Shrub Roses


In previous posts, I've shared the climbing roses and the David Austin roses but have neglected the shrub roses.

One of my favorites is "Coral Cove". This is a rose from the "Easy Elegance" series that was introduced by Bailey Nurseries. I have found this rose to be very disease resistant and I love the glossy green leaves. Not to mention the color of the blooms!

'Coral Cove'

"Coral Cove" has gotten much larger than I anticipated but I have found this to be the norm when reading rose labels. Ours is easily 5 ft. tall but it is advertised to get only 2.5 - 3 feet. It blooms like a maniac and sometimes the flower branches flop over after rain. Still, there is much to admire about this rose.

Another rose in the "Easy Elegance" series is "Champagne Wishes" and I've been impressed with it as well. It got too large for the spot I put it in (in all fairness, the label does say 3-4 ft. tall). I wanted a low growing rose and find that this one is out of proportion. I plan to move it to another location.

'Champagne Wishes'

Sometimes plant sizes vary according to where you are located. In Alabama, the polyantha rose 'Marie Pavie' stayed at a modest 3 feet. It was a favorite of mine and I bought it again after moving to Washington. Here is quickly grew to a 5 x 6' shrub.

'Marie Pavie'

Another favorite that we grew in the previous garden - 'Marjorie Fair' aka 'Red Ballerina'. This is a hybrid musk rose that gets rather large - about 5' x 8'.

'Marjorie Fair'

And the largest of them all is 'Buff Beauty', over 5 ft. tall and 8 or more feet in width. This one can be grown as a climber, which I've never done, but now wish I had.

'Buff Beauty'

I discovered 'Chinatown' at Joy Creek Nursery. It is a beautiful yellow rose.



And the rest -

'Kardinal Kaleidoscope'

'Plum Perfect'

'Robin Hood'

'Home Run'

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. It is amazing to me that you have room for all of these roses what with all your other plants. These roses are gorgeous. I really like the yellow one with pink edges. Champagne Wishes doesn't look too large for its spot to me. It might grow larger though. Love seeing all your roses.

  2. I am in the process of removing Buff Beauty -a daunting task. Love it so much but it started to decline dramatically last year so off it goes. What to replace it with is the question.

  3. I love the Plum Perfect rose. Can it grow without chemicals? I am asking this because I don't use chemicals in my garden. Thank you!!

    1. Marijke, I don't use chemicals either. Plum Perfect does get blackspot sometimes although it isn't too bad. I would say it is "moderately" disease resistant.

  4. I am so amazed at how mature your garden is now Phillip. What year did you relocate? I remember receiving you relocating some years ago. Just fabulous! I've been in our 1889 Victorian since 2012 and I'm still working on a mature garden. Well Done!

    1. Katrina, we moved here in 2015 - this is the 5th year. Things have grown so fast!

  5. You are had 1 rosy June! How does rose growing in the PNW compare to AL?

    1. They are more robust and colorful here. I have problems with powdery mildew which rarely happened in AL. Blackspot was insects were more of a problem in AL. I've never seen a Japanese beetle here (thank goodness!).


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