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How to choose the best roses

There are thousands and thousands of wonderful roses to tempt you with their promises of beauty and huge blossoms. Now is the time to select and plant roses for next year’s rose beds. Find out here how to choose the most beautiful and best roses for your garden.

Many gardeners have probably fallen for a good offer on roses in the supermarket or at the nursery and have been disappointed that the roses have become sick or died – even when they were looked after to the letter.

Latest roses

To help you navigate through the selection process, here are a couple of tips. A good guiding principle is to select the latest varieties as they have, as a rule, been bred to more recent and more stringent requirements for beauty, continuous flowering, health and durability. Of course, there are many excellent old varieties, but as genetics develop over the years, new varieties are continuously improving.


If you want to be sure of choosing the best roses, it is a good idea to find out which roses have won awards in the many rose competitions held across the world every year. At these competitions, the roses are assessed over a period of 2-3 years by both experts and laypeople. The roses are scored and the best win awards for e.g. Best Fragrant Rose or Best Climbing Rose.

In the past couple of years, a few roses have distinguished themselves as top scorers. The beautiful red climbing rose Grand Award™ Poulcy014(N) has won as many as 12 awards, including Best Climbing Rose in Belfast and in France. The lovely pink rose Elaine Paige™ is this year’s top scorer and has won a total of 10 awards. These awards include Best Fragrant Rose in the Netherlands and Most Beautiful Rose of the Year in Monza in Italy. The roses Mamma Mia™ and Gorgeous™ have also been showered with awards.

If you take the trouble to find out whether the roses have won awards, you will be one step closer to ensuring successful planting of your rose beds for next year. 

Our roses and clematis are available at all good garden centres. Poulsen Roser A/S does not offer any plants for sale. If your local garden centre doesn't have the plants, they can order it for you.

Elaine Paige Grand Award Gorgeous Mamma Mia
Elaine Paige™ Grand Award™  Gorgeous™ Mamma Mia™ 
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