little care.