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Roses for the shade and partial shade: Ground cover, wild, shrub and climbing roses that bloom profusely.

Many amateur gardeners believe that the queen of flowers thrives and blooms magnificently only in full sun, but there are actually roses for shade and partial shade. The next 10 varieties need between 3 and 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to provide blooming glory in the garden.

Here’s what you should consider when planting roses for shade and partial shade!

Roses for shade which variety is suitable

When choosing the right roses for shade and partial shade, there are a few things you should consider.

  • The orientation of the site: most roses prefer a sunny location, but can not withstand heat. Therefore, it is very important how many hours the flower bed gets direct sunlight and when. The east-facing garden gets morning sun, but is spared the heat in the afternoon. The south-facing garden usually gets full sun all day. If the plot has a western exposure, then the roses usually get afternoon sun. The shady north garden is not suitable for the rose plants. There you can hardly get direct sunlight and then also have to fight with waterlogging and drafts.

Climbing roses for partial shade and shady areas

  • Roses like a bright place in the garden or on the terrace. Bright, however, does not necessarily mean direct sunlight. The sunlight is softened by a tall copse or a sun sail. The light intensity there is much weaker than in a location in full sun, and the delicate rose flowers and leaves do not burn.
  • Even if the variety is suitable for shady and semi-shady gardens, you should constantly check the roses for fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew or star rot. The distance between plants is very important, so that the leaves and flowers can dry after rain and after watering.
  • Traditionally, climbing roses and wild roses are better suited for shady locations.

Climbing roses for partial shade

Climbing roses for shady areas Paul's Himalayan Musk

With its large double flowers, the variety Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ is one of the most beautiful roses for shade and partial shade. It blooms in white, and similar to wild roses, has a strong fragrance. But beware – this climbing rose grows quickly and reaches a maximum height of 12 meters and grows up to 3 meters wide.

  • Flowering time: June to August, blooms only once.
  • Location: Partial shade , in light shade, light and full sun.
  • Winter hardiness: zones 4 to 8
  • Soil: well-drained, rich in humus, sandy

Planting and caring for roses for penumbra and shade


The variety “Claire Austin” forms beautiful double flowers in cream color and green foliage. It gives off soft fragrance of myrrh. This climbing rose is very disease resistant and is rarely attacked by pests.

  • Winter hardiness zones: 5 to 9
  • Location: Partial shade, in light shade, light and full sun.
  • Flowering time: continuous bloomers from spring to late fall
  • Height of growth: 3.6 meters
  • Soil: well-drained, airy, rich in nutrients

Compact roses for shade and partial shade

The cultivar “Princess Alexandra Of Kent” is a compact shrub rose for shady areas. The double pink flowers grow around 10 cm tall. The plant is a real perennial bloomer, it forms new flowers all season long, replacing the withered ones. The rose is super suitable for small gardens and also makes a good figure as a container plant at the house entrance or on the terrace.

  • Winter hardiness zones: 5 to 9
  • Habitat: Partial shade, light shade, sunny locations
  • Flowering time: from spring to late autumn
  • Height of growth: 1.4 meters
  • Soil: well-drained, loamy soil with high sand content, neutral pH

Roses for shade and partial shade choose Lark Ascending

The variety “Lark Ascending” is a shrub rose that has won the hearts of amateur gardeners with its semi-double flowers of apricot color and light fragrance. The shrub rose makes a good figure both in combination with other flowers in the bed, and as a planting of a hedge.

  • Winter hardiness zones: 5 to 9
  • Habitat: Partial shade, light shade and full sun
  • Flowering time: from spring to late autumn
  • Height of growth: 1.5 meters
  • Soil: well-drained, loamy soil with high sand content, neutral pH

Ground cover roses for partial shade

ground cover rose French Lace for partial shade and shady areas


The variety “Hansa” delights with its lilac-pink flowers, which have a diameter of 10 cm. Ground cover roses are very adaptable and feel at home in tubs and window boxes, as well as in flower beds or as a border for the garden path. “Hansa” is also frost hardy and feels especially at home in partial shade.

  • Winter Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8
  • Habitat: Partial shade, light shade and sunny spots in the garden.
  • Flowering time: from spring to late autumn, continuous bloomer
  • Height of growth: 1.2 meters
  • Soil: well-drained, loamy soil with high sand content, neutral pH

Roses with magenta flowers for shade variety Hansa

“French Lace” is a rose in light apricot color. Each flower has the classic English shape and is about 8 cm in size. Flowering starts in May and ends in autumn. It gives off a light spicy fragrance. The plant is very heat tolerant and practically resistant to powdery mildew .

  • Winter hardiness zones: 6 to 10
  • Habitat: light shade and sunny and shady places in the garden
  • Flowering time: from late spring to late autumn, continuous bloomer
  • Height of growth: 1.2 meters
  • Soil: well-drained, nutrient-rich, sandy

Wild roses for semi-shady and sunny areas

pink multiflora clump rose planting wild roses in the home garden

Wild roses are the environmentally friendly alternative to hybrids and man-made varieties. They look great in containers on balconies and patios, as well as complementing a wild hedge in a natural garden.

The cluster rose is frost hardy, bears fruit (inedible), and is very resistant to powdery mildew and star soot. It thrives in partial shade as well as in the sun and has medium water requirements. It has no special requirements for soil. The cluster rose forms small white flowers that give off a strong fragrance.

The field rose can also thrive in partial shade locations, but prefers a spot in full sun. The less direct light it receives each day, the more the flower formation decreases.