Flower Carpet Scarlet

Flower Carpet® Scarlet is one of the NEXT GENERATION Flower Carpet® roses where refined breeding has produced improved heat & humidity tolerance on top of its existing disease resistance.


In 2006, Scarlet won top marks for disease resistance and performance in the ADR, the All Deutschland Rose Trials, considered the world’s toughest test of rose performance. Conducted over three years in 11 different test gardens, with each enforcing the ADR’s famous ban on spraying or other chemical support, roses must win or lose on natural strength. Flower Carpet Scarlet won top honors for winter hardiness, flower performance and above all, resistance against leaf diseases that can plague roses, such as black spot and mildew.


Key Features

  • Masses of scarlet red blooms
  • Glossy green foliage
  • Attractive bush shape and appearance
  • Disease-resistance, easy-care maintenance
  • Suggested Uses: flower beds, mass plantings, large containers, landscapes, hanging baskets, and as tree roses. A perfect commercial landscaping plant for low-maintenance color.

Growth Habit

Bushes are low, dense and compact


Plant Size

24- to 32-inches in height, 40-inches across (spread)


Flower Size

Small to medium flowers



Plant 2-3 per square yard, for ground cover. Plant 3-4 feet apart to establish boundaries. Can be planted anytime during Spring, Summer or Fall.



Will thrive in USDA zones 5 to 10. In cold zones, protect over the first winter. In zones 5 and below, continued winter protection is advised. In areas of intense heat (for example Phoenix, AZ), protect by planting in semi-shade.


Flowering Period

Produces masses of flowers all season long in full sun. In partial shade (4-5 hours of sun per day), still blooms, though in reduced numbers. Performs satisfactorily with a full day of filtered light.


Number of Flowers

Clusters of 6-8 blooms, with up to 2000 blooms per season on a mature plant.


Flower Color

Rich, bright Scarlet red



Not fragrant



Dark glossy green, medium sized leaves.



No fancy pruning needed. Cut back by ⅔ annually in late winter or early spring. Trim to shape anytime of year, if desired. The bush is self-cleaning with few rose hips, no dead-heading required, petals fall away cleanly.


Light Needs

For best bloom, grow in full sun. Grows well in partial shade (4-5 hours of sun per day) with reduced blooms.


Soil Needs

Can thrive in a variety of soil conditions. Performs best in well-drained friable garden soil with added organic matter.


Water Needs

When planting in the landscape, water in well particularly during hot conditions and continue to water regularly until the plant is established. Flower Carpet roses are very tolerant of dry conditions once established.



For maximum flowering and performance, feed with a balanced (15:12:12) controlled release rose fertilizer. It is best not to feed roses in fall and winter as extra nutrients will force new growth and increase the chances of cold-damage over winter. In warm climates (USDA zones 8 and up): feed in early spring and late summer. In cold climates (USDA zones 5 – 7): feed in spring and summer. For established landscape plants apply 1 to 2 handfuls around the base of the plant and incorporate into the soil by gentle surface cultivation.


Disease Tolerance

Very resistant to common rose blights such as black spot and mildew. It does not require routine chemical spraying in the landscape, apply only if needed.


Pest Issues

Treat for insect pests only as needed.


Special Care

In zones 5 and below, winter protection is advised, especially in first winter.