18 favorite roses to grow Whether for fragrance, a long-lasting cut flower, or a beautiful habit, there are a million and one reasons to grow roses—here are a few of our favorites ‘Iceberg’ Snowy white blooms cover this floribunda. This one also does great on a foggy coastal setting. Pinterest ‘Brilliant Pink Iceberg’ Deep pink and cream blooms are profuse on this floribunda rose. 'Fourth of July' This climbing rose has abundant clusters of striped red and white flowers. Make sure you give it a sturdy trellis, pergola, or wall to climb. 'Julia Child' An award-winning rose, this floribunda has buttery yellow blooms and a sweet fragrance. ‘Marmalade Skies’ We love this floribunda with tangerine-orange blooms on strong stems. ‘Easy Going’ This floribunda has bright green foliage and peachy golden yellow blooms that don’t fade. ‘Preference’ Crimson blooms on a very disease-resistant bush make this rose a real winner from the coast to the desert. ‘Ebb Tide’ This fragrant floribunda has deep purple blooms that are darkest in cooler weather. 'Abraham Darby' This David Austin beauty has apricot-to-yellow blooms. It’s sweetly fragrant and a repeat bloomer. ‘Betty Boop’ Three-inch double blooms of yellow-ivory with cherry red edges cover this shrub rose. 'Hot Cocoa' A Sunset test garden favorite, this floribunda rose has ruffled petals and a color that’s hard to describe: Orange-brown with hints of purple. ‘Memorial Day’ This gorgeous hybrid tea has large pink flowers and an intoxicating scent. Things come and go in the Sunset test garden, but we always keep ‘Memorial Day’. 'Ballerina' Blooming well into autumn, this hybrid musk rose has pink-edged white blooms. 'Mister Lincoln' This classic hybrid tea rose has long, deep red blossoms and a deeply sweet fragrance. ‘Golden Celebration’ This David Austin rose has peachy-yellow blooms and is exceptionally fragrant. It’s another Sunset test garden favorite. 'Phyllis Bide' This David Austin climber has small pale yellow flowers with flushes of salmon pink. 'Carefree Wonder' This low grower covers itself in sweetheart pink roses throughout the summer. ‘About Face’ This very showy All-America winner is a grandiflora with bronzy-red bloom exteriors that open to bright orange-gold inside.