These are the most popular type of roses for growing in any beds and borders. They form compact bushes and give you lots of flowers throughout the summer. If you are just looking for a good rose to grow in your garden, then go for these.
They generally have two flushes of flower, the first from June to July and then a second show from late August until the autumn.
Bush roses fall into two broad categories – large flowered or Hybrid Teas and cluster flowered, or Floribundas. The only difference between them is the number and shape of the flowers.
Large Flowered Bush Roses
Large flowered roses have a single bloom on each stem. They are usually very well shaped – the classic rose for cutting.
Cluster Flowered Bush Roses
Cluster flowered roses have several flowers on each stem. This means that you get a mass of colour in the garden. The flowers are not always as well shaped as the large flowered varieties.
You can mix large flowered and cluster flowered roses in the same bed, although some people prefer to grow just one type of the other.
We have split our bush roses into three size bands :
Small – up to 2ft (60cm)
Medium – 2-3 ft (60-90cm)
Large – over 3ft (90cm +)
As a general guide, small bushes should be planted 2 ft (60cm) apart. Medium and large bushes should be planted 30in (75cm) apart.
Uses for bush roses:
Grow in beds on their own
Grow in borders with other plants
Some can be used for hedging (see Uses for Roses).
To learn how to prune bush roses, click here.