We have tried to make our website as user friendly as possible, as we know that a lot of information can be overwhelming. That’s why we have done the hard work and already sorted our roses by occasion, type, colour and area.

Occasion, colour, and area are fairly self explanatory; simply search for the best gift for a birthday, or a red rose, or roses for arches. However, roses by type may be a little more confusing for any non-rose expert out there.

Overall, the type of rose that you get will still need all the basic care; food, water, a good soil, and space for growing in. The way you prune them varies slightly, but mainly it is to do with the area they are best suited to growing in.

Ultimately, all of the roses would make stunning gifts, and most are very versatile. But if you want to know details about the differences, here is a quick summary of all the types of roses we stock here at English Roses.

Happy Retirement Rose


Features: A version of the modern bush rose. Floribunda roses have flowers in large clusters, usually with cup shaped blooms. These are popular due to their large clusters of blooms and long flowering season.

Planting: Ideally suited to beds and borders, these can also look wonderful in large containers.

Pruning: When pruning, this variety is easy to take care of. Simply prune down in the spring to half their height, remove all dead wood, and that’s the job finished!

Chandos Beauty Rose

Hybrid Tea

Features: Also a version of the modern bush rose. They tend to have larger flowers than a floribunda, in singles or small clusters. Their shapely blooms and long stems mean they are a favourite for cut displays.

Planting: As with the floribunda, hybrid tea roses are also wonderful in beds, borders and containers.

Pruning: Pruning is the same as a floribunda, as they both originated from the bush rose.

Bright Star


Features: Patio Roses are small and compact, and therefore the perfect option for smaller gardens.

Planting: They grow well in containers, or as an edging to a border. Generally robust, these smaller varieties have clusters of small flowers, repeat flower, and are especially attractive to pollinators. 

Pruning: These varieties generally benefit from a hard pruning every year.

Simple Life Rose


Features: Climbing Roses are perfect for giving your garden a vertical accent. This variation of rose grows upwards, covering walls and fences, and covering arches, arbours and pergolas. Although slower growing than a rambler, most varieties of climbers repeat flower through the season.

Planting: Make sure your climbing rose has room and support for upward growth. Climbing Roses can make wonderful features in large containers, growing up obelisks and trellises. They also can be planted at the base of arches and pergolas, to be grown up and over for cover, or even at the back of beds and borders.

Training: Train climbers horizontally for maximum flowering, and after three or four years start to remove the old stems (one per year) towards the bottom of the rose. This will promote newer growth lower down, so you get flowers all along the plant and not just at the top.

Pruning: Climbers flower on this year’s new growth. They should be pruned in the spring down to the height you require, plus remove any dead wood. This will promote new growth for this year’s flowers.

Love Knot

Patio Climber

Features: A Patio Climber is a smaller version of the climbing rose, best suited for trellises and obelisks than arches and arbours. We have a small selection of patio climbers, and you will find them with our climbing roses – just check the measurements and description to see where it is best suited for.

Alberic Barbier


Features: Rambling roses are more vigorous growers than climbing roses. They produce large clusters of usually small and fragrant flowers, in one big flowering flush in early summer. Many varieties also produce stunning hips in the autumn, which are attractive to wildlife as well as pretty to look at.

Planting: Ideal for covering large walls or pergolas, these can also be grown into trees and hedges to give an attractive effect. As vigorous growers they need strong support, and do best in sunny areas.

Training: When growing up large arches or pergolas, twist the growth around the upright pillars to provide support and have maximum flower coverage.

Pruning: When it comes to pruning, it is important to remember that ramblers flower on the previous years growth, so if the rose is pruned in spring you will remove all the new stems and end up with no flowers. The correct time to prune ramblers is just after flowering, as they will then start to produce new wood for the next years blooms.

Amber Queen Rose


Features: Typically the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of roses is the smell, but not all roses have the same scent or strength. Here we have a selection of all the above types of roses, but with the added condition that they smell incredible! A feast for all the senses, these beautiful roses will enhance any garden.

We hope that helps you choose the perfect rose for you!

If you still want help or advice, don’t hesitate to contact us! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help!

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