‘Ballerina’ Roses (Hubrid Musk, Introduced – 1937)A good rose for mild climates, ‘Ballerina’ also flourishes in the North. At the northern edge of its range, winter cold may kill it back almost to the ground, but typically it will send up new shoots to provide a good show of flowers the following summer.
‘Ballerina’ bears abundant, large trusses of small, pink, single flowers, each with a white eye and bright yellow stamens. It can be grown in a mixed border or as a hedge, allowed to cascade over a wall, or even trained as a climber, producing clouds of blossoms all season, followed by small, bright orange hips in the fall.
‘Baroness Rothschild’ Roses (Hybrid perpetual, Introduced – 1868)These stiff, erect plants are graced with large, fully double (40 petals), cupped, very fragrant 3- to 4-inch flowers of soft rose-pink overlaid with white. They bloom singly or in small clusters. Flowers are darker pink toward the center and appear profusely in spring and again in fall on 4- to 5-foot plants.
‘Baronne Prévost’ Roses (Hybrid Perpetuea, Introduced – 1842)Though sometimes troubled by blackspot and mildew, ‘Baronne Prévost’ is possibly the most disease resistant of the hybrid perpetuals. For this reason, it is one of the few that flourish in the humid Southeast. Because this rose is also notably cold tolerant, it is a good choice for areas such as the lower Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, where a hard winter may be followed by a summer of heat and humidity, and for southern Ontario.
Its blossoms are luxurious: broad, flattened, pink rosettes with a button eye at the center. While not quite as big as those of ‘Paul Neyron’, the blossoms of ‘Baronne Prevost’ are borne more prolifically. This old-time aristocrat flowers heavily in late spring or early summer, then sporadically throughout the summer, with a heavier repeat in autumn. This is a tough shrub, one that works well in a mixed border of flowers and shrubs.
‘Basye’s Blueberry’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1982)If you’re tired of pruning thorny branches, this modern shrub rose is for you. Its rounded leaves, thornless stems, and reddish fall color give it the look of a blueberry bush. The difference lies in the flowers: ‘Basye’s Blueberry’ bears large, fragrant, pink, semi-double flowers with bright yellow stamens repeatedly throughout the growing season.
Though it is hardy well into the North, ‘Basye’s Blueberry’ was bred in central Texas by the late Dr. Robert Basye of Texas A&M University, and it flourishes in that region’s heavy clay, alkaline soils. An outstanding shrub for the Southeast, this rose should prove a good choice for the Southwest and Rocky Mountain West, too.
‘Beauty Secret’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1965)Medium red flowers with 24 to 30 petals are 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide and have a heavy fragrance. They repeat quickly throughout the growing season. Semi-glossy medium to dark green foliage clothes the bushy plant, which grows 10 to 18 inches tall.
‘Belinda’ Roses (Hybrid Musk, Introduced – 1936)’Belinda’ rose produces large erect clusters of semi-double flowers almost continuously throughout the growing season. The soft medium pink blooms are 1 inch or less across, have 12 to 15 petals, and emit a light fragrance. When seen at close range, the blooms show off white centers.
Plants are vigorous, upright, and bushy, and can either be maintained as a dense hedge by pruning or be trained to a pillar. They are quite disease resistant and, like most hybrid musks, adaptable to light shade.
‘Belle de Crécy’ Roses (Gallica, Introduced – prior to 1829)This is one of the most popular gallica roses, and deservedly so. The flowers of ‘Belle de Crécy’ are large, flattened rosettes with a potent perfume; they open pink but soon deepen in hue to a mauve-violet with a green button center. This gives ‘Belle de Crécy’ a special interest: at any given time, a single shrub may bear flowers in shades of pink, mauve, and deep violet. In addition, the backs of the petals (what rosarians call the reverse) are a distinctly paler pink than the fronts, which gives these flowers an added delicacy.
A vigorous, midsize shrub, this rose makes good material for an informal hedge but also can hold its own as a specimen planting.
‘Belle Isis’ Roses (Gallica, Introduced – 1845)This compact shrub bears loose little saucers of petals with a strong fragrance but a delicate coloration. In contrast to most other gallicas, whose flowers tend toward intense pinks and purplish reds, ‘Belle Isis’ has pale cream flowers that seem brushed with coral pink and even a hint of lemon yellow.
This shrub’s tidy profile makes it a good choice for smaller gardens, and it fits into a perennial border without overwhelming its neighbors.
‘Belle Poitevine’ Roses (Hybrid Rugosa, Introduced – 1894)The flowers of ‘Belle Poitevine’ are fragrant and semi-double, with twirled petals. Their coloring is somewhat dependent on weather, ranging from rose pink to magenta pink, with lighter colors more prevalent under sunny skies. In fall, the plump orange-red hips create a colorful display against the deeply veined, leathery, dark green foliage.
The vigorous plants are nicely shaped, often as broad as they are tall. This rose makes a good choice for a large hedge. Like other hybrid rugosa roses, this rose is very hardy, disease resistant, and easy to grow. This rose also tolerates seaside conditions.
‘Belle Story’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1984)The sweetly scented flowers of ‘Belle Story’ are large and semi-double, resembling peonies. A David Austin rose, this is a heavy bloomer, repeating well through the season. The wide-spreading, soft pink petals curve inward, fashioning a broad cup that accentuates golden yellow stamens. The abundant foliage is light green and semi-glossy.
Plants are vigorous and healthy. They grow as broad as they do tall, forming a rounded 4-foot shrub that is well suited to a bed or border. Like many others of David Austin’s English roses, this one is very hardy.
‘Betty Prior’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1938)One of the first floribunda hybrids, ‘Betty Prior’ has maintained its popularity with its abundant clusters of fragrant, bright pink flowers. Single rounds of five petals, these blooms look like large dogwood blossoms, and they show off well against the glossy foliage. The simplicity of the flowers helps this rose to blend easily with perennials and annuals in a mixed border. ‘Betty Prior’ also works well as a foundation planting or hedge. Because this rose is disease resistant, the foliage typically remains unmarred by fungal infections. A heavy and reliable re-bloomer, ‘Betty Prior’ is also outstandingly cold hardy for a floribunda.
‘Big Purple’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1986)As the name implies, these 35-petaled flowers are enormous-up to 6 inches across- and their color is true purple, like grape juice. In addition to their large size, the flowers also have a wonderful fragrance. The 4- to 5-foot plant has medium to dark green foliage with a grayish coating that helps keep the plant disease resistant. This rose is also quite hardy.
‘Bishop Darlington’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1926)Hybrid musk. Oval buds appear all summer, opening into cream-colored to flesh pink flowers with a yellow glow. The 3-inch blooms are semi-double (with 17 petals), cupped, and have a fruity fragrance. Foliage is soft and bronzy on a plant that grows 4- to 7- feet tall and can be used as a freestanding shrub or low-growing climber.
‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ Roses (Hybrid Rugosa, Introduced – 1892)This hybrid rugosa blooms heavily early in the season, with scattered blossoms in summer and fall. Flowers are semi-double, 2 to 3 inches wide, and very fragrant. Petals are pure white with a delicate tissue-paper-like texture that contrasts with the crinkled, dark, leathery leaves. Canes are gray, and in fall large orange-red hips are produced.
Plants are typically as broad as they are tall and require a lot of room. Extremely vigorous, they often send out suckers several feet from the plant base. The rose is effective as a hedge, in large beds, and as a specimen. One of the best hybrid rugosas, ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ is extremely hardy, resistant to both diseases and insects, and tolerates sandy soil and salt spray, making it a good choice for seaside gardens.
‘Black Jade’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced -1985 )The darkest red of any rose, ‘Black Jade’ rose is so dark it is almost black. High-centered, velvety, 3/4-inch flowers have 30 petals and long cutting stems. Rounded 18- to 24-inch plants have glossy, dark green, disease resistant foliage.
‘Blaze’ Roses (Climber, Introduced – 1932)Clusters of cup-shaped scarlet blossoms occur on both old and new wood of ‘Blaze’ throughout the growing season. Flowers are semi-double, 2 to 3 inches across, lightly fragrant, and nonfading, even in hot weather. Early flowers are somewhat larger than those produced later in the season. Dark green leathery foliage contrasts nicely with the continuous show of blooms.
This easy-to-grow rose has a vigorous, upright habit, and its canes are quick to reach their height of 12 to 15 feet, making it a good choice for fences, arbors, pillars, and porches. This rose is quite hardy but is somewhat susceptible to powdery mildew.
‘Bloomfield Dainty’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1924)Hybrid musk. Long, pointed, deep coral to orange buds open into canary yellow, single, 2-inch, fragrant flowers that appear in clusters all season. The bright yellow fades to soft creamy pink with deeper pink at the edges of the petals. Glossy leaves cover the 5- to 7-foot plant.
‘Bloomin’ Easy’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1988)Bright red, double, 3-inch flowers bloom in small clusters all season on bushy plants that grow 4 to 6 feet high and have dark green, disease-resistant foliage. This variety is a dense grower ideally suited for a hedge.
‘Blue Moon’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1964)Although there has never been a blue rose, ‘Blue Moon’ rose comes closer than many others. Its close-to-blue lavender flowers have 40 petals and measure 3 to 4 1/2 inches across. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet high. Like most lavender roses, ‘Blue Moon’ has a strong fragrance. This rose is also fairly winter hardy and has good disease resistance.
‘Bobby Charlton’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1974)The superbly formed, 6-inch flowers of this variety are deep pink on the insides of the petals and silvery on the outsides. The blooms, with 35 to 40 petals, also have a pleasant, spicy fragrance. They contrast nicely with the dark green, leathery leaves that have fairly good disease resistance, although they are somewhat prone to mildew. Plants grow about 5 feet tall. However, plants tend to be a little too tender in colder areas, unless they receive a lot of protection.
‘Bonica’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1982)This is the rose that, more than any other, persuaded gardeners to look again at roses for use as landscape shrubs. In 1987, ‘Bonica’ became the first shrub rose ever to be named an All-America Rose Selection. That is an honor awarded to just a couple of new roses each year, after a selection process based on evaluation in certified gardens all over the United States.
Vigorous and outstandingly healthy, ‘Bonica’ makes a fine accent in a mixed border, is a low-maintenance hedging plant, and works well with other shrubs in a foundation planting. Its 1-2 in (2.5 -5.0cm) diameter, medium pink, double flowers with lighter edges are produced in dusters in midsummer, with excellent repeat bloom.
‘Bonica ’82” Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1981)This shrub is so named to distinguish it from another rose called ‘Bonica’, although it is often listed in catalogs simply as ‘Bonica’. Warm pink, 1- to 2-inch flowers with light pink on the edges and the outsides of the petals appear in profusion on spreading, arching, 3- to 6-foot plants. Each flower has 40 or more petals. The tiny foliage is dark green, glossy, and very disease resistant.
‘Bon Siléne’ Roses (Tea, Introduced – 1837)This early example of a tea rose makes a shrub that is often as wide as it is tall. The buds are long and pointed, unfurling into fragrant, deep pink, loosely double flowers on long stems. Few roses bloom as long or as lavishly, for this sturdy bush bears flowers profusely throughout the growing season. In addition, the foliage usually remains clean and healthy even during southern summers. Finally, this bush is a vigorous grower. Not surprisingly, ‘Bon Siléne’ is an old favorite of southern gardeners and is often found as huge and thriving, though abandoned, bushes marking the sites of old homesteads.
‘Boule de Neige’ Roses (Burbon, Introduced – 1867)When the double white flowers of ‘Boule de Neige’ (ball of snow) are fully open, the outer petals roll back at the tips, which does give the blossoms a rounded, snowball-like look. Borne in clusters, the flowers are cream-colored rather than snow white and have a strong damask rose fragrance.
This is one of the Bourbons that performs particularly well in the Southeast -though in such a climate, midsummer may bring some blackspot. A vigorous shrub, it produces long, arching canes that can be tied down along a fence or wreathed around a pillar. ‘Boule de Neige’ also shows to good advantage flexing its muscles freely at the back of a border or bed.
‘Brass Ring’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1981)Pointed buds open into flat blooms that appear in large sprays. The very prolific 1 – to 1 1/4-inch flowers have 21 petals, and are coppery orange fading to rose-pink as they age. Leaves are small, pointed, and glossy on upright, 18-inch plants with arching stems.
‘Bride’s Dream’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1985)The large double flowers of ‘Bride’s Dream’ are pale pink, high centered, and lightly fragrant. They usually occur singly on the stem and appear in great abundance throughout the growing season. Foliage is dark green, and stems bear brown prickles.
The plant is a strong grower with a tall, upright habit. This rose can be situated in beds or borders, and its flowers are excellent for cutting and exhibition. ‘Bride’s Dream’ is judged by some growers to be the best hybrid tea in its color class.
‘Broadway’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1986)Blooms of ‘Broadway’ rose have 35 petals and are high centered, 4 to 5 inches across, and a lovely yellow with the petal edges tipped in pink. They also have a delicious fragrance. Plants grow 5 to 6 feet tall and are clothed with large, dark green, leathery foliage that resists disease. ‘Broadway’ also has better-than-average winter hardiness.
‘Brown Velvet’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1982)This is one of the few roses that the American Rose Society has classified as russet. This unique color results from an orange base with a purplish cast that therefore appears to be brown. Flowers 2 1/2 to 3 inches across have 35 petals and a slight fragrance, and appear in small sprays. The decorative blooms consist of a rounded mass of ruffled petals. The disease-resistant foliage is dark green, on 4-foot plants.
‘Buff Beauty’ Roses (Hybrid Musk, Introduced – 1939)The color of the 3- to 4-inch double flowers of ‘Buff Beauty’ ranges from buff yellow to deep apricot, depending on weather conditions. Richly fragrant, flattened blossoms are borne in clusters. The abundant foliage emerges bronze-red, turning a glossy dark green as it matures. Canes are smooth and brown.
This rose is a very attractive plant with a graceful, arching habit and is often broader than it is tall. This rose requires a lot of space but makes a lovely specimen. This rose can also be trained to a pillar or wall, or can be used as a ground cover on banks.
‘Butterscotch’ Roses (Climber, Introduced – 1986)Hybridizer William Warriner originally wanted to name this rose ‘Coffee and Cream’, a name that closely evokes its unusual tannish to golden brown color that fades as the flowers mature. Perhaps he should have, since the name ‘Butterscotch’ still technically belongs to a hybrid tea introduced in 1942. The slightly fragrant, 4 1/2- to 5 1/2-inch flowers have 25 loosely cupped petals and bloom in small clusters all season. Plants are slow growing to 8- to 10- feet and have medium green, semi-glossy foliage.