Five Reasons to Plant Roses

March 17, 2018

Today’s roses aren’t your grandma’s roses — and that’s a good thing! New rose varieties such as Flower Carpet® are the leaders when it comes to disease-resistance, easy care, and prolific long bloomers unlike the fussy, pest-prone rose types of the past.There are tons of reasons to make room in the garden for roses. Here are our top five.


Big Color for Small Spaces

When space is limited, every plant has to pull its weight. There’s no room for a one-hit wonder, a plant that blooms for two weeks out of 52 or a plant with flowers so garish they don’t coordinate with other plants.

In her new book “The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard,” garden designer Susan Morrison specifically recommends Flower Carpet roses.


Flower Carpet Appleblossom is a low maintenance / high impact plant

Flower Carpet Appleblossom is a low maintenance / high impact plant

“Their small size allows me to easily slip them into almost any design,” Morrison said. “One of my go-to varieties is pale pink ‘Appleblossom,’ an almost-continuous bloomer that adds an elegant note when paired with burgundy and silver-leafed plants. I also love the vibrant mix of peach and orange that makes up the flowers of the more upright ‘Amber’ — its blooms pair beautifully with virtually every other flower color. In fact, I’m such a fan, I planted ‘Amber’ carpet roses in my own garden!”



Low Maintenance, High Impact

Yes! Roses can be low maintenance. Designer Bobbie Schwartz, author of “Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams,” includes Flower Carpet® ‘Amber’ on her list of “sustainable roses.” She said the list includes plants “that are hardy (will not need to be replaced) and that do not damage the environment, or do not need chemicals.” Of course, the plants must look good while meeting those requirements, and Flower Carpet® roses do. Turns out you can have your roses and your relaxation, too.


easy care roses

Roses work well in every planting scheme.

For those living where water is at a premium, the term “low maintenance” takes on an even more significant meaning. Newer rose varieties, including Flower Carpet®, are highly drought tolerant. Morrison cited that as another tick in the “pros” category for Flower Carpet®.


“They are better adapted to low-water gardens than traditional roses, important for those of us living in summer-dry climates,” she said. Many gardeners have no choice about the frequency of watering — their municipalities specify how often and how much one can water. With Flower Carpet®, you can enjoy nonstop blooms and conserve water.

drought tolerant roses

Flower Carpet is extremely drought tolerant.


Additionally, newer rose types require much less (and far simpler) pruning than older roses. Cutting back by two-thirds in the late winter is enough to keep most new shrub-type roses looking lovely.





Flower Carpet makes an excellent filler in containers

Flower Carpet makes an excellent filler in containers

Charming Container Color

Who says roses must be limited to landscapes? The easy-care, floriferous habit and compact shapes of new rose types makes them perfect container plants. Unlike annuals, Flower Carpet® roses don’t require constant deadheading, fertilizing and cutting back to look their best. Glossy green foliage and multi-colored blooms provide enough interest on their own, or combine well with other medium-water flowering plants. In warmer zones, plants are mostly evergreen, providing an established framework for winter container combos. Should any lingering blooms (they really do bloom from spring until frost) clash with seasonal color choices, you can simply snip them off.


Hedges with an Edge

If a 17th-century clipped boxwood hedge is the desired aesthetic, plant palette choices are somewhat limited to broadleaf evergreens. For a looser look, and a prettier border, groundcover-type roses make excellent hedges! In fact, they’re much lower maintenance than typical trimmed evergreens. They’ll maintain their mounding shape without constant shearing, and add extra interest with blooms.

hedging plants

Flower Carpet Pink serves as a protective yet colorful hedge

Plant these low-growing roses along the edges of landscape beds and perennial borders, or next to walkways and driveways for almost endless color without endless work.


Covering Ground

Schwartz is a fan of Flower Carpet® roses because of their utility at covering large areas with low-maintenance requirements.


“I’m not advocating the total eradication of turf, but I do think that we don’t need as much. Who would have guessed that roses would help to fill this niche?” she said. “Several of the newer groundcover-type shrub roses, such as the Flower Carpet® roses, can be used to create large masses of color and form on slopes, around buildings, along walkways (most of these are fragrant) and in containers.”


Their self-cleaning habit, disease resistance and low water requirement make these roses attractive groundcover possibilities on their own, but particularly as replacements for high-input, disease-prone plants like grass. Roses are also more interesting and taller than many other groundcovers, opening new design possibilities for homeowners and commercial property managers beyond ivy and liriope.

With high heat in warm climates and road salt in cold climates, curbside plantings can be a challenge.

With high heat in warm climates and road salt in cold climates, curbside plantings can be a challenge.

If you thought roses had to be relegated to the rear corner of the yard, prevented from mixing and mingling with the rest of the garden, think again! Put roses to work for you in the landscape, in containers and in problem areas.


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