Types of Roses by Name and Color

Orange roses
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    The Perfect Rose

    There are many characteristics to consider when choosing the perfect rose for your landscape or garden. There is color, of course, but also fragrance, plant form, hardiness zone, and various growing characteristics, such as disease-resistance. And there are so many great varieties to choose from. 

    Many examples in the following list of roses by color are All-American Rose Selections (AARS), which lists rose types by variety:

    • Floribunda
    • Hybrid tea
    • Grandiflora
    • Shrub and landscape
    • Climber
    • Miniature
    • Tree

    The information provided here is based on AARS descriptions as well as from observation. Unless otherwise indicated, quoted content comes from AARS. All examples were found in USDA plant hardiness zone 5, so each rose is hardy to at least that zone.

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    Orange Rose

    Orange roses
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    AARS lists the "About Face" rose as having a bicolored flower. That is, this orange rose's "lighter color of deep golden yellow is carried on the inside of the petals with a darker bronzy orange-red backside." 

    • Grandiflora variety
    • Full form, with a bush habit
    • Smells like "mild fresh apple"
    • Long stems; rich green leaves
    • Disease-resistant
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    Light Pink Rose

    Light pink roses
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    "Bonica" bears light pink roses on a shrubby bush.

    • Shrub and landscape category
    • Not particularly fragrant
    • Disease-resistant
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    Two-Tone Red Rose

    Two-tone rose petal picture. "Cherry Parfait" is a type of rose with two-tone petals.
    David Beaulieu

    "Cherry Parfait" features a two-tone petal color scheme with white edged with red (red is the dominant color, from a distance). 

    • Grandiflora variety
    • Slight fragrance
    • Bush habit
    • Dark green leaves
    • Disease-resistant
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    Apricot Rose

    Picture of apricot rose. Teasing Georgia is called a yellow rose but may end up more apricot.
    David Beaulieu

    "Teasing Georgia" is advertised as a yellow rose but may end up looking more apricot in color.

    • Double, cupped flower
    • Habit can be bush or a short climber
    • Repeat bloomer
    • Strong fragrance
    • Good disease-resistance
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    Peach Rose

    Picture of peach rose. As the photo shows, the peach rose here is really a combination of colors (or
    David Beaulieu

    "Easy Does It" offers a combination of colors: orange, pink, and apricot. But the overall effect is that of peach, with pink highlights. "Easy Does It" bears a double, ruffled flower.

    • Floribunda variety
    • Double, ruffled flower
    • Mild fruity fragrance
    • Bush habit
    • Very good disease-resistance
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    Crimson Rose

    Picture of a crimson rose. "Falstaff," a David Austin recommended variety, is a crimson color rose.
    David Beaulieu

    "Falstaff" is a crimson color rose that is recommended by rose breeder David Austin. The David Austin rose site calls "Falstaff" one of the best crimson/purple roses they have bred so far.

    • Double bloom
    • Strong fragrance
    • Bush habit
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    Apricot-Pink Rose

    "Tahitian Sunset" is an apricot-pink rose. This peach color hybrid tea exudes a licorice fragrance.
    David Beaulieu

    "Tahitian Sunset" is an apricot-pink bi-colored rose that's as colorful as its name.

    • Hybrid tea variety
    • High-centered flower that smells of anise
    • Bush habit
    • Semi-glossy, dark green leaves
    • Good disease-resistance
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    Coral Rose

    Picture of a coral-pink rose. "Rainbow Knock Out" is a single-blooming coral color rose.
    David Beaulieu

    "Rainbow" Knock Out is a single-blooming coral color rose. 

    • Shrub and landscape variety
    • Foliage is dark green, semi-glossy
    • Bush habit
    • "Fully resistant to black spot, powdery mildew, and rust."
    • Repeat bloomer
    • Starts out a deep coral-pink; ends light coral to pink with a yellow center
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    Red Rose

    Picture of red rose. "Interama" has a classic red rose color.
    David Beaulieu

    "Interama" has a classic red rose color.

    • Floribunda variety
    • Flowers in clusters
    • Bush habit
    • Average-size flower, about 3 inches in diameter
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    Yellow Rose

    Yellow rose picture. "Julia Child" is a yellow rose of the floribunda variety.
    David Beaulieu

    The "Julia Child" yellow rose was "personally chosen by the award-winning chef herself" and has a color that is described as "butter gold."

    • Floribunda variety
    • Full form and the sweet smell of licorice
    • Bush habit
    • Particulalry shiny leaves
    • Very good disease-resistance
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    Multi-Color Rose

    Picture of a multicolor rose. The "Mardi Gras" multicolor rose is a mix of orange and pink, with a b
    David Beaulieu

    The "Mardi Gras" multi-color rose has as festive a flower color that is a ​mix of orange and pink colors with a bit of yellow. The bloom "begins as an apricot-orange bud that slowly spirals open to reveal a 4-inch bright pink and orange bloom with a yellow base." 

    • Floribunda variety
    • Peppery fragrance
    • Bush habit; recommended for hedges
    • Dark green leaves
    • Good disease-resistance
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    Orangey-Red Rose

    Morden Fireglow has a rose color that's orangy (orangey) red. This orangy-red rose is a bush variety
    David Beaulieu

    "Morden Fireglow" is a brightly colored rose, being somewhere between orange and reddish in color.

    • Floribunda variety
    • Double, cupped flowers
    • Bush habit
    • Matte leaves (not glossy)
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    Copper Rose

    The "Pat Austin" rose displays a coppery color. This copper color rose is a David Austin variety.
    David Beaulieu

    The copper-colored "Pat Austin" rose is one of the David Austin recommended varieties. It is named after David Austin's wife.

    • Double, cupped bloom
    • Bush habit
    • Repeat-bloomer
    • Tea-scented fragrance
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    Reddish-Purple Rose

    Picture of purplish-red rose. This purplish-red rose is named "Wild Blue Yonder."
    David Beaulieu

    "Wild Blue Yonder" starts out a mauve or reddish-purple (it is advertised as "lavender") and ends up with a deeper color. It never morphs into a true blue rose. 

    • Grandiflora variety
    • Double flower that is very fragrant (citrusy)
    • Bush habit
    • Repeat bloomer
    • Very good disease-resistance
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    Medium Pink Rose

    Picture of "Elle," a hybrid tea pink rose. "Elle" is a medium-pink rose.
    David Beaulieu

    "Elle" is a good choice for those seeking a happy medium between a shocking-pink rose and a pink rose with a washed-out color. It offers "above-average disease tolerance to mildews and black spot for its class," according to AARS.

    • Hybrid tea variety
    • Ever-blooming with a spicy fragrance
    • Relatively compact for its class
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    Scarlet Rose

    Picture of scarlet color rose. "Frankly Scarlet" is the rose's name.
    David Beaulieu

    "Frankly Scarlet" belongs to the JP Ultimate Collection.

    • Floribunda variety
    • Spicy fragrance
    • Dark green leaves
    • Repeat bloomer