Groundcover roses combines decorativeness. Beautiful in form and color leaves, various flowers and unique fruits crowned densely branched bushes. As a rule, the width of a bush is always noticeably greater than its height. Plants bloom profusely throughout the season and unpretentious care.

History of groundcover roses

Groundcover roses were isolated as a separate group in the mid 70s of the twentieth century. But history knows that a groundcover has been grown as Rosa Wichuriana (Vihura) since the 19th century. The parents of these roses are miniature varieties of Chinese dwarf roses and the shape of the Wichuriana rose. In 1919, the breeders bred a more compact Max Graf variety, in 1932 they created the Fairy variety, and in 1968 Nozomi appeared, which had small leaves and pink flowers. Old varieties of ground cover beauties bloomed only once a season. Therefore, the breeders tried to bring varieties that would bloom from early summer until late autumn. A. Meilland brought Swany, Fiona varieties from France, and Holland donated Red Blanket and Rosy Cushion varieties.

In the 1980s, numerous ground-cover roses were cultivated by large rose-growing farms in Great Britain, Ireland and New Zealand. The leaders were two brands – the Game Bird line from Kordes, and the County line, from the joint cooperation of Poulsen and Kordes, which was then continued in the UK by M. Mettok.

The French company Meilland Star Roses, with the help of its employees, has created a whole series of varieties called Landscape Roses. The band is called Meilland. It combines varieties of semi-woven roses and ground cover type, height from 40 cm to 150 cm, and a width of 80 cm to 3000 cm. These plants are resistant to diseases and unusually bloom profusely.

Description of groundcover roses

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The group of ground cover roses includes creeping, drooping, arcuate and upright plants. Plant height varies from 20 cm to 2 m, and the width of some varieties can reach 6 m in diameter. Flowers of some varieties resemble an old garden rose. They can be simple, semi-double, double and thickly double, and have a strong aroma. The color palette is not so diverse.

Every year, plants of ground cover roses are becoming more and more popular due to their unpretentiousness, long flowering, resistance to various diseases, and excellent winter hardiness. They are used to creating picturesque carpets on the slopes, improve the problematic corners of the garden (hatches, bumps, etc.) are used as a border. Among them there are varieties that grow in cascades that can be used for growing on high boles. There are varieties that grow so that they can be used as climbing.

Dusty shoots of roses very densely cover the soil. Therefore, before planting these roses, it is necessary to thoroughly clean the soil from weeds, especially from rhizomatous (sow thistle, bindweed etc), otherwise it will be impossible to weed the soil. In addition, the weeds will give your ′′ pink carpet ′′ a sloppy look. From groundcover roses, you can easily get new plants by cutting or through cuttings.


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