“Everybody’s trying to come out with disease-resistant roses right now,” says Wallace. “Last century, what drove the market was those who grew roses for flower shows. So the hybridizers didn’t focus on disease resistance because everyone was spraying, using chemicals, harsh chemicals. They were focused more on flower form and color. But now it’s for the home grower, and they want disease resistance and fragrance. So that’s where the market is going.” (FYI, while fragrance is starting to make a comeback, Wallace notes that many of the disease-resistant roses have little-to-no scent, so you may not get much pleasure from stopping to smell them.)
When planting roses, Wallace says it’s much better to start with bushes rather than seeds. “Growing roses from seeds is more left to the hybridizers or the true rose enthusiasts,” he explains. “But for beginners should buy shrubs. You can buy them potted as growing rose bushes, or you can buy them as bare-root roses.” The latter are just bagged plants with all the dirt removed from the roots. They do best when planted at the beginning of the growing season. “They’re a little trickier than buying potted roses because with bare-root roses, you have to get them in the ground soon upon arrival,” says Wallace. But the upside is that they tend to be a bit cheaper and there’s more variety.
Learn about four varieties of disease-resistant, easy-care roses you can plant at home—plus, shop potted versions below if you don’t have a local nursery.
Easy-care roses to get for your garden
Oh hi! You look like someone who loves free workouts, discounts for cult-fave wellness brands, and exclusive Well+Good content. Sign up for Well+, our online community of wellness insiders, and unlock your rewards instantly.
Our editors independently select these products. Making a purchase through our links may earn Well+Good a commission.