The Q&A Archives: thornless roses

Question: I have gardened for over 20 years, but always avoided roses due to the thorns. My children are now grown and I have been reading more and found that there are thornless roses. I was wondering if you would have a list of thornless roses that are climbers, bushes, shrub, tea, etc.
Thank you.


Answer: Here are a few thornless rose choices:
Shrub roses:
Schoener?s Nutana ? deep pink flowers ? grows to 6 foot, good for poor soils - has a slight fragrance.

James Galway ? pink blooms - an English rose - grows to 5 foot - disease resistant ? has a pleasant fragrance.

John Clare ? deep crimson flowers ? grows to 3 foot ? has a delicate light fragrance.

Mme Legras de St Germain ? creamy white blooms ? grows to 6 foot ? wonderful scent.

Cardinal de Richelieu ? rich crimson purple -grows to 6 foot ? has a rich strong fragrance

Climbing or Rambling Roses:
Aimee Vibert ? pure white blooms ? grows to 10 foot ? late flowering ? lovely strong scent fragrant.

Amadis ? deep crimson purple ? grows to 10 foot plus ? early flowering ? only a slight fragrance.

Bleu Magenta ? deep rich purple fading to pale violet ? grows to 12 foot ? sweetly scented, will tolerate a shady spot.

Gishlaine de Feligonde ? orange-yellow flowers ? grows to 8 foot ? shade tolerant ? fragrant.

Goldfinch ? golden yellow to primrose yellow ?grows to 8-10 foot ? strong fruity fragrance.

Kathleen Harrop ?light pink flowers ? grows to 8-10 foot ? perpetual flowering ? very fragrant

Rose-Marie Viaud - rich crimson purple blooms ? grows to 12 foot ? shade tolerant - alas no scent.

Violette ? dark crimson purple flowers ? grows to 15 foot ? has a subtle light fragrance

Zepherine Drouhin ? deep pink blooms ? grows to 12 foot, strong fragrance ? happy on north facing walls.

Best wishes with your new roses!

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