Best Roses

CHOOSING ROSES FOR ARIZONA

Here are some of the many roses that grow well in the Desert Southwest.  Also, check out our Choosing Roses section on our Articles page.

Always select grade #1 bushes. It’s generally agreed that roses purchased at a nursery/garden center are superior to those found at chain stores.

Roses are great in the landscape, not just in their own beds. Explore the possibilities! Check with local Consulting Rosarians for other suggestions.

Download printable version of our new Best Roses for Arizona list.
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COLORS

dr dark red
dp deep pi
dy deep yellow
lp light pink
ly light yellow
m mauve, mauve blend
mp medium pink
mr medium red
my medium yellow
ob orange, orange blend
op orange-pink, orange red
rb red blend
r russet
w white, near white, white blend
yb yellow blend

HYBRID TEAS

Barbara Streisand (m) 7.6
Black Magic (dr) 7.7
Brandy (ab) 7.0
Bride’s Dream (lp) 8.0
Brigadoon (rb) 7.9
Bronze Star (yb) 7.6
Cajun Moon (w) 7.9
Cajun Sunrise (pb) 7.7
Chrysler Imperial (dr) 7.8
Classic Touch (lp) 7.5
Color Magic (pb) 8.2
Crescendo (pb) 7.9
Crowd Pleaser (pb)
Crystalline (w) 7.8
Dainty Bess (lp) 9.0
*Deidre Hall (yb) 7.4
Desert Peace (yb) 7.6
Dolly Parton (or) 7.4
*Double Delight @ (rb) 8.4
Elizabeth Taylor (dp) 8.8
Falling In Love (lp) 8.9
Firefighter (mr) 7.7
First Prize (pb) 8.9
*Fragrant Cloud (or) 8.1
Garden Party (w) 7.9
Gemini@ (pb) 8.2
Gentle Giant (dp) 7.3
Heirloom (m) 7.1
Here’s Sam (mp) 7.6
Honor (w) 7.5
Hotel California (my) 7.1
*Hot Princess(dp) 7.9
Ingrid Bergman (dr) 7.1
JoAnn Edwards (ob) 7.5
Kardinal (mr) 8.4
Let Freedom Ring (dr) 7.8
Lynn Anderson (pb) 7.8
Marilyn Monroe (ab) 7.9
Marilyn Wellan (mr) 7.6
Memorial Day (mp) 7.7
Miss All American Beauty (dp) 7.7
*Mister Lincoln @ (dr) 8.8
Moonstone (w) 8.2
Nancy Reagan (ab) 7.6
Neptune (m)7.5
Olympiad (mr) 9.1
Opening Night (dr) 7.8
Over The Moon (ab) 7.5
Paradise (m) 8.3
Paradise Found (rb) 7.2
Paris d’ Yves Laurent (dp)7.5
Peace (yb) 6.8
Perfectly Red (dr) 7.6
Pink Promise (pb) 7.6
Proud Land (dr) 7.4
Rina Hugo (dp) 7.8
*Secret @ (pb) 7.9
Sheer Bliss (w) 7.8
Signature (dp) 7.6
Silverado (m) 7.5
Silver Star (m) 8.1
St Patrick@ (yb) 8.0
Sugar Moon (w) 7.7
Summer Love (my) 7.9
Sunstruck (ab) 7.6
Taboo (dr) 7.5
Tahitian Sunset (ab)7.7
Touch of Class@ (op) 8.9
Tropicana (or) 7.6
Twilight Zone (m)
*Veterans’ Honor (dr) 8.1
We Salute You (pb)
World War II Memorial (m) 7.5

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GRANDIFLORAS

About Face (yb)7.7
*Arizona @ (ob) 7.5
Ch-Ching (dy) 7.3
Cherry Parfait (rb) 7.9
Crimson Bouquet (mr) 7.9
Crimson Glory (dr)7.6
Dick Clark (rb) 7.7
Dream Come True (yb)7.5
Fame (dp) 8.1
Fragrant Plum (m) 7.8
Glowing Peace7.5
Gold Medal @ (my) 8.8
Love (rb) 7.1
Melody Parfumee (m) 7.8
Queen Elizabeth @ (mp) 6.3
Silver Star (m) 8.1
South Africa (y)
Twilight Zone (m)
*Wild Blue Yonder @ (m) 7.8

OLD GARDEN ROSES

Archduke Charles (rb) 8.3
*Autumn Damask (mp) 8.2
R. banksiae (w) 9.2
R. banksiae lutea (ly) 9.1
*Baronne Prevos (mp)8.5
Champney’s Pink Cluster (lp) 8.4
Francis Dubreuil (dr) 8.0
*Marchesa Boccella (lp) 9.0
*Mme Isaac Pereire (mp) 8.4
Mons Tillier (mp) 8.4
Mutabilis,China (YB) 8.0
Old Blush (mp) 8.3
Paul Neyron (mp) 8.1
Pink Pet (mp) 8.7
*Rose de Rescht (dp) 8.6
The Green Rose (g) 7.4
*Yolande d’Aragon (m) 8

POLYANTHAS

Anda (dr)
Cecile Brunner (lp)
Cl Cecile Brunner (lp)
Chatillon Rose (mp) fragrant
China Doll (mp)
Lullaby (w)
The Fairy (lp)
Verdun (r)
Wing-Ding (dr)

LARGE FLOWERED CLIMBERS

All Ablaze (mr) 7.4
Altissimo (red) 8.5
America @ (or) 8.3
Berries’ n Cream (raspberry/white, striped) 7.8
Candy Land (wb) (light raspberry/white stripes) 7.5
Don Juan (dr) 8.2 fragrant
Fourth of July @ (red/white striped) 8.1
Joseph’s Coat (rb) 7.5
Night Owl (m) 7.6
Polka (ab) 7.9
Purple Splash (m) 7.7
Rainbow’s End (my) 8.0
Red Eden Climber 7.3
Soaring Spirits (raspberry/white stripe)7.7
*Sombreuil (w) 8.8
The Charlatan (lp) 8.0
Valentine’s Day (dr) 7.9

FLORIBUNDAS

Angel Face (m) 8.1
Autumn Splendor (yb) 8.1
Betty Boop (rb) 8.0
Black Cherry (dr) 7.4
Boganfeelya (mr)
Bolero (w) 7.6
Brass Band @ (ab) 7.9
Brilliant Pink Iceberg (pb) 7.5
Butter Cream (my) 7.8
Cherish (op) 8.4
Chihuly (rb) 7.7
Cinco de Mayo ® 7.8
City of Carlsbad (ob) 8.1
Class Act (w) 7.5
Colorific (ob) 7.7
Day Breaker (yb) 7.9
Drop Dead Red (dr) 7.4
Easy Does It (op) 7.8
Easy Going (yb) 8.0
Ebb Tide (m) 7.4
Escapade (dr) 9.0
Fabulous! (w) 7.7
First Kiss (pb) 8.3
French Lace @ (w) 8.1
Hannah Gordon (pb) 8.6
Hot Cocoa @ (russet)
7.9 Iceberg (w) 8.7
Johnny Becnel (ob) 7.5
Judy Garland (yb) 7.6
*Julia Child @ (my) 8.2
Ketchup & Mustard (rb)
Koko Loco (m) 7.5
Lady of the Dawn (lp) 8.4
Lavaglut (dr) 8.7
Love Song (m)
Marmalade Skies (ob) 7.8
Moondance (w) 7.8
Nicole (w) 8.9
Oh My (dr)
Our Lady of Guadalupe (pb) 8.0
Passionate Kisses (mp) 8.2
Pinnacle (RB) 7.7
Playboy (rb) 8.1
Playgirl (mp) 8.4
Pretty Lady (lp) 8.3
Purple Heart (m) 7.4
Rainbow Sorbet (yb) 8.0
Scentimental @ (rb)7.7
Sheila’s Perfume (yb) 8.2
Showbiz (mr) 8.6
Sparkle & Shine (dy)
*Striped 7.7 fragrant
Sexy Rexy (mp) 8.7
Sun Flare (y) 8.3
Sunshine Daydream (ly)
Taboo (ob) 7.3
Topsy Turvy (rb)7.7
Tuscan Sun (ab) 7.8
Vavoom (ob) 7.5
White Licorice (ly) 7.6

SHRUBS

*Abraham Darby (op)7.8
Ambridge Rose (ab) 8.1
Ballerina (mp) 8.7
Be-Bop (rb) 8.1
Belle Story (lp) 8.6
Carefree Beauty (mp) 8.6
Dark Lady (dr)
*Darlow’s Enigma (w) 8.3
Double Knockout (m) 8.0
Flower Girl (lp) 8.2
Gartendirektor Otto Linne (dp) 8.7
Glamis Castle (w) 7.8
*Graham Thomas (dy) 8.2
Home Run (dr) 8.1
Mary Rose (mp) 8.3
Midnight Blue (m) 7.3
*Molineux (dy) 8.0
*Outta the Blue (m) 7.9
Pillow Fight (w) 7.9
*Prospero (dr) 8.4
Red Ribbons (dr) 8.3
Sally Holmes (w) 8.9
Septer’d Isle (lp) 8.2
Tamora @ (ab) 7.8
Tequila Supreme (yb)
The Imposter (pb) 7.6
*The Squire (dr) 8.4
*Tradescant (dr) 7.9
Watercolors (yb) 7.6

MINIFLORAS

Abby’s Angel (dy) 7.7
Autumn Splendor (yb) 8.1
Butter Cream (my) 7.8
Charismatic (rb) 7.5
Conundrum (yb) 7.7
Dr John Dickman (m) 7.8
Dr Troy Garrett (dr) 7.9
Edisto (rb) 7.6
First and Foremost (pb) 7.5
Foolish Pleasure (pb) 7.8
Joy (pb) 8.0
Lo & Behold (dy) 7.5
Louisville Lady (dp) 7.6
Memphis Blues (m) 7.6
Memphis Magic (dr) 7.5
Memphis Music (rb) 7.8
Powerhouse (rb) 7.7
Power Point (mr) 7.6
Regina Lee (rb) 7.9
Robin Alonso (dr) 7.7
Show Stopper (ab) 7.7
Sunglow (my) 8.0
The Streak (yb)
Unbridled (yb) 7.5
Whirlaway (w) 7.7

MINIATURES

Baby Boomer (mp) 7.6
Baby Grand (mp) 8.6
Beauty Secret (mr) 8.4
Bee’s Knees (yb) 8.0
Behold (my) 7.7
Black Jade (dr) 8.3
Captivation (or)7.6
Child’s Play (w) 7.9
Daddy Frank (dr)
Dancing Flame (yb) 7.7
Erin Alonso (my) 7.7
Fancy Pants (rb) 8.3
Fairhope (ly) 8.2
Figurine (w) 7.8
Giggles (mp) 8.8
Gizmo (ob) 7.9
Glowing Amber (rb) 8.0
Gourmet Popcorn (w) 8.7
Grace Seward (w) 8.2
Green Ice (w) 8.0
Hot Tamale (yb) 8.3
Incognito (m) 8.0
Irresistible (w) 9.0
Jean Kenneally (ab) 9.7
Jilly Jewel (mp) 7.8
Kiss An Angel Good Morning (m) 7.6
Kristin (rb) 8.1
Little Artist (rb) 8.4
Luis Desamero (ly) 7.7
Magic Carrousel (rb) 9.0
Magic Show (rb) 7.7
Marriotta (dp) 8.0
Michele Cholet (op) 7.5
Millie Walters (op) 8.3
Minnie Pearl (pb) 9.0
Miss Flippins (mr) 8.1
Mothers Love (pb) 7.8
*My Sunshine (my) 8.7
Nancy Jean (ab) 7.7
Odessa (m) 7.9
Old Glory (mr) 7.8
Pacesetter (w) 8.6
Pierrine (op) 9.4
Popcorn (w) 8.1
Rainbow’s End @ (yb) 8.7
Salute (dr) 7.8
Sam Trivitt (ab) 7.7
Soroptimist International (pb) 7.9
*Sweet Chariot (m) 8.4
Sweet Diana (my) 8.3
Tiddly Winks (my) 7.9

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