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Does anyone grow a 'procumbent' or groundcover rose in a container?

BlueBirderBlueBirder Posts: 153
I am looking to make my first foray into roses, and was very excited to see on sites such as David Austen and Peter Beales there are some procumbent/ground cover roses apparently suitable for growing in containers. I am very fond of several of these, as they resembles a rose which grew in my grandmother's garden. However I am restricted in having a container garden and need a rose which would be OK in a (large - 60cm diameter) pot. Does anyone grow a procumbent rose in a container, and if so, does it sprawl outwards? Fall down to the ground? Or does it sound like a terrible idea to grow a ground cover rose in a pot, and should I stick to a shrub or bush? Thanks in advance - any advice or words of wisdom much appreciated.

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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,897
    edited 27 March
    Thanks for the question. David Austin and other rose sellers have a filter search function where you can add your requirements.* Looking at DA and filtering for ground covers that work for containers, they offer 18 of these. They need big containers to do well.

    I don't personally grow any of these, so I cannot comment on the individual rose plants.


    *The search / filter functions on all the main UK rose sellers are very glitchy and don't represent all their stock available. DA is especially bad for this. Sometimes their filters will only half of the hits. It's been like this for years and I have no idea why DA don't fix it. Just bear it in mind and don't take their limited results too literally.

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,216
    I grow both the Pink and White Flower Carpet roses but don't consider either to be suitable for a container unfortunately - they are far too big, my Pink FC has reached 6 ft x 4ft!

    Can't comment on any others I'm afraid. You could look at the ones labelled 'Patio' roses.
  • KayJKayJ Midsomer NortonPosts: 47
    I've got a ground cover rose (Temple Bells) in a pot, it's been a nightmare....throwing huge long canes sideways to snag passers-by, vicious thing! I ended up spiralling it up an obelisk, but all the flowers were at the bottom so didn't impress me. Don't think it will be staying! Other varieties may be better behaved and more suitable though!
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,897
    Lizzie27 said:
    I grow both the Pink and White Flower Carpet roses but don't consider either to be suitable for a container unfortunately - they are far too big, my Pink FC has reached 6 ft x 4ft!

    I would think a "carpet" rose that gets to six foot has kind of blown its job description. 
  • JessicaSJessicaS East Midlands, UKPosts: 536
    Yes, I have "wiltshire" very happy in a pot with Salvias and summer bedding.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,216
     :) 
  • BlueBirderBlueBirder Posts: 153
    Thanks all, this has been interesting! I definitely don't want something which will attempt to capture me every time I walk past but JessicaS your rose looks beautiful. Food for thought 🤔 
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