Growing Roses In Florida

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Can I grow roses successfully in Florida?

Absolutely! Our members have successfully grown anywhere from 2 to 200 rose bushes in their gardens and can guide you with:

Planning and Designing:

  • Where to place the garden
  • Hours of sunlight
  • Access to water
  • Size
  • Shape

Preparing the Rose Bed

  • Raised Beds
  • Containers
  • Soil
  • Mulch

Choosing Rose Bushes

  • Which grow successfully in your zone
  • How many
  • Spacing
  • Root Stock
  • Classifications

Planting New Roses

  • How to plant potted roses
  • How to plant bare root roses
  • How to plant in the ground
  • How to plant in containers

Successfully Maintaining Your Rose Garden

  • Watering
  • Fertilizing
  • Pruning
  • Dead heading
  • Spray or No-Spray

Resource:  Growing Roses In Florida, UF/IFAS

Photos Of Members' Gardens

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Rose Classifications

The American Rose Society defines Old Garden Roses as: those types that existed prior to 1867. , the year of introduction of the very first hybrid tea, ‘La France’. Within this generic definition, a number of popular sub-divisions exist based on natural historical developments and characteristics.  The flower form can be quartered, cupped, imbricated or expanded, reflexed, globular or compact. After an initial spring crop of blooms, some varieties may produce no more flowers the rest of the year, but their hip production does add a different kind of beauty to the garden. The most popular classes are:”

Alba, Ayrshire, Bourbon & Climbing Bourbon, Boursalt, Centifolia, China & Climbing China, Damask, Eglanteria, Gallica, Hybrid Bractreata, Hybrid China & Climbing Hybrid China, Hybrid Foetida, Hybrid Multiflora, Hybrid Perpetual & Climbing Hybrid Perpetual, Hybrid Sempervirens, Hybrid Setigera, Hybrid Spinosissima, Miscellaneous OGRs, Moss & Climbing Moss, Noisette, Portland, Tea & Climbing Tea

Louis Philippe, China
Ring of Fire, Hybrid Tea

The American Rose Society defines Modern Roses as follows:  “The era of modern roses was established in1867 with the introduction of the first hybrid tea, ‘La France’, by the French breeder Guillot. This variety was considered unique for a number of important horticultural reasons. First, it possessed the general habit of a hybrid perpetual as well as the elegant shaped buds and free-flowering character of a tea rose. By the late 20th century, more than 10,000 hybrid teas had been bred with great success. The introduction of ‘La France’ heralded the era of modern roses. Breeders were quick to recognize that planned parenthood could evolve new flower forms, size, growth habit and colors. Therefore, the following new classifications based on growth habit evolved.” 



Floribunda & Climbing Floribunda, Grandiflora & Climbing Grandiflora, Hybrid Gigantea, Hybrid Moyesii, Hybrid Musk, Hybrid Rugosa, Hybrid Tea & Climbing Hybrid Tea, Hybrid Wichurana, Kordesii, Large-Flowered Climber, Miniature & Climbing Miniature, Polyantha & Climbing Polyantha, Shrub

The American Rose Society defines Species Roses as: “Often referred to as ‘wild roses’, species roses are usually single-petaled (4-8 petals), once-blooming and have a bush size ranging from 2 to 20 feet. They are listed according to their Latin name, beginning with R. for Rosa and can have common synonyms. For example, R. foetida bicolor is also known as ‘Austrian Copper’.”

Cherokee Rose, Species

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Preferred Rose List of the Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society

Hybrid Teas/Grandifloras


Cherry Parfait

Double Delight



Gold Medal


Grande Dame

Louise Estes

Melody Parfumee

Memorial Day


Perfect Moment

Pope John Paul II

Ring Of Fire

St. Patrick

Twilight Zone

Veteran’s Honor



Angel Face

Burgundy Iceberg


Plum Perfect



Violet’s Pride

English Roses

Abraham Darby

Darcey Bussell


Jude the Obscure


Munstead Wood

Olivia Rose Austin

Princess Alexandra of Kent

Scepter’d Isle

The Dark Lady

The Poet’s Wife

Vanessa Bell


Autumn Splendor

Bee’s Knees

Chessie’s Favorite




Power Point





Don Juan

Fourth of July

Pink Perpetue



Old Garden Roses

Blush Noisette

Cecile Brunner

Green Rose

Louis Phillippe

Mons. Tillier

Mrs. B.R. Cant


Old Blush

Pink Pet

Souvenir de la Malmaison

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