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Front Yard Rose Garden

Your front yard is among the first things people see while driving or walking by. A well-manicured lawn is nice, but who wants to mow twice a week and only see green? Wouldn’t you rather enjoy a front yard rose garden? I know I do!

Planting lots of roses in all colors and shapes will brighten up your front yard and add color to the landscape. To dress up the corners of the house, add a few potted roses by your door and some window boxes with colorful mini roses.

A small rose garden or several rose bushes scattered throughout the lawn will give your property a new look.

yellow rose flower.
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Tips For A Great Front Yard Rose Garden

yellow, pink ad red roses in front of the house, with a stone border around.
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Find inspiration before you plant your garden. If this is your first time creating a front yard rose garden, create a vision for a colorful rose garden that will please you and your neighbors. Look at photos in magazines, online, and in your neighborhood. Take a drive to get inspired by other people’s front yard rose gardens.

You don’t need to start big: just add a few rose bushes each year as you learn what color combinations you love. Make sure you add other plants and pretty colored flowers to create interest and give your roses the opportunity to shine over the background.

Add other plants to your rose garden for color & interest

pink roses and purple flowers behind a wooden bench.
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Mixing roses with moderate-sized evergreen shrubs, hedges, and structures or sculptural elements provides some winter interest. Add some perennials and small shrubs for extra color and year-round interest.

What mixes well with roses in the garden? Here are a few ideas: daylilies, lady’s mantle, lavender, larkspur, iris, verbena, baby’s breath, and daisies. For more ideas, check out this rose companion guide.

Create the right conditions for your rose garden

orange roses.
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Roses love a sunny location, so choosing a spot that gets lots of sunshine is important. They also need room to grow, so don’t plant them too close, or you’ll need to remove or prune them later. If you plant your roses near a pathway, make sure they aren’t too close, or you’ll hurt yourself and the roses with too much traffic.

Roses do need constant maintenance, so plan well! Don’t go wild planting roses that will suffer because of neglect. It’s better to have a smaller, well-maintained rose garden than a large one full of overgrown dry buds. Learn more about growing beautiful roses.

Here’s an idea: if your roses are doing well, and your street is well-traveled, you could have a few cut roses in a bucket filled with water, hung on a trellis by the street with a “FREE” sign. I’m sure you’ll add many smiles on your neighbor’s faces 😉

Use a variety of roses

a mass of red and white roses.
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Many types of roses are available, and mixing and matching the different colors is nice to create a beautiful haven everyone can enjoy.

The rose is a very special flower because it symbolizes love, and each color has its own special meaning. For instance, red symbolizes love and passion, yellow symbolizes joy and friendship, and white symbolizes innocence and purity.

You’ll be amazed at the difference a small rose garden in your front yard can make (see more than 40 pictures of roses here)! 

Roses will add beauty and color to your front yard, giving it that special touch it needs to be fun and interesting. Planting roses is an affordable and exciting way to enhance your front yard.

Need more ideas for your front yard? Here is some inspiration for your front yard garden landscaping.

Ways To Add Roses To Your Front Yard

pink roses draped over a curvy iron fence.
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If you’re wondering how to add roses to the front of your house, I have a few ideas below. From adding them to your windows to training them over a sophisticated iron fence or tucking a few in a corner, you’ll surely find some inspiration.

1. Add roses to windows

red roses trained to go over a windrow, with a yellow wall behind.
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This gorgeous red rose bush is leaning over a window. The yellow wall behind makes a real nice contrast.

2. Create a rose pathway

pathway flanked by roses of all colors.
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This pathway is flanked by roses of many colors, a very pleasant way to walk up to your front door.

3. Let roses climb over a fence

red roses climbing over an old white fence.
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These climbing roses draping over a vintage white fence create a welcoming, comfortable view. Add a small bench and read a book after work while enjoying the delicious aroma of the roses.

4. Surround your porch with roses

Joseph's coat roses climbing on the rails of my porch.
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Stunning Joesph’s coat roses peeking through the porch rails create privacy and a beautiful view.

5. Decorate the front door

house door decorated with climbing roses
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Climbing roses by the front door. You can also use a couple of potted roses on each side of the door if you wish to rearrange your decor occasionally.

6. Give roses a trellis to climb on

a rose arch with many red roses and a few peach colored ones.
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What a beautiful mass of roses! It makes a great entrance to your secret garden or your front door.

7. Add them to a cottage garden

cottage garden with white  roses on a trellis
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Add a few white and pink roses to a cottage garden. Give them a trellis or arch to climb upon for some vertical interest.

I hope I’ve inspired you to dream about your own front yard rose garden. There are so many ways to add roses to your home garden! Whether your yard is large or small, you can always find a corner for a potted rose by your door.

The Most Fragrant Roses To Plant In Your Garden

bright pink rose.
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Plant a few scented roses in your garden. I promise you’ll love it! Here’s a list of my favorite fragrant roses.

How To Prune Roses To Keep Them Blooming Beautifully

pruning a rose plant.
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Roses need to be pruned to stay healthy and produce beautiful blooms. Here’s a guide to properly pruning roses.

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Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project. Check out her books below:

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