Carpet roses are the easy-keepers we can all use, especially when we need to cover a garden with fast growing flowering ground cover.
They need about six hours of sun in order to produce their traditional clusters of rose blooms with one exception- if you live in an area with intense summer heat, they will do better when planted in a place where they can get some mid-day shade. Most will tolerate shade and 4 to 5 hours of sun but they might not bloom to their full capacity in these conditions. Nevertheless, their leaves maintain their shine and look great.
They will bloom all season. Most will thrive in Zones 5-10.
They need some fertilizer; however, mine seem to be doing just fine with just a spring dose (stay tuned, one of these years they may demand more).
They are also very tolerant of dry conditions. If their number of blooms decrease, this is their way of asking for more water
As for pests, every rose can succumb to pest but these roses are about as tough as they come. I have not had any issues, except for some yellowing of the leaves near the ground. I just give them a shake and move on and they to do just fine.
Pick Your Spots
Gardening, much like most life, is a lot about timing and picking the right spot.
If you only have so much time to spend in your garden and yard, it make sense to pick some easy-keepers that will take less than their fair share of your garden time.
With these easy-keepers, you can just sit back or spend your saved garden time on your next garden project!