14 Foolproof Roses: Easy Rose Varieties Anyone Can Grow

Add simple elegance to your garden with these easy rose varieties. Here are 14 fabulous (and foolproof) roses absolutely anyone can grow.

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Roses are hardy plants and most aren’t difficult to grow, but some roses are fussier than others. In general, newer roses are often the best roses for beginners because they’ve been bred to require less care with a higher level of disease-resistance. Older roses are gorgeous, but they may not be the best choice if you’re seeking low-maintenance roses. Keep reading for a few spectacularly easy roses to add to the garden.

What are the Easiest Roses to Grow?

Below are some foolproof roses nearly anyone can grow in the garden:

1. Sally Holmes – This climbing rose produces creamy white blooms that are blushed with pink. Averaging about 8-10 feet (3 m.), this easy-care rose is hardy in zones 6-9.

2. Little Mischief – This is a beautiful shrub rose with deep pink blooms having a white eye, fading to hot pink. Reaching only 24 inches (61 cm.) at maturity, it is great not only for beginner gardeners but those having little space. This little beauty is perfect for containers too and hardy in zones 4-9.

3. Flower Carpet Pink – A fairly low-growing ground cover rose reaching heights around 24-32 inches (61-81 cm.) with bright pink blooms, you’ll find this hardy plant suitable for growing in zones 5-10.

4. Roald Dahl – This new English rose was named in Roald Dahl's honor and produces gorgeous peach-colored blooms. It’s a shrub rose that reaches 4 feet (1 m.) tall and thrives in zones 5-9.

5. Bathsheba – Another climber suitable to zones 5-9, this lovely rose plant needs lots of room in the garden, climbing up to 10 feet (2-3 m.) in height. It produces copious blooms of apricot-pink and soft yellow.

6. Cinco de Mayo – Get ready to celebrate with this spectacular Floribunda beauty! This shrub rose grows to around 4 feet (1 m.) with rusty reddish-orange blooms. The plant is hardy in zones 7-9.

7. Double Delight – Rose blooms are always lovely but double flowers are even better. This hybrid tea variety produces double creamy white blooms blushed with rosy red. The bush gets anywhere from 3-4 feet (1 m.) and is hardy in zones 6-9.

8. Ebb Tide – Another Floribunda rose known for its ease of care, the Ebb Tide produces blooms that are a deep plum-purple. It’s hardy in zones 6-9 and can get quite large at 6-9 feet (2 m.).

9. Red Eden – The red flowers of this 7- to 10-foot (2-3 m.) climber is sure to capture the attention of anyone nearby, especially pollinators. Suitable for zones 6-9.

10. Scentimental – The name says it all… you’ll quickly become sentimental about this beautiful Floribunda rose. It produces fragrant creamy white blooms splashed with burgundy. Gardeners in zones 5-9 can enjoy this 3- to 4-foot (1 m.) plant.

11. Double Knock-OutKnock Out roses are always a gardener’s favorite, known and loved for their beautiful blooms and low maintenance. This one goes one step further with exceptional double blooms of cherry red. Reaching an overall height of 4-foot (1 m.), it’s a good choice for warmer regions of zones 8-9.

12. The Fairy – Great for a fairy garden theme, this smaller shrub rose only reaches about 24 inches (61 cm.). It’s perfect for gardens in zones 5-9 and produces soft pink blooms.

13. Mellow Yellow – It may not be the drink of yesteryear but you’ll likely love it just as much. This soft yellow hybrid tea rose bush is a must-have in the garden, requiring little maintenance with lots of eye-popping appeal. Nearing around 4 feet (1 m.) tall, it is suitable for growing in zones 7-9.

14. Oh My! – Oh my is right when you add this low-maintenance hybrid tea rose to your garden. Featuring velvety red blooms and reaching 4 feet (1 m.), it will certainly take center stage. This one is hardy to zones 6-9.

Mary H. Dyer

A Credentialed Garden Writer, Mary H. Dyer was with Gardening Know How in the very beginning, publishing articles as early as 2007.