You can choose among hundreds of hybrid tea roses. You can go for color, fragrance, cut flowers, thornless (look for “smooth” in the name), or even a wacky name. Most people choose by color so here are some pointers:

  • Red hybrid teas: Red roses are by far the most popular:

    • ‘Dublin’: Large, smoky red, double blooms (35 to 40 petals) have a unique raspberry fragrance.

    • ‘Mister Lincoln’: Easy-to-grow with deep red buds that open into large, velvety red, double blossoms (30 to 35 petals) with a heady rose fragrance. (This rose is featured in the color insert.)

    • ‘Old Smoothie’: Large, deep red, lightly fragrant double blooms (45 to 50 petals) on long, straight, thornless stems.

    • ‘Traviata’: Bright red, many petalled (up to 100) flower with old-fashioned fragrance and modern disease resistance.

  • Pink hybrid teas: Following are a few of many popular pink roses:

    • ‘Brides Dream’: Slightly fragrant, creamy pastel pink, double (25 to 35petals) flowers.

    • ‘Color Magic’: Apricot-pink buds open into large, salmon-pink, double blooms (25 to 30 petals) that gradually fade to deep pink. Fruity fragrance.

    • ‘Dainty Bess’: Free-blooming roses with clusters of single (5-petalled) pink blossoms centered with maroon stamens. The lightly fragrant flowers resemble the blooms of a dogwood.

    • ‘Pink Peace’: Deep pink, double rose (50 to 60 petals) with a strong rose fragrance.

  • Orange hybrid teas: Orange mixes well with reds, whites, and yellows, but combinations with pink or lavender can be jarring to the eye.

    • ‘Brandy’: Beautifully formed, double blossoms (25 to 30 petals) bloom in rich shades of light apricot-orange. Mildly sweet fragrance.

    • ‘Dolly Parton’: Bright, coppery, reddish orange, double blossoms (35 to 40 petals) have an alluring, strong, spicy clove fragrance.

    • ‘Just Joey’: Rich apricot, double flowers (25 to 30 petals) emit a strong, fruity fragrance. Free-blooming and easy to grow.

    • ‘Spice Twice’: Bright coral-orange, double blossoms (about 30 petals) with a lighter cream-orange on the back side of the petals have a slight fragrance.

  • Yellow hybrid teas: Yellow roses are about as sunny as you can get:

    • ‘Elina’: Soft pastel yellow, double flower (30 to 35 petals). Light fragrance.

    • ‘Golden Masterpiece’: Huge, golden yellow, double flowers (30 to 35petals) with a strong licorice-like fragrance.

    • ‘Houston’: Large, intense yellow, double blooms (35 to 40 petals). Nice, fruity fragrance.

    • ‘Oregold’: Large, deep golden yellow, double flowers with a slightly fruity fragrance.

  • White hybrid teas: White hybrid teas light up the garden or a bouquet, making every other color look brighter:

    • Garden Party’: Creamy white, double blooms (25 to 30 petals) with a touch of pink on the outside petals boast a light fragrance.

    • ‘Honor’: Large, clear white, double flowers have exquisite form and substance. Lightly fragrant.

    • ‘John F. Kennedy’: Double rose (40 to 45 petals) that starts out greenish white in the bud and gradually turns clean white as the flower opens. Moderate-to-strong fragrance.

    • ‘Pascali’: White, well-formed, double flowers (30 to 35 petals) with a light fragrance. Easy to grow.

  • Lavender hybrid teas: As much as people want to call these roses blue, they’re really lavender or purple:

    • ‘Barbra Streisand’: Large, mauve-pink, double blossoms (more than 35 petals) blushing darker around edges, with a rich rose-citrus fragrance.

    • ‘Blue Nile’: Large, dark purplish lavender, double flowers (25 to 30 petals) with a fruity fragrance.

    • ‘Heirloom’: Deep lilac, double blooms (30 to 35 petals) are darker purple on the edges of the petals and have a strong, sweet fragrance.

    • ‘Moon Shadow’: Strongly fragrant, nicely formed, deep lavender, double blooms (30 to 35 petals) borne in clusters.

    • ‘Purple Passion’: Dark purple, double flowers (about 30 petals) with strong lemony fragrance make a unique cut flower.

  • Multicolored hybrid teas: These whirlwinds of color change complexion on a daily basis:

    • ‘Broadway’: Large orange-yellow, double blossoms (30 to 35 petals) edged with red emit a strong, spicy fragrance.

    • ‘Diana, Princess of Wales’: Creamy white petals gracefully touched with a clear pink blush. Large, double flowers (30 to 35 petals). Sweet fragrance. A portion of the proceeds from the sales is donated to the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

    • ‘Granada’: Swirling, ever-changing shades of gold, yellow, pink, and redadorn these double blossoms (18 to 25 petals) with a strong, spicy fragrance.

    • ‘Monet’: Huge, double rose (30 to 35 petals) in blended shades of pink, yellow, peach, and apricot. Moderately fragrant.

    • ‘Peace’: Large, perfectly formed, double blossoms (40 to 45 petals) are bright yellow edged with pink and emit a light, fruity fragrance.