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Best Roses for the Pacific Northwest

One of the most frequent questions we get asked, is “what roses would you recommend for our area?”  With so many thousands of roses on the market, narrowing the selection can be a daunting task.  To provide some guidance, we have compiled a list of the Top 100 roses recommended for Pacific NW gardens.

While nearly every rose in our catalog will grow well west of the Cascades, we sought out those varieties that are “tried and true.”  Our list is a compilation of more than a dozen sources aimed at our specific growing region.  It includes recommendations from the Portland Rose Society, AARS Winners, Jackson and Perkins, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and online research.  We also used observations from our 3+ acres of display gardens and top sellers to complete the list.

Keep in mind, there are some wonderful roses out there that didn’t make the cut, so don’t be afraid to go off the list!  (To give you some idea, we selected only the most popular from a list of over 900 varieties of roses suggested for our area).  Generally, you will have good success with any of the following:  Albas, Rugosas, Species, Hybrid Musks, Kordesii varieties, David Austin English roses, Griffith Buck hardy roses, and Meidiland shrub roses.  In addition, roses out of Heirloom’s hybridizing program have been specifically bred for improved disease resistance and fragrance. 

Bonica Rose

Nearly everyone lists Bonica as one of the top choices for Pacific NW gardens.  This beautiful, medium pink rose offers disease resistance and continual bloom on a well-rounded, arching shrub.

Most Recommended Roses for
Pacific Northwest Gardens

  • Abraham Darby (Shrub/English)
  • All That Jazz (Shrub)
  • Altissimo (Climber)
  • Amber Queen (Floribunda)
  • America (Climber)
  • Angel Face (Floribunda)
  • Ballerina (Hybrid Musk)
  • Betty Prior (Floribunda)
  • Blanc Doublet de Coubert (Rugosa)
  • Bonica (Shrub)
  • Buff Beauty (Hybrid Musk)
  • Carefree Beauty (Shrub)
  • Carefree Delight (Shrub)
  • Carefree Wonder (Shrub)
  • Cécile Brunner (Polyantha)
  • Charles Albanel (Hybrid Rugosa)
  • Cinderella (Miniature)
  • Class Act (Floribunda)
  • Cl. Everblooming Cécile Brunner
  • Cl. Iceberg (Climber)
  • Constance Spry (Shrub)
  • Dainty Bess (Hybrid Tea)
  • Dortmund (Hybrid Kordesii)
  • Double Delight (Hybrid Tea)
  • Dublin Bay (Climber)
  • Elina (Hybrid Tea)
  • Europeana (Floribunda)
  • Eyepaint (Floribunda)
  • First Prize (Hybrid Tea)
  • Fragrant Cloud (Hybrid Tea)
  • Fragrant Masterpiece (Shrub)
  • Frau Dagmar Hastrup (Hybrid Rugosa)
  • French Lace (Floribunda)
  • Gertrude Jekyll (Shrub/English)
  • Gold Medal (Grandiflora)
  • Golden Showers (Climbers)
  • Golden Wings (Shrub)
  • Good Ol' Summertime (Shrub)
  • Graham Thomas (Shrub/English)
  • Handel (Climber)
  • Hansa (Hybrid Rugosa)
  • Heritage (Shrub/English)
  • Honor (Hybrid Tea)
  • Iceberg (Floribunda)
  • Jean Kenneally (Miniature)
  • Jeanne Lajoie (Climbing Miniature)
  • John Cabot (Hybrid Kordesii)
  • Joseph's Coat (Climber)
  • Just Joey (Hybrid Tea)
  • Kateryna (Shrub)
  • Knock Out (Shrub)
  • Livin' Easy (Floribunda)
  • Louise Clements (Shrub)
  • Love (Grandiflora)
  • Madame Hardy (Damask)
  • Mary Rose (Shrub/English)
  • Minnie Pearl (Miniature)
  • Mister Lincoln (Hybrid Tea)
  • Morden Blush (Shrub)
  • Morning Has Broken (Shrub)
  • Mutabilis (China)
  • New Dawn (Climber)
  • Olympiad (Hybrid Tea)
  • Paradise (Hybrid Tea)
  • Pascali (Hybrid Tea)
  • Peace (Hybrid Tea)
  • Penelope (Hybrid Musk)
  • Playboy (Floribunda)
  • Portlandia (Shrub)
  • Pristine (Hybrid Tea)
  • Queen Elizabeth (Grandiflora)
  • Rise 'n' Shine (Miniature)
  • R. gallica officinalis (Apothecary Rose)
  • R. gallica 'Versicolor' (Rosa Mundi)
  • R. glauca (Species)
  • R. rugosa varieties (Beach Rose)
  • Robert Clements (Shrub)
  • Rose de Rescht (Damask)
  • Roseraie de l'Haÿ (Hybrid Rugosa)
  • Royal Sunset (Climber)
  • Sally Holmes (Hybrid Musk)
  • Sexy Rexy (Floribunda)
  • Sheer Bliss (Hybrid Tea)
  • Showbiz (Floribunda)
  • Sombreuil (Climber)
  • Stanwell Perpetual (Spinosissima)
  • Star of the Nile (Shrub)
  • Starina (Miniature)
  • Sun Flare (Floribunda)
  • Sunsprite (Floribunda)
  • The Fairy (Polyantha)
  • The Impressionist (Climber)
  • The Magician (Climber)
  • The Poet (Shrub)
  • Thérse Bugnet (Hybrid Rugosa)
  • Tiffany (Hybrid Tea)
  • Touch of Class (Hybrid Tea)
  • Tournament of Roses (Grandiflora)
  • William Baffin (Hybrid Kordesii)
  • Zépherine Drouhin (Climber/Bourbon)

Iceberg Rose

Sexy Rexy Rose

Some of the roses commonly recommended for our area include (from top to bottom):  Iceberg, Sexy Rexy, Fragrant Cloud, and Graham Thomas.

Fragrant Cloud Rose

Graham Rose Rose

Queen Elizabeth Rose

Queen Elizabeth
(Grandiflora)

Just Joey (Hybrid Tea)

Just Joey
(Hybrid Tea)

Cl. Everblooming Cécile Brunner (Polyantha)

Cl. Everblooming Cécile Brunner
(Polyantha)

Peace (Hybrid Tea)

Peace
(Hybrid Tea)