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Roses: They’re Not Your Grandmother’s Needy Garden Plants Anymore

Roses once had a reputation for being fussy, finicky garden plants reserved for true enthusiasts and those who had extra time on their hands. Not so anymore. Year after year, new and superior cultivars are released with captivating looks and easy-care dispositions. Here are 10 new introductions you'll want to consider for your yard.

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David Austin Rose Bathsheba

‘Bathsheba’ is a vigorous climbing rose with big, beautiful apricot-colored flowers from early summer until frost. The densely packed flowers are apricot-pink on the upper side and soft yellow on the underside, providing a charming halo-effect as they catch the sun. This fragrant introduction has a strong scent of myrrh with hints of honey and tea. ‘Bathsheba’ grows to 10 feet in height and is hardy in Zones 5 to 9.

Photo: Courtesy of David Austin Roses

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David Austin Rose Imogen

‘Imogen’ is a fresh-faced beauty with a classic button eye. The soft lemon yellow flowers are exceedingly pretty. The blooms begin as pointed buds that become more rounded as they open. ‘Imogen’ is an extremely floriferous rose that begins to bloom in early summer and repeat blooms until frost. Flowers have a light fragrance with hints of apple and almond blossoms. ‘Imogen’ grows 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide and is hardy in Zones 5 to 9.

Photo: Courtesy of David Austin Roses

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David Austin Rose Roald Dahl

‘Roald Dahl’ is considered a breakthrough rose with impressive levels of quick repeat bloom and disease-resistance. Initial trials suggest that it should thrive in a wide range of different U.S. and Canadian growing conditions, including hot/humid and hot/dry conditions. ‘Roald Dahl’ blooms from late spring until well into autumn. The peach flowers feature the heady fragrance and intricate flower form found in the Old Roses so loved by David Austin. Upright plants feature a rounded shape and glossy, dark green leaves. ‘Roald Dahl’ grows 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide and is hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 9.

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Photo: Courtesy of David Austin Roses

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Brick House Rose

Brick House has an excellent strong, dark red flower color and reblooms throughout the season with a lot of flower power on each flush. Blooms are slightly fragrant. A new floribunda for 2018, Brick House has excellent disease resistance for the type and performs well on its own roots. It grows in a bushy shape up to 3-1/2 feet tall and is hardy in Zones 5 to 11.

Photo: Courtesy of Star Roses

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Peachy Knock Out Rose

Peachy Knock Out blooms from spring through late fall with stunning peachy pink flowers. The overall color effect is peach with the combination of pink petals that become yellow in the center. The color will be much more intense with the cooler temperature in the spring and fall. Plant habit is very uniform and rounded, reaching about 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Peachy Knock Out is exceptionally disease resistant and hardy in Zones 4 to 11.

Photo: Courtesy of Knock Out Roses

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White Knock Out Rose

White Knock Out redefines flower power. Its abundant, creamy white flowers contrast effectively with the dark green leaves, helping it stand out in the landscape. It blooms from spring through fall and has a light citrusy fragrance. White Knock Out is disease resistant and maintains a compact habit, reaching 3-1/2 feet tall and wide. It is hardy in Zones 4 to 10.

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Photo: Courtesy of Knock Out Roses

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First Editions Above and Beyond Rose

First Editions Above & Beyond rose is a cold-hardy climbing rose with apricot flowers that emerge in June and rebloom sporadically throughout the rest of the summer. The entire plant is absolutely covered in flowers when at early summer peak and is a huge bee magnet. In addition to working as a climber, it can work well as a freestanding upright shrub. Above & Beyond is one of the cold-hardiest roses, hardy in Zones 3 to 7 and said to show no tip dieback in Zone 4.

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Easy Elegance All the Rage Rose

Easy Elegance All the Rage rose is an everblooming rose with amazing apricot-colored blooms with yellow centers. From a coral flower bud through multi-colored blooms to the soft lipstick pink as the petals fall away, you get a range of color all season, especially with the plant reblooming constantly throughout the summer. It is an own-root rose with disease-resistant, glossy foliage. All the Rage reaches 3 to 5 feet tall and slightly narrower. It thrives in both cold and warm climates and is hardy in Zones 4 to 9.

Photo: Courtesy of Easy Elegance Roses

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Easy Elegance Kashmir Dark Red Rose

Easy Elegance Kashmir rose has an appearance similar to a hybrid tea rose, yet is an own-root shrub rose with incredible disease resistance and cold hardiness to survive in the landscape with almost no care needed. It remains compact and brings stunning dark-red color to the garden. The velvety red blossoms are as soft as cashmere and beg to be cut for the vase. With an evenly rounded habit, Kashmir fits perfectly into today’s urban landscapes. It grows 3 to 4 feet tall with a slightly narrower spread and is hardy in Zones 4 to 9.

Photo: Courtesy of Easy Elegance Roses

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Easy Elegance Screaming Neon Red Rose

Easy Elegance Screaming Neon Red rose was named Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials at the 2017 Biltmore International Rose Trials. It is hardy through Zone 9 and tolerates the heat well without disease. The color is a vibrant neon red and wave-like petals set against disease-resistant dark-green foliage. Like all Easy Elegance roses, it is own root, meaning that even if it dies back to the ground it will regrow as its named variety. Screaming Neon Red grows 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. It is hardy in Zones 4 to 9.

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Photo: Courtesy of Easy Elegance Roses

Luke Miller
Luke Miller is an award-winning garden editor with 25 years' experience in horticultural communications, including editing a national magazine and creating print and online gardening content for a national retailer. He grew up across the street from a park arboretum and has a lifelong passion for gardening in general and trees in particular. In addition to his journalism degree, he has studied horticulture and is a Master Gardener.

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