10 Rose garden ideas

There’s no such thing as a formal rose garden! Make your rose garden whatever you would like it to be. From rose gardens that cover the ground to those that reach up high, they are spectacular to look at. Learn how you can grow your garden roses and fill your outdoor space with beautiful flowers. There are many rose varieties to choose from as well as ideas to use.

Hedge of pink roses
10 rose garden ideas

1. Create a hedge of rose bushes

Roses perform beautifully as a hedge on any landscape. Stick with neutral tones or blush pink to keep the garden cool and calm. A hedge of roses is a great way to block the rest of your garden from view, create a barrier between yourself and your neighbors, or border part of your land. They also do nicely lining a garden path.

Rose arch
10 rose garden ideas

2. Grow climbing roses up an arch

While many archways are beautiful, they can be made even lovelier using roses. This is a special way to bring both height and color to your garden arches. This technique is especially useful if you are trying to obscure garden arches or walls from view. Find a classic rambler and watch the repeating flower do its job across the trellises. You might also enjoy lining a path with rose arches if you have the space. This makes a lovely space for photographs and relaxation.

Cutting garden of roses
10 rose garden ideas

3. Plant a rose cutting garden for fresh bouquets

Dedicate a spot in your garden for fresh bouquets of flowers. Plant a beautiful rose garden and trim certain areas of it for bouquets while letting the rest of the bush continue to grow. Plant a variety of fragrant roses that will do nicely in a bouquet. There are many miniature roses, garden roses, and easy-to-grow varieties of roses that do well in a bouquet. Place the bouquet in your home for decor or feature it at an event. Cut the stems at an angle and provide them with plenty of fresh water daily for the longest vase life.

4. Plant roses for a wildlife garden

Beautiful wild rose species provide lovely food for wildlife in your area. The brightly colored flowers grow well in the spring and summer months, providing a food source for pollinators like bees. Be careful, as your rose bushes may also attract animals you don’t want eating up your garden. Rabbits, deer, and Japanese beetles also favor rose bushes. Be sure to put up any necessary fencing to keep larger critters out if necessary.

5. Grow roses around trees

Instead of having a plain tree growing in the center of your garden, add a rose bush beneath, and you’ll have a romantic feature in the garden during the summer. It is recommended that you choose a free-flowering rambler that won’t smother the tree it’s planted with. Many of these have smaller orange flowers on them that look awesome poking through the greenery. One advantage to this growing method is that there is little maintenance needed in your rose garden once these plants are established.

6. Grow roses as ground cover plants

Create a flower carpet using rose bushes. Low-growing roses like ‘Drift’ series cultivars quickly sprawl over the ground and cover up bare soil. They are great at suppressing weeds and many have semi-double flowers that pollinators seek for nectar. Using roses as ground cover is a great way to add a pop of color near your homes walkway or entrance area. Use rose garden ideas like this all across your yard.

7. Pair roses with lavender

Pairing roses and lavender will give your garden a lovely cottage garden feel. It’s a classic combination that will bring wonderful color and fragrance to your property. Try planting a combination like Boscobel rose with English lavender. This pairing is easy to maintain and the colors do so well together. For something a little different, opt for orange roses with white lavender for a fresh and unexpected look.

8. Plant roses in color blocks

Some formal rose gardens use color blocking to make the roses stand out. This display is show-stopping and allows you to plant various roses. You might include modern rose types like the Hybrid tea among floribunda and shrub roses. The difference in appearance between their large flowers and clusters will provide a nice contrast in your rose garden.

9. Plant roses in mixed border gardens

Uses roses to bring a pop of colors to perennials plants and greenery. Plant them within a mixed border of shrubs to provide both color and height to the landscape. They do well alongside Achillea Mollis and Sea Holly. Let them soften the look of the garden and add some wonderful fragrance.

10. Use roses along a white picket fence

Use a white fence as a blank canvas and let the roses be the paint. Plant rose bushes along a white fence and watch them turn the fence into a rainbow of color each spring and summer. This rose-filled garden will make passersby stop and smile. I love this rose garden design because it makes the world feel a little brighter.

Apply these ideas to your new rose garden and follow along for more rose garden ideas in the future. I hope a combination of climbing roses, ground cover roses, and arches filled with roses brings some life to your garden.

Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a gardening expert and founder of Home for the Harvest. She's also an engineer and certified permaculture garden designer. Mary Jane has been featured by publications such as Real Simple, Mother Earth News, Homes & Gardens, Heirloom Gardener, and Family Handyman.