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13 Types of White Roses (With Pictures)

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When you think of roses, you typically think of pink or red roses. However, white roses are becoming increasingly popular. There are quite a few different varieties of white roses out there, so you can choose the best one for your needs.

In this article, we look at the classic white roses and a few new varieties.

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The 13 Types of White Roses

1. Winchester Cathedral Rose

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These English roses flower early in the year, making them perfect for those who want a flower that shows color early. They grow to an average size as far as roses are concerned and can be grown easily next to other flowers. They are commonly grown as border flowers and look best when paired with a contrasting flower of some sort.

They require full sun to grow correctly and must be placed in well-drained soil. They are otherwise not picky about the soil in which they are placed.


2. Bianco Rose

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Bianco roses (Image Credit: T.Kiya, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

These small flowers are ideal for those who don’t have much space. They grow to only about 45 cm, making them smaller than most other options. They are pure white flowers that make great choices for a patio or similar area.

However, these flowers do not have any fragrance, which can be a turn-off. They do flower from early summer and well into autumn, though.

Like most roses, they require full sun to grow properly. They also prefer well-drained soil, though moist soil is also fine.


3. Iceberg Rose

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This rose breed was first bred in the 1960s and has been a classic ever since. You can grow it as both a shrub and a climber. These flowers are great for the money because they flower for months. They also release a light fragrance, so they can be placed on patios or grown as vines on porches.

They do require full sun and need well-drained soil, which matches what most roses prefer.


4. White Flower Carpet Rose

For those looking for ground-cover roses, this breed is a good choice. These flowers are pure white and grow to be small. They can handle partial sun, which is unusual for a rose species.

Generally, these flowers are among the easiest to care for, making them ideal for those who are new to gardening. They don’t usually look as grand as most other roses, though. It is best to plant them in raised boxes or as carpet plants.


5. Adelaide d’Orleans Rose

These flowers are easily among the most eye-catching ones out there. They have pinkish-white buds that are medium-sized. They only bloom in the middle of summer for a short time, but many people consider them worth it because of their beauty.

While these flowers are lightly scented, their main draw is their appearance. Their foliage stays green for much of the year.

This flower grows quickly. Therefore, you’ll need a frame or tree to support their growth. They require full sun and well-drained soil.


6. Partridge Rose

These are decently easy to grow and give off a significant amount of fragrance. These small, white flowers bloom for several weeks at a time. Generally, they are used as ground cover, but you can also encourage them to climb.

Their leaves are evergreen and are covered in tiny orange hips in the colder months.

The partridge is one of the few roses that can handle partial sun, and it isn’t too picky about the soil that it is placed in. Therefore, these flowers seem to be easier to grow than many other options on the market.


7. Madame Hardy Rose

This breed is extremely old, dating back to the 1830s. They are gorgeous flowers that are full of petals and have a strong fragrance. They also have a green eye in the center of each flower, which sets them apart.

However, they only bloom for a short time. They can handle partial sun, but they do need well-drained soil.


8. Rambling Rector Rose

These flowers are magnificent, but they grow quickly and are quite tall. In many cases, they can reach up to 6 m. Therefore, they require significant structure to help support them. The roses are pure white and fragrant. They also have orange hips in the autumn.

They can be grown in partial sun, so they do well under a mature tree that can support their growth. They like well-drained soil or moist soil.


9. White Parfum de Provence Rose

These simple flowers have one white bloom on a single stem, making them perfect for cutting. They also have a powerful perfume and are easy to find because they are among the most popular white roses.

Unlike most roses, they can be grown in partial shade, though they do need moist soil.


10. Desdemona Rose

These elegant English roses have a strong fragrance that is released most often in the early morning hours. Their buds start as a blush color but quickly turn to pure white after they are fully opened. Usually, these flowers are repeatedly produced from early summer into autumn. Therefore, they bloom longer than most other flowers on this list.

They do need full sun, though. In many cases, they are utilized for mixed flower borders.


11. Boule de Neige Rose

This French rose looks more like a camellia than a rose. They have a silky texture and grow in small clusters of white flowers. They flower repeatedly throughout the year.

They have a strong scent, but they do not grow vigorously. While they can get about 1.5 m tall, they have a small spread at only 1 m.


12. Countess of Wessex Rose

For those looking for a long-lasting flower, this is the one to get. It typically flowers from the last frost of the season until the first frost of the next, making it one of the longest flowering roses on this list. It is strongly scented, though the flowers are more cream-colored than pure white.

These flowers grow in single buds at the end of a stem, making them great for cutting. They look like classic roses, except they are cream-colored instead of red.

You can grow these shorter flowers in full sun along a border, or you can utilize them as a climbing flower.


13. Rosa Rugosa Rose

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If you’re looking for hedging rose, look no further than this breed. They are specifically designed for hedging. Their tough nature makes them perfect for beginners because they can put up with many mistakes. They will grow in sandy soil and partial sunlight, for instance.

They grow as single, fragrant flowers that then turn into large, orange hips that are known to attract birds.

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Conclusion

There are many different varieties of white roses that you can choose from. From hedge-like roses to climbers, you can find an option to suit just about any garden out there.

Most roses require full sun and well-drained soil to grow properly. However, there are a few expectations. Some of the flowers on this list can deal with partial sun, for instance. Therefore, don’t fret if you don’t have the conditions for traditional roses. You may still be able to find something suitable.


Featured Image Credit: alybaba, Shutterstock

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