Shrub Roses
part 2

'Belle Story' Roses

Introduced - 1984

'Belle Story' is a shrub rose that bears large, semi-double blooms that have resemblance to peonies. It is a David Austin rose. The flowers have a sweet fragrance and bloom heavily. They repeat well all through the plants' growing season.

The petals are wide-spreading with a soft pink hue and curve inward, thereby forming a broad cup that helps to highlight the golden yellow stamens. The pale green and semi-glossy foliage of 'Belle Story' appears in abundance. This rose is a vigorous grower as well as a healthy shrub.

The plants grow equally tall and wide forming a rounded shrub that grows up to a height of about 4 feet. 'Belly Story' rose is ideal for growing in a garden bed or border. Similar to several other English roses bred by David Austin, this rose is also exceptionally hardy.

'Bishop Darlington' Roses

Introduced - 1926

'Bishop Darlington' is hybrid musk that produces oval shaped buds throughout the summer. These buds unfurl into semi-double, cup shaped blooms whose color varies from creamy to flesh pink having a yellow blush.

The individual flowers measure about 3 inches across and are composes of 17 petals. The flowers are fragrant. The foliage of this shrub rose is soft and has a bronzy color. The plants of 'Bishop Darlington' rose grow up to a height of about 4 feet to 7 feet.

This rose is ideal for growing in the form of a freestanding shrub. You may also train the plants to grow as a low-growing climber.

'Bloomfield Dainty' Roses

Introduced - 1924

'Bloomfield Dainty' is hybrid musk and it produces long and pointed buds whose color varies from deep coral to orange. They unfurl into single, canary yellow, fragrant flowers, which appear in clusters throughout the growing season.

Each flower of this shrub rose measures about 2 inches in diameter. The vivid yellow hue of the blooms fades to creamy pink, while the color at the edges of the petals is deeper pink.

The leaves are glossy and clothe the entire plant that grows up to a height of anything between 5 feet and 7 feet.

'Bloomin' Easy' Roses

Introduced - 1988

This shrub rose bears vivid red, double flowers that appear in small clusters throughout the growing season. Each flower of 'Bloomin' Easy' measures about 3 inches across. The plants are bushy and grow up to a height of anything between 4 feet and 6 feet.

The foliage is dark green and resistant to diseases. This rose cultivar has a dense growth and is suitable for growing as a hedge.

'Bonica' Roses

Introduced - 1982

More than any other rose, 'Bonica' has successfully convinced the gardeners to once again look at roses that could be utilized as landscape shrubs. In fact, 'Bonica' was named the first-ever shrub rose in an All-American Rose Selection in 1987.

This is a special honour that is only bestowed on a few new roses every year. The selection is undertaken across the United States based on assessment of all certified gardens. This shrub rose is a vigorous grower and also exceptionally healthy.

'Bonica' rose adds a wonderful accent to a mixed border of flowers and shrubs. This rose requires very low maintenance and performs well even when grown alongside other shrubs in any foundation planting. The flowers of 'Bonica' are double, have a medium pink hue, while the edges of the petals have a lighter color.

The individual flowers measure anything between 1 inch and 2 inches (2.5 cm and 5.0 cm) in diameter. The flowers appear in clusters in midsummer and have an outstanding repeat bloom.

'Bonica '82'' Roses

Introduced - 1981

'Bonica '82” has derived its name from another rose named “Bonica”. The new name was given to this shrub rose to distinguish it from “Bonica”. Nevertheless, many catalogs still list this shrub rose simply as 'Bonica'. The flowers of this rose have a warm pink hue, with pale pink along the edges as well as the outside of the petals.

The flowers bloom in abundance on arching and canes. While each flower of 'Bonica '82' measures anything between 1 inch to 2 inches across and is composed of 40 or even more petals, the plants grow up to a height of about 3 feet to 6 feet. The foliage is tiny, glossy and dark green. The plants are exceptionally resistant to diseases.

'Carefree Beauty' Roses

Introduced - 1977

'Carefree Beauty' is among the most popular hardy 'prairie roses' bred by Griffith Buck at Iowa State University. The nurseryman aimed to combine the tolerance of roses to cold with their ability to resist diseases and bloom abundantly.

This shrub rose bears semi-double, large flowers with light rose hue. Each flower of this rose measures about 4 ½ inches (11.5 cm) in diameter and appear in clusters or robust canes. The flowers are fragrant and they bloom until the fall. After the flowering season is over, the plants produce crop attractive hips.

'Carefree Delight' Roses

Introduced - 1994

As far as its ability to resist rose diseases such as rose rust, black spot and mildew are concerned, 'Carefree Delight' certainly lives up to its name. The single flowers of this shrub rose appear in clusters and have a carmine-pink hue with a white creamy center.

The individual flowers measure about 3 ½ inches (9 cm) in diameter and the blooms create a striking display against the dark green foliage. The flowers appear and reappear all through the growing season. Similar to all other Meidiland roses, 'Carefree Delight' was also bred by the Meilland family nursery in France.

This shrub rose requires very low maintenance – nothing more than what is required to grow lilac or azalea. Only a slight feeding of slow-release fertilizer in early spring and a light pruning to shape the plant with pruning shears once a month or maybe even less frequently is enough for this rose to flourish.

This rose has very few equals as far as it is growing in the form of a carefree flowering hedge or shrub. Let roses alone, there is no other garden shrub that produces carefree blooms and thrives with such low maintenance.

'Carefree Wonder' Roses

Introduced - 1990

One of the parents of this shrub rose is 'Prairie Princes' – a rose bred by Dr. Griffith Buck. As a result, 'Carefree Wonder' possesses the hardiness as well as the ability to resist diseases – two main attributes of its parent. At the same time, it produces a genuine display of blooms.

It bears large, average pink hued double blooms during the midseason. The flowers appear in sprays of one to four blooms, each flower having a paler pink hue on its reverse side and a white eye at the center. When grown in places having cool weather conditions, the petals of 'Carefree Wonder' develop a deep pink impression.

Way back in 1971, 'Carefree Wonder' was the second shrub rose that won an All-American Rose Selection Award. This shrub rose is outstanding when you grow it as a low-maintenance landscape shrub. In addition, it performs excellently when grown in the form of an informal and unclipped hedge.

'Champlain' Roses

Introduced - 1982

This shrub rose possesses a number of extraordinary attributes. For instance, 'Champlain' rose is an amazingly generous shrub that bears clusters of flowers having rich, velvety hue. The flowers are produced almost continuously from the onset of summer till the first hard frost in fall.

Each flower of this rose is double, cup shaped and the petals surround a golden knot of stamens. At the same time, it is an exceptionally hardy plant. In fact, 'Chaplain' rose would emerge a winner even if it was not so tough and remarkably resistant to diseases.

However, the only flaw of this shrub rose, if you can actually call it a fault, is that the new growth of the shrub is very sluggish. At the same time, this rose is not a very enthusiastic grower.

'Constance Spry' Roses

Introduced - 1961

'Constance Spry' is known to be the first of the English roses bred by David Austin. In fact, the British nurseryman dreamt of developing something more and this shrub rose was only a partial realisation of his dream.

The actual goal of David Austin, which he eventually achieved, was to blend the classic form as well as the attractiveness of the old garden roses with the continuously blooming nature of the modern roses. Contrary to this, 'Constance Spry' rose blooms only once in a growing season.

Nevertheless, even this shrub rose has been hugely successful. It has succeeded in becoming a very popular rose among the gardeners of more than one generation. This shrub rose bears large, double, cup shaped flowers whose colors vary from light to average pink.

The flowers of 'Constance Spry' possess the graceful form of old roses as well as their sweet fragrance. Even if the blooms of 'Constance Spry' wouldn't have been so appealing, it would have still definitely won much popularity owing to its reliable and carefree nature. In fact, this shrub rose simply grows well.

It produces long canes that can be restricted by pruning. You may also grow this rose in the form of a specimen shrub bearing large flowers. If the plants are allowed to draw out, 'Constance Spry' can turn out to be an exceptionally vigorous climber.



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