My Two Favorite Roses

My two favorite roses are blooming right now. ‘Cassie’ and ‘Sally Holmes’ are both shrub roses with fragrant white flowers. In our garden, they both keep their foliage disease free without sprays of any kind.



‘Cassie’ has small, semi-double flowers.

‘Cassie’ flowers – a closer look. 

The flowers may be petite, but they are borne in great throngs, and ‘Cassie’ keeps pumping them out through almost the whole summer. At the same time, this is a very compact rose, growing no more than about 4′.

‘Cassie’ goes nicely with containers planted in red and orange. 

I’ve also noticed that ‘Cassie’s’ flowers attract lots of tiny pollinators.

‘Sallie Holmes’

While ‘Cassie’ is a bit of a pixie, ‘Sally Holmes’ is luscious. She also tolerates some shade.


I feel like I finally got the pruning right for this rose. Before this year it always seemed a bit misshapen.


The new birdhouse is a nice touch, don’t you think?


Planting ‘Sally Holmes near the big old Deutzia (Deutzia crenata ‘Plena’ – I think) also turns out to have been a good call.


The Deutzia’s frilly double flowers nicely complement the simple blooms of ‘Sally Holmes’.


I’m really not much of a rosarian, so when I say that these two roses are my favorites I really don’t have much basis for comparison. There are just two more roses in our garden: the rambler ‘Darlow’s Enigma’, and the wild Illinois Rose (Rosa setigera). Neither are in bloom at the moment.

Even so, while I may not know much about roses, I do know what I like.

32 Comments on “My Two Favorite Roses”

  1. I like these two roses too, but of the two I think I prefer Sally Holmes. I grew her back east in my Massachusetts garden, where we lived for many years before we moved to Washington state. I prefer simple roses over doubles.

  2. They are beautiful indeed – I only have a few roses in the garden but have no idea what they are. Unfortunately they all seem to bloom for a short time and then that’s it so I must get some longer bloomers into the new border.

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