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Classifying Roses

Did you know that roses are classified in 3 main groups? Let us walk you through each kind.

1) Species (wild) roses & their hybrids. Species roses are typically large climbing or shrub-like roses with single, flat flowers blooming in late spring or early summer followed by hips (seeds) in autumn. They are the parents of the modern roses we have today.

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2) Old Garden roses. Old Garden roses are further subdivided into the following classes: Alba, Ayrshire, Bourbon, Boursault, Centifolia, China, Damask, Gallica, Hybrid Perpetual, Moss, Noisette, Portland, Ramblers, Species (technically Species are an Old Garden rose) and Tea.

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3) Modern roses. Modern Roses are a broad mix which including the following types: Climbing, Floribunda, Grandiflora, Hybrid Musk, Hybrid Rugosa, Hybrid Tea, Landscape (including Groundcover) or Shrub, Miniature and Polyantha.

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Stop by our garden center in Southington, Connecticut to talk to one of our experts about classifying roses, and which kinds may be best for your home!