Roses are among the most popular flowers in any language, anywhere on the globe. While one need not be a gardener to enjoy roses, growing them at home can be so rewarding. Rose plants take on various forms, from upright shrubs, to climbers that require support as they reach for the skies or ramblers that tumble over stone walls, to miniature cuties that seem right at home inside tea cups. Horticulturalists here in the U.S. and abroad have broadened the range of forms that roses can take, while improving disease resistance, hardiness, and blooming habits. This greatly expands a gardener’s options for incorporating roses into border and landscape plantings.
Here at Randy’s Perennials and Water Gardens, we have quite a few cultivars classified as groundcover roses, whose habit is best described as mounding, which can be used to fill in the empty spaces in your borders and landscape plantings, or spill over a low wall, softening the edges. The best part is, they bloom repeatedly from spring until the first frost. Most don’t require deadheading, and pruning is only required if they get a little too rambunctious. If you want to clean up your groundcover roses a bit or encourage new growth, you can simply cut them back by about one-half early in the spring.
Here’s the lowdown on two different series of groundcover roses that we carry here at the nursery.
Drift® roses (from Star® Roses and Plants) and Oso Easy® roses (from Proven Winners®) both offer the best qualities of their full-size groundcover and miniature rose parents. Drift® and Oso Easy® roses are low maintenance and resilient, as well as disease resistant. Drift® roses do well in zones 4 through 11, while Oso Easy® roses prefer zones 3 through 9. Since most of us in the metro-Atlanta live somewhere between zones 7 and 8, they will both do very well here.
Their miniature rose parentage keeps them from becoming unmanageably large, and gives them their ever-blooming nature. Oso Easy® and Drift® roses typically grow 1.5-2’ high with a 2.5-3’ spread, and are ideally suited for smaller spaces, containers (be sure to plant them in the ground when fall arrives so you can enjoy them again next year), and borders. They mix wonderfully in full sun with other plants, and play nicely with already established plants.
So, come on in and take a look. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with these beauties.