The Best Roses to Grow in your Climate

What type of roses should you grow? Should you go with the popular Hybrid Teas or the hearty, far reaching Climbing Roses? Well, before you go with any type of rose, do your research.

When planting roses, save yourself some sorrow and pick roses that will grow well where you live. If you run out and get roses without researching which ones will grow in your climate, you may end up being very sad the next spring. Planting roses that agree with the weather in the area that you live in will increase your success rate.

All Climates

While some of us live in a sunny climate, this is not true of all of us. There are places where the wind howls and snow falls almost continuously through the late and early months of the year. These may sound like areas that roses are not welcomed, but this is not so. There are roses that will agree with your climate

Award winning roses are grown in Montreal where the temperatures can dip down near Artic levels. Roses even spring up after the rough Siberian winters. You may have to take extra precautions to keep them going, but none the less, you can have your roses. So don't bury your hopes about starting that beautiful rose garden.


First you need to find out which climate zone you live in. Hardiness zones range from 1 to 11. It is designated for areas that can reach -50 F. 11 represent places where temperatures never fall below 40 F. Check out the USADA's climate zone map to determine the average minimum temperature for your area. If you are outside of the U.S. or Canada, you can view a zone map for your area online or at a gardening store.

Once you have discovered your hardiness zone you can select a rose that will survive well there. You should use your head for this judgment, instead of your heart. You may want to be able to pluck your own red Tea Roses from the garden for Valentine's Day, but if you are living in Alaska, that's not going to happen in an outdoor garden. But you can find ways around your climate dilemma. You could grow impressive Old Garden roses.

Don't Give up Hope

If you are a rose lover on the great divide of the hardiness zones, there is hope for you! Rosarians living in all types of climates and they still enjoy their favorite plant. Tender roses may not be your best bet. But if you are brave and forge ahead you will find the right rose.

Plant your Tea Roses and put in the work. Tea Roses will require extreme loyalty and determination. But if they are your passion and you can spare the dedication, plant on.

Rugosa Roses produce well-formed purplish red petals. They bloom in large clusters and offer repeat flowering throughout the season. Rugosas are disease resistant and with good winter protection, will be bursting with life in the spring.

Floribunda Roses have smaller blooms than hybrid teas but they grow in huge clusters that bloom simultaneously. Theses roses are great for grand displays because they bring forth hefty, expressive bundles of flowers. Floribundas are excellent roses to plant if you want roses that stay in constant bloom. They also don't need as much tender loving care as other classes of roses and do well in zones 4-9 with proper winter protection.

Miniature Roses are dainty novelties that are often used to line beds and driveways. Most grow to about 15 to 30 inches and favor tiny hybrid teas and floribundas. They are frequently grown in containers and make classy edges to gardens. They survive well in zones 5-9.

Shrub Roses are represented by their rambling growth pattern. They reach heights between 5 and 15 feet in all directions if the environment is suitable. Shrub Roses resemble Old Garden roses in shape and form and grow in plentiful clusters.

Hybrid teas have large well formed blooms of 30 to 50 petals. They grow on long stems with single or cluster blooms. Hybrid teas bloom every six or seven weeks and flourish well in zones 5-9.

If you live in zones 1-3 you may want to grow roses that are annuals or roses kept in containers. A pot will hold in the heat of the soil, bringing forth abundant roses in the spring.