June is National Rose Month, but we think this beautiful flower deserves our praise all year round! For centuries, roses have been a symbol for love, beauty, war—even politics. In fact, in 1986 President Ronald Reagan declared the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States, saying “Americans who would speak the language of the heart do so with a rose.”
To celebrate National Rose Month, we’re sharing five of our favorite roses that you can plant in your garden this year.
White Drift Rose
New in 2016, the White Drift Rose has pure white, fully double blooms perfectly shaped like a miniature rose flower. It has a true groundcover habit, with the superior disease resistance you would expect from a Drift Groundcover Rose. Quantities are limited, so check your local garden centers for availability.
Apricot Drift Rose
Double apricot colored flowers begin in spring and display a season-long show of color. This rose works best in small gardens or along paths and walkways.
Coral Drift Rose
Bright, coral-orange blooms cover this small mounding shrub from mid-spring to mid-fall. The Coral Drift Rose has vibrant flowers that catch your eye from anywhere. Mix and match with similar or contrasting colors to really wow.
Knock Out Roses:
Double Knock Out Rose
The Double Knock Out Rose has full double flowers that look just like a classic rose. It has beautiful cherry red flowers and is best suited for zones 5-11.
Sunny Knock Out Rose
The Sunny Knock Out Rose is the only fragrant variety in the Knock Out Rose series. It has a more upright habit with bright yellow flowers that fade to a pastel cream color. The yellow color stays more intense during cooler times of the year.