Rose Types


The Polyanthus are a group of roses that were mainly a Chinese variety of rose which was first brought to light by a French gardener who found a bush of the plant discarded in a local public park. The gardener found that the plant was tough, vigorous and compact.
Today these roses are being less preferred due to Floribundas, which are relatives of the plant and are much showier than them. It is still worth growing Polyanthus as they are hardy to extreme winter climate conditions, grow low, are compact and bloom continually. The flowers bloom in large sprays and therefore can be used as bedding, low hedging as well as for foregrounds.

The Polyanthus are also frequent rebloomers as they bear small flushes of flowers repeatedly throughout the entire summer and fall. The flowers come in shades of pink, golden, cream etc and the foliage is extremely resistant. Even their tolerance for alkaline soils is notable and tolerance to intense sunlight only shows that they are the best for the Southwest and the Southeast. But that doest not mean that they cannot grow in colder regions, in fact they are found to be ideal for even the milder regions of the Rocky Mountain West and the Mid-Atlantics. It is sad that nowadays they have lost their popularity but there are certain species of Polyanthus that you might consider growing.

The Polyanthus roses were extremely popular at one time, around the 1990's but today they are not so popular owing to more and more of the hybrid qualities and other rose classes that have been developed in recent years. One use that Polyanthas are still used for is breeding. Now let us move on to more information about the Polyanthas group of roses.

Description of the Polyantha rose: low-growing bushy plants with a height of about 14 to 24 inches having small leaves and compact clusters of flowers, in shades of orange, pink, red and white, which grow on short stems. Blooms may be double, semi-double or single and bloom from early spring till frost.

Planting of the rose: Plant the rose plants with a spacing of 18? in summer and 30? in winter.

Special needs of the plant: it is usually a very hardy plant but some winter protection might be needed in cooler regions. Remove faded flowers at all times to ensure repeated bloom. 
Uses of the plant: can be used for bedding and edging of the garden and can also be converted into container plants. 

Varieties of the plant: new varieties are available now but most varieties date back 75 years. Popular varieties are the Margo Koster, Coral Orange, Cecile Brunner, The Fairy and the light pink colored China Doll.