Hybrid tea roses, a cross between hybrid perpetual and old-fashioned tea roses, are the most popular rose in the world. Hybrid teas are valued for their long, sturdy stems, perfectly shaped flowers, and unparalleled fragrance. New varieties of hybrid tea roses are introduced every year, but some classics simply can’t be beaten. Most hybrid tea roses are reliably hardy from USDA zones 5–9.
Here are our picks for the best hybrid tea roses to add to your garden, by color.
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This multicolored rose received the All-America Rose Selection award in 1945 and it's easy to see why. It's one of the most popular roses ever, with perfect form and large, double blossoms that are a bright yellow edged with soft pink. The stunning blooms have a mild, fruity fragrance. Grow 'Peace' in climates with cool summers and keep in mind that it is susceptible to black spot.
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Red: Mr. Lincoln
Another winner of the All-America Rose Selection Award, 'Mr. Lincoln' is the rose to choose if you want to add an absolute classic to your garden. It's easy to grow in all climates, with large, velvety double blooms. 'Mr. Lincoln' also happens to be one of the most fragrant hybrid tea roses, so you'll want to make sure you always take the time to stop and smell the roses whenever you're in the garden.
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Red: Veterans' Honor
'Veterans' Honor' has deep, dark red blooms with a fragrance reminiscent of berries. It was introduced in 1999 to honor the men and women of the American Armed Forces and a portion of each sale goes to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
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Not to be confused with the yellow and red bicolor roses marketed by florists as signifying friendship, 'Friendship' hybrid tea roses have large, deep pink blooms edged with a wash of red and a strong, sweet fragrance. This 1979 All-America Rose Selection award winner can handle a variety of climates and shows good disease resistance.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Yellow: Midas Touch
You'll feel like you have the Midas touch when you plant these easy-to-grow, climate-tolerant, and disease-resistant yellow hybrid tea roses. 'Midas Touch' won the All-America Rose Selection award in 1994 and it's well-loved for its prolific deep yellow double blooms.
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'Celebrity' is famous for good reason––gardeners love its fruity fragrance, adaptability, and the rich yellow double blossoms it provides throughout the season.
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Although 'Tropicana' is prone to mildew, it may be worth the risk to grow this fragrant hybrid tea rose with double coral-orange blooms. 'Tropicana' received the All-America Rose Selection award in 1963 and has been popular with gardeners ever since.
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This All-America Rose Selection award winner is an eye-catching blend of orange, yellow, and red. It thrives in warm summers and shows good disease resistance. 'Voodoo' has a strong fragrance and double flowers.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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White: Garden Party
If you love a delicate white bloom, 'Garden Party' is a terrific choice. Its double, creamy white blooms are blushed with pink on the outside. Especially great as a cut flower, 'Garden Party' has a soft fragrance you'll enjoy having in your home. This hybrid tea rose prefers hot summers.
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Lavender: Purple Passion
'Purple Passion' was introduced in the year 2000 and it makes our list as one of the best hybrid tea roses for its purple double blossoms and somewhat lemony scent.