Ground cover roses: winter-hardy varieties + photo

Ground cover roses: winter-hardy varieties + photo

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Selected as a separate group at the end of the twentieth century, ground cover roses quickly gained popularity. It is not surprising, because it is these flowers that can be called universal for decorating any personal plot: they are planted in flower beds, in single plantings, they can fill the empty space between tree groups or cover the hatch. And a gentle slope of ground cover roses blooming all summer will not only decorate, but also protect against erosion and soil leaching.

General information about ground cover roses

Although ground cover varieties from the group of shrub roses were isolated about three decades ago, this does not mean at all that they did not exist before.

The origin of ground cover roses

Today, several of the newest varieties of ground cover roses appear on the market every year. Most of them are distinguished by repeated abundant flowering and excellent winter hardiness. The ground cover varieties owe their origin to two types of rose hips - the Vihura Rosehip and the Wrinkled Rose, which is often called Rose Rugosa.

Vihura's rosehip

Both parents have an attractive appearance and high resistance to adverse weather factors.

Rosehip Wrinkled

Classification of ground cover varieties

Details about the roses of this group are described in our article.

We will only repeat briefly that ground cover roses are those varieties that have a short stature and a spreading crown, forming a dense canopy of shoots and leaves. They are divided into four subgroups:

  1. Small creeping bushes with shoots covering the ground no more than 1.5 m, up to 45 cm high.
  2. Large bushes with creeping shoots that grow more than 1.5 m wide, 45 cm high and higher.
  3. Small drooping bushes up to a meter high, capable of covering an area of ​​about 1.5 m.
  4. Large bushes over one meter tall, with drooping shoots that grow more than 1.5 m wide.

The first and second subgroups have horizontal shoots that can take root in the knees and quickly cover a vast territory. The varieties belonging to the second group can be grown as climbing roses. The latter two subgroups can often be classified as bush or climbing varieties. So do not be surprised if in different catalogs you find the same variety assigned to different groups.

Growing ground cover roses

You can learn more about caring for them from our article.

And also you can watch a video about caring for ground cover roses:

We want to point out that ground cover varieties require minimal maintenance. It is important to give them enough space when planting so that they do not intertwine branches with each other and do not stun other plants. Roses of the first two groups can be tied to supports, and drooping tall bushes can be grown as shrubs.

All of them need only sanitary pruning.

Varieties that bloom all summer

When we look at the description of varieties of roses, we can often read in the “bloom” column that they bloom once, repeatedly and constantly. Let's take a closer look at this issue.

  • With a single flowering, everything is clear - roses have bloomed once, even if for a long time and abundantly, in the future we can see only single random buds on their bushes.
  • Constantly blooming - also seems to be understandable. These roses should bloom all season.
  • Re-flowering varieties are those in which the first wave of flowering, after a short break, is followed by a second wave, sometimes even more abundant than the previous one. With good care, the roses of this group sometimes bloom continuously until the very frost.

But for some reason, not always constantly and repeatedly flowering varieties fulfill their obligations. Often, after the first lush wave of flowering, only single pitiful buds appear on the bushes, and rather small ones.

So read again how to properly care for roses - there should be 7 (!) Dressings, and not counting the foliar ones. Only those who have rich, fertile soils can neglect this rule, and even then they should not cancel feeding, but only reduce their amount.

Varieties of ground cover roses

Naturally, we want roses to bloom all summer long. This can only be achieved with proper care and adherence to the feeding schedule. In the case of ground cover roses, this is not at all difficult, as we have already said, they have excellent vitality, and they are absolutely not capricious. Your attention will be presented to the varieties of winter-hardy, blooming until the very frost. We decided to group them by color, for this group red, white, pink colors are standard, the rest are uncharacteristic for ground cover roses, just right to call them exotic. We will give a short description of the variety, post a photo for clarity.

Red varieties

Red roses will decorate any garden. They will successfully create a bright spot on the lawn or flower bed, and the towering varieties will invariably attract attention.


Self-cleaning variety with bright red simple flowers 6-8 cm in size, collected in 5-10 pieces. Forms a compact bush no more than 80 cm high, about 70 cm wide, belongs to the third subgroup. This rose blooms constantly, feels good in the fifth zone, is resistant to diseases and buds getting wet.

Martha's Vinyard

This variety blooms late, but then its semi-double buds with a faint odor completely cover the shoots until frost. A bush 60-75 cm high spreads shoots 1.5 m, forming a huge flowering pillow. Rather crimson than red flowers do not exceed 4 cm in diameter, they are most often collected in 5-10 pieces. Climatic zone - fifth, good disease resistance. This variety keeps high and low temperatures well.

Purple Hayes

It is one of the best re-blooming red groundcover roses, despite its simple flower. It has a deep red color and perfect shape. The number of buds up to 6 cm in diameter in the inflorescence is 3-5. The bush is no more than 70 cm high and reaches a meter wide, intended for cultivation in zone five, has a high resistance to diseases, medium - to soaking.

White varieties

White roses will be appropriate everywhere. Their varieties can be combined with any shrubs or flowers of other colors - they will refresh and dilute even plantings with an ineptly selected color scheme.


It fully justifies its name, as it is grown even in the fourth climatic zone, easily withstands frosts up to 35 degrees. This rose up to 60 cm high and about 120 cm wide can be grown as a groundcover. White medium double flowers 4-5 cm in size, rosette-shaped, collected in 5-10 pieces and almost odorless. Flowering - repeated, if you do not keep the plant on a starvation diet, this rose will bloom constantly until frost. Resistance to soaking is medium, to diseases - high. According to reviews, it does not need to remove faded buds.

Diamond Border

A fairly tall bush up to 90 cm wide can stretch up to one and a half meters. Flowers - snow-white, with a light pleasant aroma of rose hips, semi-double, no more than 10 cm in diameter, collected 5-10 cm each. It blooms again, has a high resistance to diseases. The rose would be ideal if it were not for its low resistance to soaking.

White Flower Carpet

This is one of the best white ground cover roses. It rarely grows up to 50 cm in height, about 125 in width. Belongs to the first subgroup, grows in the fifth zone, has continuous flowering and high resistance to wetting and disease. Flowers - snow-white, semi-double, up to 6 cm in size, collected in inflorescences of 3-15 pieces.

Pink varieties

Delicate pink flowers sometimes look touching and sometimes defiant. See how different they can be depending on the shade.


A re-flowering scrub that can be grown as a groundcover. In height, the bush reaches 70-80 cm, and in width without trimming it can spread out to two meters. Semi-double flowers with wavy petals are almost odorless, reach 6 cm and are collected in 5-10 at the tops of the shoots. The variety is intended for cultivation in the fifth climatic zone, resistant to diseases and soaking.


Rosa Cordesa is a kind of quality mark. A dense compact bush up to 40 cm high and 50 cm wide is distinguished by excellent health, resistance to soaking and is intended for the fifth climatic zone. Saturated pink simple flowers with a yellow center have a diameter of 3-4 cm and are collected together in 5-10 pieces, they bloom on a bush continuously until frost.

Lavender Dream

This rose has very small semi-double flowers of a cold dark pink color. They reach only 2-3 cm in diameter, are collected in bunches of 5-10 pieces, but during the first flowering they almost completely cover the bushes. After some attenuation, the flowers appear again, though not in such stunning quantities. The bush reaches 60-70 cm in height and about 100 cm in width. Medium disease resistance, intended for the fifth climatic zone.

Roses with exotic colors

If you want to surprise someone, then yellow or orange ground cover roses are just what you need. There are not so many of them, so their presence in the garden is always admirable.

Amber Cover

A hardy and healthy variety belonging to the third subgroup, it is excellent for our conditions. The bush grows in height by no more than 60-90 cm, drooping leafy shoots with a small number of thorns are spread by 1.5 m. The size of amber-yellow spherical semi-double buds reaches 10 cm, the number of flowers in a brush is up to 5-10 pieces. This rose blooms continuously, has a rosehip scent and grows well in the fifth climate zone. Resistance to soaking and disease is very high.


Rose with bronze-orange flowers up to 4 cm in diameter, which are collected in 3-5 pieces. Great for planting in arrays. It reaches a height of 60-70 cm, the shoots first stretch up and then droop. It blooms again, self-cleans and has a high resistance to diseases, medium - to getting wet.

Lemon Maidiland

Pale yellow semi-double flowers up to 5 cm in size 3-5 are gathered together and have a weak aroma. A compact bush with small glossy leaves rarely reaches a height of 50 cm, it grows by half a meter. The re-flowering variety is intended for cultivation in the fifth zone, has a high resistance to diseases and drenching.


I hope we have convinced you that ground cover roses are beautiful. They should be grown on each site, and given the ease of maintenance and ease of reproduction, these varieties can be recommended even for small-tended gardens.


Oleg Stanislavovich, Moscow region

Our climate is harsh, roses have to be selected especially carefully, but the variety "Arktika" surprised, and pleasantly. I take care of the flowers carefully, I do not miss feeding, I cover well. So, there are no problems with wintering! For four years now! And it does not bloom again, but until the very frost, I cut the last buds in front of the shelter.

Victoria Viktorovna, Krasnodar region

You yourself understand that flowers grow, whatever. They gave me a rose of the variety "Pearl Hayes", planted only out of politeness - why do I need a variety with simple flowers? I thought next year I would say that I was gone, but I literally fell in love with her! Now I pin the branches to the ground, because there is a queue of friends and neighbors for its layering.

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