10 Beautiful New Roses to Grow for 2018

Spring ahead with a sneak peek at next year's lovely roses.

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Photo By: Star Roses and Plants

Photo By: Star Roses and Plants

Photo By: David Austin Roses

Photo By: Star Roses and Plants

Rose 'At Last'

Don’t be surprised if rose catalogs show up in your mailbox before holiday cards. Order soon, and the bare root plants will ship at the right planting time for your area. We're giving you a sneak peek of ten new varieties, but if the rose you want isn't online yet, check the seller's website for updates in January. You'll also find lots of new roses in garden centers early next year.

Combine a fragrant hybrid tea with a disease-resistant landscape rose, and you’ve got ‘At Last,’ a 2018 introduction from Proven Winners. The vigorous shrubs have a rounded growth habit and produce big, sunset-orange flowers almost non-stop until frost. Hardy in zones 5-9, the easy-care plants don’t need spraying. Prune them back by about one-third of their height each year in early spring.

Floribunda Rose 'Plum Perfect'

Short on garden space? Need a pop of bright color? Try ‘Plum Perfect,’ a compact floribunda that bears clusters of plum-colored flowers throughout the summer. The double, ruffled blooms measure just under 3 inches long, and they’re backed by shiny, dark green foliage. The plants grow to 3 feet high, tolerate heat and humidity and are hardy in zones 5-9.

English Rose 'Imogen'

‘Imogen,’ a shrub rose from English breeder David Austin, has a button eye like the ones in old roses (a class of roses grown before hybrid teas appeared around 1867). Its lemon-yellow buds open to frilly flowers that gradually become cream-colored. Michael Marriott, an Austin rose expert, recommends growing it alongside soft blue and lilac-colored perennials. This sweet rose smells like a mixture of fresh apples and almonds with a dash of musk and cloves. Grow it in zones 5-9 and expect flowers from early summer until frost.

Rose Oso Easy 'Hot Paprika'

Spice up your landscape with Oso Easy 'Hot Paprika', an update of an older groundcover rose, Oso Easy 'Paprika'. This new variety bears continuously from summer to fall, with vivid orange blooms on plants that reach one to two feet tall. The low-growing shrubs are disease resistant and very cold tolerant, growing even in zone 3. Don’t worry about deadheading the faded flowers; just cut the plants back by half their height each year in early spring. They're great in containers, borders and beds or as edging plants.

Hybrid Tea Rose 'Savannah'

'Savannah,' a hybrid tea rose, should take a bow. This variety was named Best Hybrid Tea, Most Fragrant Rose and Most Outstanding Rose at the 2015 Biltmore International Rose Trials. It's able to withstand the heat and humidity in Southern gardens and is especially resistant to black spot and mildew. The vigorous shrubs grow to 4 feet in zones 5-9, producing glossy green leaves and lots of fragrant, salmon-pink blooms in the summer.

English Rose 'Roald Dahl'

Bred to flower repeatedly, whether it’s grown in a hot, humid climate or a hot, dry one, 'Roald Dahl' has peach-colored, cup-shaped blooms. This English musk hybrid has a tea rose scent with notes of blackberries, blueberries and plums. Use this variety, which has very few thorns, in containers or garden beds in USDA zones 5-9.

Rose 'Sweet Mademoiselle'

When the temperatures change, so do the colors of 'Sweet Mademoiselle’. In hot weather, the flowers are light apricot; when it’s cooler, they turn peachy-pink to deep pink. The full, double blooms are sweetly scented, held on 5-foot shrubs with dark green foliage. This hybrid tea blooms from summer to fall.

Floribunda Rose Eyeconic 'Mango Lemonade'

Eye-catching 'Mango Lemonade' is beautiful and unusual. It’s also the newest variety in Star Roses and Plants’ Eyeconic series, a collection of Hulthemia roses that have been hybridized to bloom repeatedly and need little pruning. The flowers are apricot-orange and pink, with bold, red centers. Use the compact, rounded plants in small spaces; they grow about 2½ feet wide by 3 feet high and bear lightly-scented blooms. This variety is recommended for Western gardens.

English Rose 'Bathsheba'

Many modern rose varieties lost their perfumes as breeders worked to develop other traits. 'Bathsheba,' a repeat bloomer from David Austin Roses, has the rich scent of honey and myrrh. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9, this climber can grow to 10 feet and produces big, densely petaled blooms that are apricot-pink on top and soft yellow below. An outer ring of pale petals gives them a “halo” effect. ‘Bathsheba’ is one of five David Austin roses the company recommends planting for fragrance.

Rose 'Moonlight Romantica'

Roses in the Romantica series, from Star Roses & Plants, have old-fashioned flower forms but new and improved resistance to diseases. ‘Moonlight Romantica,’ the newest rose in the line, is very fragrant, with large, light yellow flowers bathed in soft white. The bushy, vigorous plants grow to 6 feet in zones 6-9. This is a lovely variety for a cutting garden.

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