23 of the Best Rose Varieties for Creating a Hedge

Instead of growing a boring old green hedge like everyone else, imagine if yours could be covered in roses.

Just picture what it would look like when your hedge is in bloom with elegant blossoms and depending on the type, providing a heavenly fragrance as well.

A horizontal image of a hedge of pink roses growing outside a light blue cottage pictured in bright sunshine on a summer's day.

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The ideal hedge rose is dense and able to support itself without sprawling all over the place.

While you can create a large hedge using climbing roses, keep in mind they’ll need support. A hedge taller than about six feet will generally require some support.

Speaking of, you aren’t restricted to one type. You could combine multiple types for lots of color and endless blooms.

We’ll give you various options, from shorter hedges that stay about three feet tall, to taller options that can give you some privacy from the neighbors.

Here’s the lineup:

Before we talk about the best options, let’s clarify some terms.

Rose flowers are often described based on the number of petals, a bloom with fewer than seven petals is called a “single,” while “semi-double” describes those with eight to 15 petals.

“Double” flowers have 16 to 25, “full” have 26 to 40, and those with over 40 petals are called “very full.”

You can learn more about these and other rose classifications in our guide. And while you’re at it, check out our guide to growing roses if you’re new to cultivating these flowers.

Now let’s discuss 23 of the best rose varieties for hedges.

1. Abraham Darby

‘Abraham Darby’ is not one of the most well-known David Austin roses, but this cultivar deserves a second and third look.

The pinkish-apricot flowers are large and very full, wth cupped petals on the outside and ruffled petals at the center.

It flowers prolifically with large clusters appearing perpetually throughout the growing season.

A close up square image of two 'Abraham Darby' blooms with foliage in soft focus in the background.

‘Abraham Darby’

It’s also the perfect option if you want a taller hedge, because it can reach up to ten feet tall with support, or you can keep it shorter at six feet or so with pruning and skip the support.

Find bare roots for planting in Zones 4 to 9 available at Burpee.

2. At Last

If you’ve been waiting for a classic floribunda with an intensely sweet scent and the disease resistance of a modern rose, you can breathe a sigh of “at last.”

This rose grows up to three feet tall and wide with large, full flowers in a peachy hue. It blooms with large clusters that appear in flushes all season long.

A close up square image of a single 'At Last' rose pictured on a soft focus background.

At Last®

For those who live in Zones 5 to 9, you can enjoy At Last® as a low hedge by grabbing a few in two-gallon pots at Fast Growing Trees.

3. Dee-Lish

It would be hard to ever grow tired of the delightful flowers on Dee-Lish®, aka ‘Meiclusif.’

This Meilland rose has large, full flowers that appear in flushes throughout the season in small groups or singly.

The blooms have a strong rose-citrus fragrance that smells almost good enough to eat.

Sounds pretty nice, right? We haven’t even touched on the petal colors. Each one has an ombre effect that goes from fuchsia red at the base to pale pink at the tips.

A close up square image of deep pink 'Dee-Lish' roses pictured on a soft focus background.

Dee-Lish®

It grows in Zones 5 to 9, where it can reach just under five feet tall and just under five feet wide.

Scoop up one for your garden in a #3 container at Nature Hills Nursery.

4. Distant Drums

If I could only have one rose, whether in a hedge or not, it would be ‘Distant Drums.’

Besides being extremely disease resistant and tolerant of some shade, it’s also cold hardy, suitable for cultivation in Zones 4b to 10b.

A horizontal image of the buds and blooms of 'Distant Drums' pictured on a dark soft focus background.

The flowers are unique, with outer petals that have a sweet lilac hue, while the center petals are bronze-brown. The buds emerge dark pink and young flowers have pinkish inner petals.

Add to that the strong anise and myrrh fragrance of the large, full blossoms, and you have something truly exceptional.

The shrub itself grows to about four feet tall with strong, upright canes and a dense habit, making it ideal for a hedge. Flowers appear in flushes throughout the season.

This is a Griffith Buck rose, which explains why it’s such a sturdy, tough option. Dr. Buck only grew roses that could survive the cold Iowa winters without any help from the gardener.

5. Double Knock Out

It’s pretty hard to find a more easygoing rose than a Knock Out®.

They don’t have the most impressive blossoms, but they’ll bloom and bloom without deadheading, rigorous pruning, or chemicals.

The Double Knock Out®, aka ‘Radtko’ has fuller blossoms than the original, with medium, double blooms in small clusters.

A close up square image of bright red Double Knock Out roses growing in the garden.

Double Knock Out®

Hardy enough to grow in Zones 4 to 9, the dense growth makes it perfect to grow as a hedge.

It also has the ideal size of four feet tall and wide. The pinky-red flowers are eye-catching and appear in flushes all season.

Planting Tree carries plants in one-, two-, and three-gallon options.

6. Ebb Tide

Every year in early May, my ‘Ebb Tide’ starts to open its deep purple flowers and my home is filled with the heady fragrance of clove.

I intentionally planted mine under my bedroom window, and I refuse to close my window when the plant is in bloom. The fragrance is that magical.

The large, full flowers grow in small clusters in flushes throughout the season on an upright shrub that grows to about four feet tall and wide.

If you keep up deadheading, it’ll produce even more flowers.

A close up square image of deep purple 'Ebb Tide' blooms with foliage in soft focus in the background.

‘Ebb Tide’

Bonus: the canes are nearly thornless, so this one is ideal for hedges in areas where kids and pets hang out.

In Zones 6b through 9b, it’s a disease-resistant option that’s available at Nature Hills in #2 and #3 containers.

7. Flavorette

All rose flowers are edible, but not all of them taste fantastic.

If you like to focus on dual-purpose plants in your garden by choosing edible ornamentals, Flavorette® is an excellent choice.

It’s not just fragrant, with its fruity, sweet, spicy scent, or flavorful, with its notes of spicy rose. The medium, very full flowers are gorgeous.

Each petal is apricot on the top and soft pink on the reverse.

A close up of orange roses growing in the garden as a hedge.

Flavorette®

You can grow this three foot tall and wide shrub in Zones 4b to 9a. If you’d like to add this honey-sweet option to your hedge, head to Burpee for live plants.

8. Hawkeye Belle

When the petals are young on Buck’s ‘Hawkeye Belle,’ they’re a beautiful ballerina pink.

As they fully open, they transform to such a pale pink they appear almost white. As such, the large, full flowers offer an ever-changing show.

They appear in flushes on the plant throughout the spring, summer, on a shrub that is five feet tall and just a bit less wide.

It’s ideal for Zones 4b to 10b, with legendary disease resistance. And the strong floral fragrance? It makes her the belle of any ball.

The only drawback is that the blossoms tend to ball in wet weather, so it’s best avoided in areas with extra wet springs.

9. Hyde Hall

If you want to grow a tall hedge, ‘Hyde Hall’ should fit into your plans.

It grows up to six feet tall without any support required and when I say it’s floriferous, that description hardly does it justice.

A close up horizontal image of a pink rose covered in water droplets growing in the garden.

The medium, very full, pink blossoms appear in small clusters all season long and there are a ton of them.

When in full bloom, it can be hard to see the foliage underneath. This David Austin thrives in Zones 4b to 11 and is extremely disease resistant.

10. Julia Child

A rose truly befitting everyone’s favorite French chef, Julia Child™ is a floribunda that has large, full flowers in a yellow hue that would make its butter-loving namesake proud.

It’s resistant to mildew, tolerates heat, and is hardy enough to thrive in Zones 5b to 10a.

A square image of a 'Julia Child' shrub in full bloom.

Julia Child™

The flowers appear in clusters or singly throughout the season. Take a deep inhale when they’re in bloom and enjoy the strong, anise-like scent.

It grows to about three feet tall and a touch less wide. Start your garden cooking by snagging a few at Nature Hills in #3 containers.

11. Ketchup and Mustard

The vibrant blend of red and mustard yellow on this floribunda is enough to make you hungry.

The tops of the petals are true red, with deep yellow on the undersides, creating a unique, dimensional, multi-color appeal.

Each flower is medium and double, with a mild apple scent. They grow in small clusters in flushes from spring through fall.

A square image of a bouquet of 'Ketchup and Mustard' roses pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Ketchup and Mustard’

The shrub can grow up to five feet tall and about three feet wide, and is drought-tolerant.

You can find ‘Ketchup and Mustard’ plants in three-gallon containers for growing in Zones 5 to 9 at Fast Growing Trees.

12. Lady of Shalott

‘Lady of Shalott’ is resistant to many fungal diseases, with the exception of black spot, while performing reliably year after year with orange-apricot-salmon blossoms.

The very full flowers of this David Austin rose are medium-sized and grow in small clusters, which repeat from spring through fall.

You can snip clusters off your hedge to use in cut flower arrangements and enjoy the apple and clove fragrance indoors. Or, leave them in place and let them fill your garden with their heavenly scent.

A close up of 'Lady of Shalott' roses in full bloom growing as a hedge.

‘Lady of Shalott’

You can also choose how tall you let this shrub grow. It will reach up to eight feet tall if you give it support.

Otherwise, it can grow to about six feet tall before the branches start to arch and weep.

Hardy in Zones 5 to 10, it’s available as a bare root at Burpee.

13. Mister Lincoln

It seems like anytime I make a list of roses to recommend, ‘Mister Lincoln’ shows up somewhere on it.

Best red roses? Best fragrance? Disease resistance? Perfect for a hedge? Check, check, check, and check.

In this case, ‘Mister Lincoln’ fills the bill with its dense growth, sturdy, upright canes, and tough personality.

The very large, full, deep red roses that bloom in flushes look like they’re made out of velvet on a shrub that can grow a bit over six feet tall and half as wide, making it a perfect option for a taller hedge.

A close up square image of a single 'Mister Lincoln' rose pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Mister Lincoln’

It’s suitable for Zones 7 to 10.

You can find ‘Mister Lincoln’ available in #2 containers at Nature Hills Nursery.

14. Olivia Rose Austin

‘Olivia Rose Austin’ looks like a delicate flower with her pale pink, large, very full blossoms with cupped outer petals and ruffled inner petals.

The blossoms are sometimes mistaken for peonies, but the fragrance is all floral.

A horizontal image of pink 'Olivia Austin' roses growing in the garden.

Underneath that delicate exterior is one tough cookie.

This David Austin shrub is incredibly tough, resistant to most fungal diseases, grows vigorously to just under five feet tall and wide, and can thrive in Zones 5 to 11, making it ideal as a carefree hedge.

15. Pinkerbelle

This blush pink Meilland hybrid tea has pale petals rimmed with a darker pink border. The flowers are large and very full, appearing singly on long, strong stems.

If you made a wish for a dense grower that puts out fragrant blooms in flushes and can reach up to six feet tall in Zones 5 to 9, your wish is granted.

A square image of 'Pinkerbelle' roses growing in the garden.

Pinkerbelle™

You don’t need a magic wand or fairy dust to add this beauty to your garden.

Visit Fast Growing Trees to find one of your own in two- or three-gallon containers.

16. Poet’s Wife

If you’re a David Austin fan, this one should be on your list for planting a hedge.

‘Poet’s Wife’ has an upright growth habit with strong canes that grow up to four feet tall and just a touch less wide.

When in bloom, which occurs in flushes throughout the season, the large, very full flowers grow in small clusters of buttery yellow blossoms that fade to creamy yellow as they age.

A vertical image of a bouquet of yellow 'Poet's Wife' blooms pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Poet’s Wife’

It’s a feast for the senses in more than one way, with a heady lemon fragrance.

Gardeners in Zones 6 to 9 should visit Burpee to pick up a few for their garden hedge.

17. Princess Alexandra of Kent

If fragrance is high on your list for your hedge, ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ is an exceptional and prolific option.

This David Austin rose has huge, bright pink, very full flowers that grow in clusters throughout the season.

A close up horizontal image of a single 'Princess Alexandra' bloom with foliage in soft focus in the background.

Then there’s the fragrance. It’s a perfect blend of lemon and rose, and you can catch it on the breeze even when you aren’t anywhere near the plant – that’s how strong it is.

’Princess Alexandra of Kent’ grows well in Zones 4b to 8b and is resistant to fungal diseases.

18. Princess Charlene de Monaco

I have abused my poor Princess Charlene de Monaco®. I originally had her in a large container, then decided I wanted her in the ground, realized I didn’t like where I’d put her, and then a tree branch fell on her.

You’d think she would have called it a day by now, but she keeps on performing. And what a show!

This hybrid tea Meilland rose has the palest peachy-pink large, very full double flowers that resemble peonies and appear in small clusters throughout the season.

They don’t ball in rainy weather, have strong stems that don’t fall over, and the plant is resistant to fungal problems.

A square image of the large pink, double 'Princess Charlene de Monaco' flowers.

Princess Charlene de Monaco®

Princess Charlene de Monaco® can reach a bit over five feet tall and half as wide and doesn’t require much pruning to maintain its shape.

If you live in Zones 5 to 10, head to Nature Hills to grab your own princess in a #3 container.

19. Stiletto

Any yard featuring a Stiletto™ hedge is going to be the talk of the town.

The large, double flowers on this Meilland hybrid tea are a riot of color featuring carmine pink and dark red with purple shading that doesn’t fade with age.

These flowers appear in continual flushes throughout the season and fill your garden with a strong old rose, fruity fragrance. They appear singly, which makes them ideal for cut flowers.

A square image of a single deep pink 'Stiletto' rose growing in the garden pictured in light sunshine.

Stiletto™

The shrub is resistant to fungal diseases and can stretch all the way up to six feet tall without support. Suitable for cultivation Zones 6 to 9.

You can find plants available in three-gallon containers at Fast Growing Trees.

20. The Country Parson

With a very English sounding name, this English rose by David Austin is no shrinking violet.

The medium-sized, very full flowers look delicate with their pretty yellow hue, fruity fragrance, and intensely wrinkled petals, but this plant is a tough shrub.

‘The Country Parson’ produces continually from spring through fall on a vigorous shrub that can grow to about four feet tall. It’s disease-resistant and hardy enough for Zones 4 to 11.

21. The Fairy

Straight out of a fairytale, this polyantha has large clusters of small, double, ballerina pink blossoms that appear consistently throughout the season.

If you get in close, you can enjoy the mild apple fragrance, and you might even spot a fairy flitting around. Or was that a butterfly?

It grows about three to four feet tall and wide and resists common rose diseases like powdery mildew and black spot.

In full sun locations, the flowers take on a pale pink, almost white hue as they age, but with a bit of afternoon shade they’ll stay a darker pink.

A square image of light pink 'The Fairy' roses growing in the garden.

‘The Fairy’

It’s also tough in cold weather, and able to thrive in Zones 4 to 9.

You can find ‘The Fairy’ in #3 containers available at Nature Hills Nursery.

22. Twilight

Your next stop: the ‘Twilight’ zone!

This petite shrub grows to about three feet tall, so it is better for those who need a short hedge and is covered top-to-toe in piles of dark purple, large, very full blossoms that grow in clusters from spring through fall.

The blossoms have an intense citrus-spice fragrance that fills your garden.

A close up of a single deep purple 'Twilight' flower pictured in light sunshine on a soft focus background.

‘Twilight’

It will tolerate partial shade and blooms right up to first frost in the fall.

Enter the ‘Twilight’ zone by heading to Fast Growing Trees to pick a few up for your hedge.

23. Winter Sunset

You can capture the pale orangey-yellow of the sun setting in December with the Griffith Buck ‘Winter Sunset.’

A close up horizontal image of a single 'Winter Sunset' rose pictured in light sunshine.

Growing up to five feet tall with dense, upright canes, this cultivar is draped in large, double blossoms with orange centers and pale yellow outer petals.

It’s hardy in Zones 4 to 10 without protection and blooms continually from spring to the first frost.

Roses Provide Privacy and Interest

I have nothing against boxwoods and yews. They make delightful evergreen hedges, but they can’t give you the fragrance and color that a hedge of roses can.

A horizontal image of a large hedge of roses in full bloom.

Are one of these options calling your name? Which cultivar best suits your hedging needs? Did I miss a particularly excellent choice? Let me know in the comments section below.

I hope this guide set you on the right path with your garden design.

Maybe you’d like more information about growing roses? If so, here are a few guides to get you started:

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Kristine Lofgren is a writer, photographer, reader, and gardening lover from outside Portland, Oregon. She was raised in the Utah desert, and made her way to the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two dogs in 2018. Her passion is focused these days on growing ornamental edibles, and foraging for food in the urban and suburban landscape.

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