Whimsy In the Garden: Adding Fairy Roses to the Landscape

“Dear Rosarian Consultant,

I have a fairy rose bush and I love it.  I would like to have something else like it, but don’t know what variety to chose.  Do you have any uggestions on a bush that bushes like the fairy and has tones of flowers like that?




Hi Dee,

Thanks for the question.  The Fairy Rose is a type of polyantha rose.  The polyantha rose is a smaller rose than the hybrid tea and grows in clusters. It is a winter-hardy rose that is disease resistant. Many times, the polyantha is planted as a border for a rose bed. Commercially, the polyantha rose is referred to as a sweetheart rose.

Unfortunately, polyantha roses are hard to find these days because most people are interested in tea or shrub roses.  Polyanthas are, for the most part, considered to be an ‘old-fashioned rose.  However, I , like you, think they are rather nice.

Here are some varieties that I recommend:

Caldwell Pink

Climbing Cecile Brunner

Climbing Clotilde Souper

Climbing Pinkie

Clotilde Souper

La Marne

Margo Koster

Marie Daly

Marie Pavie

Perle d’Or

Climbing Fairy

I hope you enjoy looking at these and find some of them to your liking.


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