Ground cover roses come in a variety of forms but they
share the characteristics of long spreading branches which spread over the
ground rather than growing upright.
Most ground cover roses are repeat flowering and most have
little or no scent. Most of the growth occurs from the base of the plants.
To the left is the ground cover rose "Suffolk".
Ground cover roses have thorns which makes weeding between them
difficult. They will not exclude all light and loose their leaves in
winter. So it's a good idea to apply a thick layer of mulch before
planting and repeat every year or so.
Ground cover roses look good at the front of a bed. They also look good
when trained to drape over the edge of low walls.
They require the same treatment as other roses. Pruning consists of keeping
the plant to shape and occasionally pruning the centre of the plant to let air
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