‘Flower Carpet’ Rose
So get that term out of your head and get ready for a DO-ER of a shrub! Easy-care, low-maintenance, fast-growing, lots of bang for the buck and flowering from early spring to late fall.
They’re full, densely-branched, with shiny, disease-free leaves and thrive even in the most inhospitable conditions.
And they bloom continuously. No short rebloom for them. Oh, no.
Developed by a German breeder after 30 years of work and they were introduced in 1995 to worldwide acclaim — and first-year sales of 12.5 million — because people LOVE roses but HATE the spraying required for those big-blooming hybrid tea roses. These and many other shrub types are called “landscape roses” because they look good in the landscape. Let’s face it; as shrubs, hybrid teas are ugly.
My neighbors have masses of these in several locations and colors, and over several seasons I can report that they totally lived up to all the raves and marketing language.
- Grow to 2-3′ tall and 4-5′ wide — quickly.
- Available in 9 colors, including white, red, coral, pinks, and yellow.
- Blooms in part sun, though less vigorously than in full sun. But still plenty.
- Not picky about soil.
- Happy in Zones 5-10, Maine to Florida.