It all started with a rose
Charlotte Armstrong

Roses have always brought people together;

a symbol of love and friendship. When founder John Armstrong stepped off the train in Ontario, California, little did he realize that he was beginning a journey that would make his name synonymous with roses around the world, and create a garden center that would serve Californians with local horticulture knowledge for centuries to come.

In the early 1920s,

John Armstrong introduced his first series of roses. Breeders in Europe were more than willing to provide their varieties and each year, the listing increased in numbers. The first Armstrong catalog was introduced, and soon became a treasured fountain of information throughout the United States and Canada. This extensive catalog became an industry standard.

1916 Catalog
All Dressed Up and Mr. Lincoln

Now, employee-owned Armstrong Garden Centers,

has continued John Armstrong’s tradition of roses. Our horticulturists scour the world choosing a diverse assortment of roses with the best fragrance, breath-taking color, and disease resistance that perform in California gardens. We continue to have timeless favorites like the fragrant, deep red ‘Mr. Lincoln’ while introducing new roses like the pink ruffled ‘All Dressed Up’ rose perfect for cutting.

Roses are our roots. In 1889, John Armstrong not only founded Armstrong Garden Centers but was a rose breeder who what the first to create a rose catalog. Now, 130 years later we continue the tradition with the best classic and new roses that thrive in California. Whether you want bouquets of fragrant red roses, shrub roses that rebloom throughout the year or new rose varieties Armstrong is here to help.

Top 5 Roses
Queen of Elegance

Queen of Elegance

The newest ruler of floribunda roses is this graceful and stylish in appearance, brilliant pink rose. This royal worthy rose has up to 40 petals, long upright stems with an intense classic fragrance that will capture anyone’s love and attention. It’s a stately yet manageable size growing 4-5 feet tall and wide. Strong disease resistance.

state of grace

State of Grace

A rose that will bring honor to any garden. State of Grace is an apricot-gold, English style grandiflora rose that is fruity in fragrance, and a tidy bloom of up to 65 petals. A more compact rose bush growing 3-4 feet tall and wide Strong disease resistance.

Mister Lincoln

Mister Lincoln

This hybrid tea rose is the most popular red rose. The large, shapely buds open to deep rich, velvety red and are accompanied by a rich fragrance. The plants are tall, stately with blooms on long stems perfect for cutting for bouquets. Flowers have up to 35 petals with a strong fragrance. Grows 3-5 feet in height, 2-4 feet in width and has good disease resistance.


Double Delight

Double Delight

A stunning hybrid tea with an ever-changing blend of carmine and cream. The perfectly formed flowers have up to 35 petals, are presented on long stems and have a strong spicy fragrance. A nice compact rose growing 3-5 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide.

White Iceberg

White Iceberg

A wonderful landscape floribunda rose loved in California as well as around the world. The rich, green foliage provides an excellent background to the sprays of pure white flowers that reblooms. The flowers have up to 25 petals with a sweet, mild honey fragrance. Excellent disease resistance.


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