Learn about the easiest types of roses to grow in New England, all of which are hardy enough to survive — and even thrive — in our harsh climate.
By Shelley Wigglesworth
Jun 08 2022
Growing roses in New England can be tricky due to the often unpredictable weather that this region is known for. Roses that are strong and planted properly, however, can be surprisingly low maintenance once they are established. Here are the three easiest types of roses to grow in New England, all of which are hardy enough to survive — and even thrive — in our sometimes harsh climate. You’ll also find simple instructions for getting these New England roses to grow into healthy bushes that provide years of enjoyment.
Beach roses are fast-growing bushes that spread quickly and are covered with continually blooming pink or white flowers. They thrive in almost all soil types — from sandy beaches to roadside fences. Once planted, beach roses require very little attention, making them one of the easiest types of roses to grow anywhere.
A trellis hanging heavy with fragrant roses is a breathtaking and romantic sight, and one that has been seen in New England gardens for centuries. There are dozens of climbing roses to choose from. Consult your local nursery for available options.
Originally hybrids from China, these roses have evolved and have been successfully cultivated in northeastern gardens for many years, though they may require wood-framed protection in the winter. They are larger than most climbing roses and are very fragrant. Traditionally found in shades of pink and yellow, they are also available in white and red.
Mix together equal amounts (approximately 1/2 cup of each for a medium to large size bush — less for smaller plants) of peat, composted cow manure, bone meal, and potting soil.
If you’re looking for types of roses that will thrive in your zone, you can’t go wrong with these three easy roses. Let us know in the comments what your favorite roses to grow in New England are!
This post was first published in 2013 and has been updated.