5 Rose Look-alikes for Your Garden ...

Not everyone has success with growing roses. I personally have only found one variety that works well in my garden. If you find yourself in a similar situation and are looking for flowers that might be good substitutes for the roses you lack, then take a look at the following list. Here are 5 rose look-alikes for your garden that will provide you with flowers that resemble roses, without the fuss.

5. Ornamental Cutting Kale

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I’ve never seen kale look this beautiful. The leaves cluster in the shape of a rose and come in pale yellow or bright pink. Around the colorful rosettes is a layer of green leaves which are accented with streaks of the same color the rosette displays. They bloom in the spring, like lots of sunshine, and reach a height of 2 feet.

4. Peonies

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Peonies can produce blooms that reach up to 8 inches across. Now that’s one huge rose-like flower! The thick plants grow to around 3 feet in height and do well in zones 2 to 9. The fragrance given off by each large blossom is amazingly strong. They make an excellent choice for a cut bouquet. Peonies bloom from the end of spring to the beginning of summer, so be sure to enjoy them as much as you can if you plant these in your garden.

3. Lisianthus

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Some varieties of this rose look-alike are bright pink, pale pink, yellow, blue, ivory, or pastel green. The flowers last for around 2 weeks before they begin to deteriorate. These annuals are slow to germinate, so it takes up to 4 months for them to begin blooming. They are well worth the wait! Lisianthus prefer full sun.

2. Begonia

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These flowers come in yellow, red, orange, pink, and white. Their rose-like appearance is mostly seen in hanging baskets. They hold their color for a very long time and are very full flowers.

1. Ranunculus

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This is another type of rose-like flower that is extremely full. The petals are layered in such a way that these flowers actually look rather fake. Reaching a height of over 12 inches, you can expect blooms to appear on this plant in May and last until June. They will grow virtually anywhere; sun or shade. Zones 8 to 9 are the only two zones with winters mild enough for this flower to survive year around.

Not all these plants are perennials, but they are all equally as beautiful! Do you think you could settle for a rose-substitute or do you prefer to try to grow the real thing?

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