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Do you love roses, but lack the gardening finesse to get the most out of them? Or maybe you love the look of the big beautiful roses, but hate the smell, or even have allergies? Or possibly you are such a rose fanatic that you want all of your flowers to be roses even if they are not!
Fortunately, there are several plants that have blooms that are similar to roses. Below are 9 gorgeous varieties of flowers that look like roses to help you grow your 'faux rose garden'!
The Lisianthus is an herbaceous biennial or annual, depending on which zone in which it's planted. Its blooms last from early June until the first frost of the season. It grows best in warm, sunny climates.
Wide bell-shaped flowers grow from 6 inches to 2 feet tall plants. Its blooms grow on single stems that can branch into multiple blooms. Colors of this variety include pale purple, pink, blue-violet, white, and bi-colors. There are single or double petal varieties; the double form variety most resembles a rose. The Lisianthus has oval-shaped gray-green leaves that can reach up to 3 inches in length.
The Lisianthus is the perfect flower to cut for bouquets and other flower arrangements. It also attracts bees and butterflies, bringing more life to the garden.
There are over 1400 species of Begonias and 3 specific types: Tuberous, Semperflorens (the most common), and Perennials. They originated from tropical and subtropical regions, are sensitive to the cold, and won't survive freezes. They are at their best as houseplants or in shaded garden areas. Use light, fertile potting mix that drains well. Be aware that this plant is toxic to pets.
All Begonias have compact, concentrated foliage with large, ornate flowers. The bloom colors include white, pink, ruby red, or yellow. There are 6-12 inch smaller varieties as well as bushy varieties that grow up to 5 feet.
These flowers originate from eastern and southern Asia with more than 3,000 kinds existing. They grow best in partial shade where they're not directly in the hot afternoon sun. Once this plant has been established, taking up to a few years, it can stand more time in the sun.
It's an evergreen shrub with broad, shiny, dark green foliage. It has large white, pink, or red blooms. Most blooms from late spring until early fall. Some varieties will even bloom during the winter months, adding color to your winter garden.
This annual flower group consists of over 40 different species and 60,000 varieties. They drive in moist, moderate climates and its blooms last from midsummer through the first frost of the season.
This plant displays abundant blooms that are colorful shades of orange, pink, purple, red, white, yellow, and multicolored. Most varieties grow between 1 and 5 feet in height. Depending on the variety, blooms can span 2 inches or even up to 15 inches. Each flower grows on long rigid stems.
There are over 30 different species of these perennials and there are three types: Herbaceous (the most popular and well known), Tree, and Itoh. They need full sun, well-draining soil, and protection from the hot afternoon sun. If Peonies are well taken care of, they can live up to 100 years.
This plant can grow up to 3 feet in height and 4 feet in width with blooms that can reach 8 inches in diameter. Their intricate, flowy blooms give off a sweet fragrance. Though pink is the most popular color, it can also be red or white. Its shiny dark green leaves may turn reddish gold in the winter months.
This flower needs full sun, but not too high of temperatures. It performs best in light, well draining soil; if the soil stays wet, the plant is prone to root rot. It can be grow in zones 4-10, but if grown in zones 4-7, they won;t survive the outdoors in the winter months, so keep them inside in containers.
The Ranunculus comes in a huge variety of colors and shades including whites, pinks, purples, reds, salmon, orange, yellow, and multicolors. It has beautiful tightly wound, tissue thin flower petals that measure between 3 and 6 inches. These blooms sit atop 6 to 12 inch rigid stems. Its leaves are a beautiful shade of light green, with an appearance similar to that of celery leaves.
7. Double Impatiens
These annual flowers are native to South America and Australia but can grow successfully in both wet and dry climates. They thrive in full sun, but will need partial shade from the hot afternoon sun. Blooms last from early spring until the first frost of the season. These plants perform best in moist soil, but it needs to drain well. Fertilize them every few weeks with a well balanced fertilizer in order to keep the blooms and foliage fresh.
Double Impatiens grow between 6 to 8 inches in height and 6 to 8 inches in width. Their double blooms are shades of red, purple, white, pink, orange, and yellow. Each shade can be bicolored, striped, or patterned.
8. Double Dianthus
These plants exhibit excellent summer blooms as long as temperature doesn't get too hot. They grow best in full sun and in soil that's rich in nutrients and well draining.
Double Dianthus has both fragrant flowers and foliage. Its blooms can be white, red, yellow, pink, purple, or bicolored. Depending on variety, they grow between 6 and 18 inches in height. Because these flowers can grow so tall, you may need to use stakes to help support the plant.
This evergreen plant is native to tropical and subtropical regions and thrives in organically enriched soil. It loves the heat and needs humidity as well as moist but well-draining soil. It needs to have an inch of watering each week. Flower buds will wilt if the plant isn't in a region that fits its needs: day temp of 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit and night temp of 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant isn't low maintenance, but its attractiveness and aroma make up for it.
The Gardenia's powerfully fragrant petals are waxy and soft. Its blooms are white, cream, or yellow with a striking yellow center. Its broad glossy dark green leaves are evergreen.
So, if you love roses but are looking for variety, wWe hope you find some inspiration in this list of flowers that look like roses!