If you’re after a tough and low maintenance flower to cover a sunny bare spot in the garden, then a rose from the award winning Flower Carpet® series from Anthony Tesselaar (www.tesselaar.com) is a fantastic choice.


And with Flower Carpet roses being sold in pots (rather than bare rooted), it means that you can plant them year round. Mid-autumn is a great time to get them into the ground as they can start to establish before the cool weather sets in.

Flower Carpet roses are super hardy. When you see great looking displays of Flower Carpet roses growing in parks, council gardens and along road sides, you know they’re one resilient plant!

They’re compact roses, growing to around 80 cm tall and wide and will flower profusely from spring to late autumn. They look fantastic when grown as a border or massed planting but are equally suited to a container. They’re drought hardy once established and easy to maintain. Just cut them back by around a third in late winter or early spring to help keep them looking tidy and compact.

Flower Carpet roses come in a range of gorgeous colours, including rich red, buttery yellow, crisp white, peach and pastel and bright pink. 

When planting a new Flower Carpet rose, mix some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the planting hole. This helps increase the amount of organic matter in the soil which attracts earthworms and soil microbes, helps retain moisture and nutrients in the soil and promotes better soil structure.

Yates Dynamic Lifter will also provide the rose with slow release organic nutrients as it establishes.

In spring, start feeding the Flower Carpet rose each week with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food, to help promote healthy foliage growth and lots of beautiful flowers.

Protecting your roses

As Autumn continues, don’t let roses succumb to black spot, which is a disease that gradually covers rose foliage in yellow patches and then black spots. Untreated black spot can lead to leaf drop, with infected leaves dropping to the ground and becoming a source of future infection. Regular sprays of  Yates Rose Shield Insect & Disease Spray will control black spot and help keep roses healthy during Autumn.

And with many varieties continuing to bloom during April, continue feeding with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food and trim off spent flower heads.

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