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What is your favorite type of rose?

(Zone 7a)
There are a total of 126 votes:

Hybrid Teas
(15 votes, 11%)
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Climbers or Ramblers
(23 votes, 18%)
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OGR's or Species
(6 votes, 4%)
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(12 votes, 9%)
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(2 votes, 1%)
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English (aka Austin) Roses
(11 votes, 8%)
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(4 votes, 3%)
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Shrub Roses
(9 votes, 7%)
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More than one of the above or 'Other' (Please Tell us!)
(30 votes, 23%)
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I don't grow roses (why?)
(14 votes, 11%)
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Previous Polls

Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

I love OGR's, ramblers, Miniatures, Shrub Roses. I guess my problem is I love all different kinds of roses, but esp OGR and miniatures.

Pretoria, South Africa

I grow HT, Climbers/Ramblers, English and Shrub Roses. Love them all. Can't have too many roses...

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I chose OGRs and Species...they seem to do best in my climate, and I'm not a fussy gardener, so refuse to baby anything.
I do have some English roses and love the look of ramblers and climbers...I'm all about fragrance and tough plants.

Here's my Abraham Darby...one of my favorite Austin roses

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Madison, IL(Zone 6b)

I love all kinds of roses for different reasons. I like my climbers because they're dependable, hardy, & provide a huge splash of color. I like my species roses because of the unique foliage & hips. I like The Fairy for it's hardiness & ease to propogate. My hybrids for their color variety, availability, & fitting into small spaces. I like the landscape shrubs because they have such a long bloom season & are low maintenance. The supposedly easiest roses to grow; rugosas; looked good for about 2 years & died. They were my biggest disappointment. I believe that our city mosquito spray truck could have unintentionally did them in.

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

I like floribundas and David Austin roses. I like repeating blooms and I haven't tried growing DA's yet but I love how packed with petals they are. Always looking for short and non sprawling for my tiny space or containers.

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

I like climbers and ones with strong fragrance. I also like ones I don't have to baby and do fine with mimimal care.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

I love them all, I think

Oviedo, FL(Zone 9b)

I had great success with three mini roses from the stop and shop markdown rack last summer. They bloomed gangbusters over the season in containers. I am hoping they last through this weird winter and come back next spring. I don't have a lot of soil for big roses and my hilltop is kinda windy for them also. but I love em all!

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

gorgeous roses, melody,

Abraham Darby is a favorite of mine, too. The flowers have beautiful form, and the color is so intriguing.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

I love OGR and species roses, especially ramblers or climbers. And one all-time favorite red hybrid tea, Ingrid Bergman.

Alba Semi-plena in picture (1629 or earlier)

This message was edited Feb 23, 2012 5:41 AM

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Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

I'm not overly fond of roses. Perhaps its my climate, but I find them to be a very needy plant, much more trouble than they are worth (to me). I have a small smattering of various types and have had the best luck with resistant florabundas so checked that box. I admire those who can grow healthy roses; I'm just not one of them. That said, here's one of my favorites, Chicago Peace, which I threaten to rip out every year... until it blooms, then all is forgiven.

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Oviedo, FL(Zone 9b)

The Rose Garden at the RBG in Hamilton, Ontario is a really great place. They have all kinds of roses bred for the great northern climate. We were there in June the time we went and it was a fabulous display. So too the roses at the Jardin Botanique in Montreal. There are interesting rose gardens all around the Northeast area. I would check out the roses in the ones closest to where you live on the theory that if it grows for them, it could grow for you. Norfolk Botanic Garden, NY Botanic Garden and the US Botanic Garden all have great rose displays. the one in Norfolk is really huge. There are others. Check them out this summer.

Alexandria, IN(Zone 6a)

I like the climbers because they are hardy!

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

I pretty much only have rugosas in the ground; they will return. I agree that for us they are more trouble than they are worth. I envy those who can grow them down south. They are so lovely and smell wonderful

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

Sooo... what is an OGR? Ogre rose? Old grumpy rose?

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

ROTF. Interesting choices.

OGR = Old Garden Rose. I had to look it up myself.

Oviedo, FL(Zone 9b)

Due to the lack of success in my own garden, I freely go out and enjoy other people's roses. Sniff them as if they were my own! I love roses, I just don't have the set up to grow them successfully. Hence the botanic gardens.

Salem, OR(Zone 8b)

Austins all the way, woot, woot! Last year I put in 30-35 of them. I like that they were bred for disease resistance in England, which has a similar climate to Oregon. So I hope they thrive for many years for me. I also love my pink knockout roses---not sure what category they fall in. I think my pic is of Graham Thomas, but not 100% certain since I didn't label it.

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Salem, OR(Zone 8b)

'Crown Princess Margareta' in a mixed bouquet.

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Madison, AL(Zone 7b)

They are pretty, but my heart is given to daylilies. I enjoy those that others grow, especially when they end up in my house . [grin]

Edited to say that if my daughter had voted she probably would have said miniatures. They are cute!

This message was edited Feb 22, 2012 1:11 PM

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Hmmm....favorite daylily form might be a good question for the voting booth!

Don't answer on this thread...I'll make a new question and we can play daylilies in a week or two!

Conway, SC

I Love Floribundas!- All the beautiful repeated blooms. I have 75
Floribundas in my yard. Gotta Love Them!!

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Wow 75 Floribundas!

Do you have any pictures you'd like to share???

College Station, TX(Zone 8b)

Oh my! How could you not love ALL roses????

I grow mostly OGR, but I picked the 'More than one' because I do have a few hybrids that I love and because OGR's come in every form: miniatures, shrubs, climbers and so on. They are SO much hardier than most hybrid species and are generally easy to root from cuttings, i.e. FREE! They also tend to have better fragrance and most of them actually HAVE a fragrance.

The hybrid roses I have are also hardy and can grow on their own roots: Peace, Chrysler Imperial, Mr Lincoln to name a few.

Millbury, MA(Zone 5a)

I chose "I don't grow roses". I simply don't have the time (nor the inclination) to fuss with plants that need all kinds of coddling. We also have a very shady yard, so it's near impossible to find a spot where one of these would grow. My mother had a rose that one of my brothers gave her, but it gave up the ghost after about 3 years and never had more than two flowers anyway.

My favorite rose is the wild one that used to grow near the seashore. Roses that don't have any fragrance might as well be plastic as far as I'm concerned.

Grand Saline, TX(Zone 7b)

I love them, just some more then others!
Voted climber as favorite!

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Salem, OR(Zone 8b)

Beautiful pics, Cocoa.....what variety are the climbers in your pics?

Grand Saline, TX(Zone 7b)

Sorry, that would help, huh.lol
First pic...Bantry Bay a climbing floribunda from Vintage Gardens
Second...Peggy Martin and cl. New Dawn in background from Chamblee's
Third, white rose...I've lost the tag :0( but it's a tea rose from Vintage Gardens

Salem, OR(Zone 8b)

Thanks, Cocoa. I have a New Dawn---looking forward to it blooming this year.

Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

I love the knockout roses.

rhinelander, WI(Zone 4a)

ogr and shrubs are hardy enough for colder climates

Croydon, Australia(Zone 9a)

I proffer roses in some one else's garden, i dont want those thorns in my garden as i have enough as it is with Solanaceae members ie: Solanum

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