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5050 SE Stark

9000 SE Division, 503-788-9000

Portland, OR

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Portland Nursery

ROSES

Each year at Portland Nursery we carry more than 300 varieties of roses. Our roses begin to arrive in January and our selection is complete by the beginning of March.

Rose types

At Portland Nursery we divide our rose selections into eleven Rose Class subsections. (Click on the links to go to class definition)


Climbing Roses

Modern climbing roses are no more than very tall-growing versions of shrub roses. Most grow to about 8-12’ tall, and require tying and support. They will not twine around a post on their own. Climbing roses that are grown only vertically will produce flowers only on the tips of their growth, so for best flower production, train upward and then outward. Any rambler roses we may carry (30-40’ and one bloom) are kept in the Heritage subsection.

A few of our favorite climbing roses: (click to enlarge photos)

All Ablaze Rose Cecile Brunner CI Rose Iceberg CI Rose Joseph's Coat Rose Zephirine Drouhin Rose
All Ablaze Cecile
Brunner CI
Iceberg CI Joseph's Coat Zephirine Drouhin

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English Roses

One of the newest races of roses, bred by David Austin. These combine the very large, densely petalled look and heavy scent of antique roses with modern virtues of smaller sized bushes and repeat bloom. Many grow as the Hybrid Teas, upright and shrubby, but a few, like ‘Graham Thomas’, grow to be very large. Sometimes growth is spindly the first couple of years, but eventually they form a strong plant. Pruning - Most are thinned of crossing and weak growth. Then cut back the remaining canes by 1/3 of the total growth.

A few of our favorite English roses: (click to enlarge photos)

Abraham Darby Rose Falstaff Rose Graham Thomas Rose Lady Emma Hamilton Rose Windermere Rose
Abraham Darby® Falstaff Graham Thomas Lady Emma Hamilton Windermere

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Floribunda Roses

Flowers occur in clusters and are typically smaller than Hybrid Tea roses. Used for cutting and garden display. Often plants grow in a more shrubby round shape. Disease resistance varies. Pruning - Remove all twiggy and crossing growth. Shorten remaining canes to ½ the original length. Cut just above the nearest outward-facing bud.

A few of our favorite Floribunda roses: (click to enlarge photos)

Betty Boop Rose Black Cherry Rose Ebb Tide Rose Hot Cocoa Rose Lime Sublime Rose
Betty Boop™ Black Cherry Ebb Tide™ Hot Cocoa™ Lime Sublime™

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Grandiflora Roses

Grandiflora roses bear very large multiple roses at the ends of strong tall stems. Generally they have larger bloom and a much taller habit, often over 5’ tall, with good disease resistance. Their long stems and classic rose form lend them well to cutting and using in arrangements. Pruning - Prune like the hybrid teas, but leave selected canes at 24-36” long.

A few of our favorite Grandiflora roses: (click photo to enlarge)

About Face Rose Catalina Rose Heart O'Gold Rose Melody Parfumee Rose Queen Elizabeth Rose
About Face™ Catalina Heart O'Gold Melody Parfumée™ Queen Elizabeth

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Heritage Roses

These are roses which have been in cultivation since 1850 or earlier. Moss roses, Musk, Bourbon, Alba and Damask roses are found in this group. Many of these are very large shrubs (think blackberry brush) with incredible old-rose scented flowers. Some will bloom only once per season for a few brilliant weeks in spring, and a few will repeat bloom. Pruning - Plan to have a pair of sheers in one hand and a tome on old roses in the other!

We carry a select few Heritage roses. Here are some examples:

  • Baronne Prevost - 1842 Hybrid Perpetual
  • Madame Plantier - 1835 Alba
  • Rose de Rescht – ancient rose from Persia, introduced to the trade in 1940
  • Souvenir de la Malmaison – 1843 Bourbon

Our favorite Heritage roses: (click photo to enlarge)

Baronne Prevost Rose Madame Plantier Rose Rose de Rescht Rose Souvenir de la Malmaison Rose
Baronne Prévost Madame Plantier Rose de Rescht Souvenir de la Malmaison

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Hybrid Tea Roses

The most popular rose by far, providing a tremendous range of color, fragrance, form, and disease resistance. It is generally long stemmed with a single rose per stem. Pruning - Select the 5 to 7 most robust canes and remove all other to the point of origin. Prune the selected canes to 18-24” long. Cut just above an out facing dormant bud or leaf scar.

Some of our favorites are: (click photo to enlarge)

Aromatherapy Rose Double Delight Rose John F. Kennedy Rose Mister Lincoln Rose Spellbound Rose
Aromatherapy Double Delight™ John F. Kennedy Mister Lincoln Spellbound

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Landscape Roses

These roses vary greatly in growth from ground cover roses to large shrub roses. Most require less maintenance than other types. Generally, they are marketed as disease resistant. To be used as a summer flowering shrub in the landscape. Usually mediocre cutting flowers. Pruning - Varies by cultivar. Please ask for details at Information.

A few of our favorite landscape roses: (click to enlarge photos)

Carefree Spirit Rose Double Knockout Rose Fragrant Lavender Simplicity Rose Snowcone Rose Baby Love Rose
Carefree
Spirit
Double Knockout Fragrant Lavender Simplicity® Snowcone Baby Love™

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Miniature Roses

These are like smaller versions of Hybrid Tea Roses. They have mini flowers rather than a mini plant. Although, the plant size is generally in proportion to the flowers. Micro mini roses are available seasonally through the color department.

A few of our favorite miniature roses: (click to enlarge photos)

Autumn Sunblaze Rose Warm & Fuzzy Rose Lemondrop Rose Raspberry Punch Rose Ruby Ruby Rose
Autumn Sunblaze® Warm &
Fuzzy
Lemondrop Raspberry Punch Ruby Ruby™

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Rugosa Roses

Our hardiest and most disease resistant roses. Many are five petaled and many form enormous rose hips. The range in height and color is vast. Most repeat bloom. Pruning - None required, though some may be desired. Do not spray.

A few of our favorite Rugosa roses: (click to enlarge photos)

Blanc Double de Coubert Rose Coffeebean Rose Purple Pavement Rose Topaz Jewel Rose Wildberry Breeze Rose
Blanc Double de Coubert Rosa Rugosa Purple Pavement Topaz Jewel Wildberry Breeze

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Species Roses

These are “wild” roses, as they occur in nature, not a hybrid. Most grow large and have only one annual bloom. These are for large gardens. Pruning - Little or none required.

A few of our favorite wild roses: (click to enlarge photos)

Rosa nutkana Rosa banksia lutea Rosa glauca rubrifolia Rose 'Topaz Jewel' Rosa woodsii
Rosa nutkana Rosa banksiae lutea Rosa glauca rubrifolia Rosa pisocarpa Rosa woodsii

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Thank-you to Peggy Acott and our suppliers for the photos:

Lady Emma Hamilton

Roses at Portland Nursery

PORTLAND NURSERY ROSES

Our bare root roses arrive in January and February from reputable growers in Oregon and California.

Upon arrival they are treated with mycorrhizal fungi, a beneficial fungus that helps roots to grow faster, and are then potted to allow for root production and protection.

All of our roses are sold in pots, rather than bare root. You can find our best selection of roses in March and early April when our potting process is complete.

Rose flowers are hard to resist, so when they bloom, our selection fades. Please call in advance to find current availability.

Our stock changes daily, please call the either of our locations for availability.

See our brochure on Rose Care .

potted roses

Potted Roses

potted roses

Potted Roses

rose bed

Bare Rose Bed

Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll'

'Gertrude Jekyll'

Rose 'Citrus Splash'

'Citrus Splash'

Rose 'Citrus Splash'

'Peace'