Top 10 Best Roses

There’s a longtime love affair between gardeners and roses. Find your new favorite tried-and-true rose on our list of the top 10 best roses.

There’s a longtime love affair between gardeners and roses. But many roses are highly susceptible to black spot and other problems, while others can be finicky and fail to thrive. So keep the love alive with these rose selections. All of them are disease resistant, vigorous and so long-lived you can count on them for decades of beauty in your garden. We hope you’ll find your soul mate among the types we’ve included in our list of the best roses. Unless noted, these roses flourish in Zones 5 to 9 and Zone 10 in the West.

Best Low Maintenance - Knock Out

Sun, Zone 4

Introduced in 2000, the original red Knock Out quickly became the most popular garden plant in America. Branch out beyond the ubiquitous glowing red original with hot pink, blush pink, creamy yellow and sunset-hued Rainbow Knock Out. This carefree rose does have a catch, though: barely any scent.

Why we love it: As easy to grow as daylilies, Knock Out roses live up to their hype.

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  1. Ellie Wood says

    I agree that Knock Outs are easier and less prone to diseases than other roses but if left to their own devises they become unsightly. I have seen them everywhere around town and many look awful… must be pruned and taken care of on a weekly basis… my opinion!

  2. Mary Reinhard says

    Love all 10 Rose bushes! Can we buy them from Birds and Blooms magazine? If not, where do we get them?

  3. Lois Mathews says

    my Zepherine Drouhin is in the shade and hasn’t bloomed for years. I’m thinking of removing it.

  4. says

    Where is Belinda’s Dream, the best allaround
    rose I ever had-from Antique Rose Emporium.
    I am a member of the Herb Society ofAmerica
    and have owned over 40 different varieties-mostly old roses in 40 yr. …they definitely have more fragrance and staying power on
    their own, many were taken by rose rustlers
    from cemeteries and abandoned school yards
    with no care for years.

  5. Sande Chatfield says

    I am glad someone mentioned Belinda’s Dream!They are beautiful and look like an antique rose, is hardy and even in drought tries to keep blooming. A rose that is also grown from the people that developed Knockout gives us Home Run, just like Knockout, except the color is a bit more of an orange shade of red. Very hardy and blooms profusly.

  6. Susan Johnson says

    I had ( note I said had) two double knockout rose bushes. Both did very well for a few years. They were supposed to be drought tolerant and may have been. But, a year or two ago both bushes died suddenly. I left them to see if they would come back. There is a mite that is taking them over. It is a rosette virus that they have. Gardenias and drift roses are said to be getting the virus also. Neill Sperry has info on his facebook page and many people are writing in to ask questions and say what is happening to their roses. My knockouts were supposed to not need shaping or dead heading. The bushes got taller than me and I am near six feet tall. So I wouldn’t count on not needing to shape. Also nurseries are still selling these and advice is do not put another bush back in the same spot for one or two years.

  7. Susan Johnson says

    Also, there is no treatment for the virus taking over the knockout and drift roses and gardenias.

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