Ground cover roses

It’s worth considering planting ramblers on a steep bank for ground cover, so that they tumble downwards as they do at Crathes Castle in Scotland. Or you may consider the low-growing Flower Carpet roses, which are good at covering rough ground and need little maintenance other than a yearly trim with a strimmer. This sounds harsh, but it works. ‘Flower Carpet Sunshine’ is a good choice, or plant the Country Series that include the white ‘Kent’, or the frilly pink ‘Surrey’.  Flower Carpet and the Country Series are both grown in RHS Wisley’s new Rose Garden, so don’t dismiss them just because they’re low-growing ground cover. They’re prolific and strong, but gentle on the eye.

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