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Smaller reblooming shrub roses, thornless if possible

Posted by kristimama SF East Bay Zn 9 (My Page) on
Sun, May 1, 11 at 12:21

Hi all,
Thanks in advance for your expertise as I plan out my limited planting areas with more old roses!

I have a fairly narrow foundation planting bed about 2.5-3' deep from foundation to the edge of the lawn. And the lawn itself is rather a narrow strip, so my DH doesn't want enormous bushy overflowing roses everywhere. So I'm thinking maybe I could find a couple smaller shrubs (that don't extend from the house more than 2-3 feet) in any color, yellows, pinks, whites.

I also do prefer them thornless as I do have little ones that play in this area.

Thanks!
-kmama


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RE: Smaller reblooming shrub roses, thornless if possible

I don't know about thornless -- I never pay attention to that -- but for size and consistent re-bloom, I'd recommend the true Polyanthas.

Jeri


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RE: Smaller reblooming shrub roses, thornless if possible

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sun, May 1, 11 at 14:00

'Gruss an Aachen' and 'Pink Gruss an Aachen', often sold as 'Irene Watts', are excellent small roses. They have a few thorns, but not many.


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RE: Smaller reblooming shrub roses, thornless if possible

The miniature 'Cinderella' is completely thornless. 'Marie Pavie' has pretty much thornless stems, but does have those tiny back of the leaf prickles.

Don't underestimate the intelligence of children. They quickly learn which plants it's best not to fall into. My brother and I practically grew up on our grandparents' dairy farm negotiating barbed-wire fences and blackberry brambles.


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RE: Smaller reblooming shrub roses, thornless if possible?

Oops. Forgot to mention. They belong to the polys that Jeri recommends, but check out the Cecile Brunner clan (Mlle Cecile Brunner, White Cecile Brunner, and Rita Sammons.) Those are smallish and low on thorns.


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RE: Smaller reblooming shrub roses, thornless if possible

Some years ago, I consulted with a local botanical garden on a selection of small roses for a Children's Garden.

I asked them whether thornlessness was a priority.

They said, no. It was not.
They felt, in fact, that it was best children learn early that some plants have thorns or prickles.

I was reminded of my younger brother, who learned the hard way that you should not insert toy knives into electrical outlets.

Jeri


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RE: Smaller reblooming shrub roses, thornless if possible

I have over a dozen Marie Pavie. It is smallish and nearly thornless, if not thornless. It smells wonderful and blooms all the time, hardly gets disease. It's really easy to root cuttings, too. It does tend to hang on to it's flowers even after they fade, but deadheading is not absolutely necessary as it keeps on blooming.


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RE: Smaller reblooming shrub roses, thornless if possible

Austin's Pretty Jessica is a nice little bush with plenty of blooms.


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RE: Smaller reblooming shrub roses, thornless if possible

Specific polyanthas: Borderer, Lauren, Anda and White Pet.

Sweet Chariot is a big miniature for me. I grow it in a pot.

Sherry

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