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13 Various Types of White Roses (With Pictures)

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Roses add color and appealing aromas to your yard, and some varieties are much easier to grow than expected. When you think of roses, you typically think of pink or red roses. However, white roses are becoming increasingly popular. There are several varieties of white roses available, so you can choose the best one for your needs. In this article, we’ll look at the classic white roses and a few new varieties.

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The 13 Various Types of White Roses

1. Winchester Cathedral Rose

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Winchester Cathedral roses flower early in the year, which is ideal if you can’t wait to see them bloom. 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 contrasting varieties. They require full sun to grow correctly and must be placed in well-drained soil but aren’t picky about the soil’s texture.

2. Bianco Rose

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

Biancos have small flowers that are ideal for those who don’t have much space. They grow only about 17 inches, which is smaller than most other varieties. Their pure white flowers make great choices for a patio or similar area.

However, the flowers do not have a fragrance, which can be disappointing to some gardeners. They flower from early summer and well into autumn, however. Like most roses, they require full sun to grow properly. They also prefer well-drained soil, though moist soil is also acceptable.

3. Iceberg Rose

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

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

4. White Flower Carpet Rose

For those looking for ground-cover roses, the White Flower Carpet is a good choice. The flowers are pure white and grow to be small. They can handle partial sun, which is unusual for a rose.

Generally, the White Flower Carpets are among the easiest to care for, making them ideal for those new to gardening. They don’t look as stunning as other varieties, however. It is best to plant them in raised boxes or as carpet plants.

5. Adelaide d’Orleans Rose

The Adelaide d’Orleans are easily among the most eye-catching roses available. They have pinkish-white, medium-sized buds. They only bloom in the middle of summer for a short time, but many consider them worth it because of their beauty.

While the flowers are lightly scented, their main draw is their appearance since their foliage stays green for much of the year. The Adelaide d’Orleans grows quickly, and you’ll need a frame or tree to support their growth. They require full sun and well-drained soil.

6. Partridge Rose

The Partridge rose is easy to grow and emits a strong fragrance. The small, white flowers bloom for several weeks at a time. Generally, they are used as ground cover, but you can encourage them to climb.

Their evergreen leaves are covered in tiny orange hips in the colder months. The partridge is one of the few roses that can handle partial sun and isn’t too picky about the soil that it is placed in.

7. Madame Hardy Rose

The Madame Hardy rose dates back to the 1830s. They are gorgeous flowers full of petals and 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 need well-drained soil.

8. Rambling Rector Rose

Rambling Rectors are magnificent, but they grow quickly and are taller than most varieties. In many cases, they can grow up to 20 feet tall. Therefore, they require significant structure to help support them.

The roses are pure white and fragrant, and they produce orange hips in the autumn. They can be grown in partial sun, but they do well under a mature tree that can support their growth. They like well-drained or moist soil.

9. White Parfum de Provence Rose

The White Parfum de Provence has one white bloom on a single stem, making it perfect for cutting. They also have a potent 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 but need moist soil.

10. Desdemona Rose

These elegant Desdemona roses have a strong fragrance that is released most often in the early morning hours. Their buds are blue but quickly turn to pure white after they are fully opened. Usually, Desdemonas are repeatedly produced from early summer into autumn. Therefore, they bloom longer than most other flowers on this list. They need full sun and are sometimes used in mixed flower borders.

11. Boule de Neige Rose

The Boule de Neige 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 grow almost 5 feet tall, they have a small spread at only 3 feet.

12. Countess of Wessex Rose

For those looking for a long-lasting flower, the Countess of Wessex is ideal. 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.

The 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 the Countess of Wessex roses in full sun along a border or utilize them as a climbing flower.

13. Rosa Rugosa Rose

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If you’re looking for a hedging rose, look no further than the Rosa Rugosa. They are specifically designed for hedging. Their tough nature makes them perfect for beginners because they can tolerate various conditions. They will grow in sandy soil and partial sunlight, for instance. They grow as single, fragrant flowers that turn into large, orange hips known to attract birds.

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There are several varieties of white roses that you can choose from. From hedge-like roses to climbers, you can find one to suit any yard or garden. Most roses require full sun and well-drained soil to grow properly. However, there are a few expectations. For instance, some of the flowers on this list can tolerate partial sun. Therefore, don’t fret if your location doesn’t have the conditions for traditional roses. You may still be able to find something suitable.

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