Roses by Class
Select Roses offers a wide array of roses in every class. These photo galleries show just a small selection of our favourites, so please visit the nursery or contact us if you are looking for a rose that is not listed! Please also note that a rose's mature size varies a tremendous amount due to soils, care and climate. We have noted plant sizes as guidelines only.
These are just a sample of the hundreds of varieties we carry at Select Roses. Visit us to see more! Click on the thumbnails to view larger images...
Miniature and patio roses are versatile garden plants that have all the qualities of large roses, reduced to smaller proportions. Despite their delicate appearance, they actually withstand cold temperatures better than most large roses. They can be grown in any climate across Canada with appropriate winter protection in colder regions. With the vast selection available, one can find a mini rose to suit almost any situation. If a miniature rose is on the large size, it's referred to as a "patio rose" or "Mini-flora". None of that really matters - just find some colours you like and enjoy these gems of the rose family.
Our miniature roses are all grown on their own roots. When you visit the nursery, you can choose from a vast selection of plants in pot sizes ranging from six-inch and one-gallon to larger decorative patio pots. They usually bloom from the end of April on. The quality of plant that we sell from the farm is considered by many to be the highest in the industry.
Shrub and landscape roses are the most versatile and under-appreciated roses around. Many types of roses fall under the umbrella of "shrub" rose and the class can be further divided into ground covers, upright shrubs, and English roses. In a nutshell, shrub roses come in just about any colour, flower type and growth habit you could ask for. Most are incredibly winter hardy and are well suited for general garden landscape use. Use them as bright spots of colour in your mixed garden beds, tumble them over rock walls or build a nice solid hedge that gives you the bonus of year long colour. If you visit the great gardens of Europe, you will notice that shrub roses are what make them! They are real work horses--blooming machines that provide so much colour for very little effort. Remember that they are planted for their overall beauty when in flush, not for the individual flower. This is why a tiny nursery tag for a shrub rose, showing just a close-up flower shot, may not seem as "pretty" as others. But plant a shrub rose and you will be hooked forever! Note: There are countless outstanding shrub roses on the market, from the wonderful Vigorosa line to older classics.
Hybrid Tea roses are the most beloved class of modern roses, and are the ones that mesmerize us with their long-stemmed blooms. Typical teas carry one large bloom per stem, but many varieties will also have multiple side buds. They make outstanding cut flowers, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Our selection includes many fragrant varieties as well as highly rated garden roses. Kordes Roses describe them best:
Hybrid teas make you think of blood red roses, love, heart beats... Hybrid teas are precious, they are pure emotions. They show a similar shape, but are nevertheless different. Their expressiveness varies from the childlike day-dreamer to passionate laughter, from the secret charmer to tempting seducer..."
This is just a sample of the hundreds of varieties we carry at Select Roses. Visit us to see more! Click on the thumbnails to view larger images...
This is one of the most useful groups of roses. Floribunda roses come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They flower freely all summer, make excellent landscape plants, and give you armloads of roses to cut! Many have wonderful perfumes. The typical plant is bushy, grows to about 3 feet, and has large clusters of roses on strong stems. Floribundas that tend to grow taller are often called Grandifloras, but the distinction is not important so they combined with his group. They are superb in large containers, hedges, mixed gardens or mass planting. Their tidy plant habit makes them the rose of choice for many of today’s gardeners.
We have a superb selection of climbing roses ranging in size from the miniature climbers to the massive 50-foot tree climbers. Climbing roses come in a variety of shapes and plant habits just like other roses. Most of the new varieties are repeat or ever-blooming, while some of the finest older rambling roses bloom in one massive show early in the summer. Climbing roses have, for centuries, been cherished as the most beautiful and charming plants in the garden. Our miniature climbing roses are well suited for balcony and container gardens. The actual size of the climber is very dependent on growing and soil conditions. They can easily vary by 2 to 5 feet in different locations. It takes two or three growing season for a climber to mature into its majestic form.
W. Kordes' Söhne is a 120 year old German house of roses. Many of the most famous cut and garden varieties have been created in Kordes' facilities. They were visionary in rose breeding and stopped spraying their test garden roses almost twenty years ago. The Fairy Tale roses are one result of this vision. They are easy to grow, healthy, and extensively tested throughout Europe, the UK, and USA. All are multi-award winning roses.
The Vigorosa collection carries the same disease resistance, and are bulletproof and extremely useful landscape roses. I have put these roses through the harshest tests locally: hard compacted clay soil, winter floods, summer drought, no spraying and no feeding, and they perform to perfection! Our city gardens and streets would benefit from these beauties. Anyone who still thinks roses are fussy has not tried these.
Developed in England by David Austin, this group of roses resembles the old-fashioned type but have some characteristics of modern roses. Most repeat bloom and many have unusual rose perfumes. They are shrubbier in habit when compared to hybrid tea roses. Some of the larger growers make breathtaking climbers for small fences or pillars. They come in an endless supply of colours and flower shapes. Many are winter hardy and well suited for our coastal climate. Most can be pruned lower or allowed to grow into larger shrubs. If you try one, you will definitely be back for another!