12 Easy Ways to Landscape Using Flower Carpet Roses

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Regardless of where or how they’re used, Flower Carpet roses provide months of color and interest to any setting.

Creating an easy-to-maintain landscape is simple if you include some Flower Carpet roses as part of your landscape plant. Easy Care Flower Carpet roses come in a wide variety of colors – from soft Amber, Appleblossom, Pink Splash, Coral and White to bolder tones of Scarlet, Pink Supreme, and Red. Their sizes vary slightly depending on variety and your geographical location and weather conditions.  Regardless of your color and size choices though, you’re sure to find a variety to suit your own taste and landscape needs.

All varieties of Flower Carpet have glossy green leaves and bloom for months at a time. The original ‘eco rose”, Flower Carpet requires no spraying, chemicals or fancy pruning to keep it performing.  A simple cut-back each spring, a good mulching, watering as needed and some fertilizer is all it takes to keep it blooming all summer long!   Flower Carpet blooms in full sun to partial sun (at least 6 hours a day).


Easy Erosion Control

Plantings on banks and slopes to control erosion can be as complex or simple as you’d like.  However, using an easy-care plant like Flower Carpet on your bank can add loads of season-long color with minimal work.  Once they’re planted and well mulched, they require very little additional care other than a light feeding with controlled release fertilizer and an easy cut-back with hedge sheers, pruners or even a weed whacker in the early spring.

landscaping a slope

This slope was a disaster waiting to happen before it was planted with Flower Carpet Appleblossom and Pink.


Flower Carpet Red

Red Flower Carpet roses on slope at Ladera Ranch in South Orange County, California, featured here by Landscape Design/Build magazine’s e-newsletter.


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Flower Carpet Coral was planted to help control erosion on this California hillside



Soften a walkway or patio

Walkway and patios – whether they’re stone, gravel or brick – can often seem a bit cold and uninviting.  Softening them with a border of Flower Carpet roses is an easy way to add color and interest to the area.

garden pathways

Flower Carpet Coral along a garden pathway


easy care roses

Flower Carpet Roses are bred to be disease resistant, low maintenance and provide months of flowers.


Landscaping walkways

Flower Carpet Pink and Lavender plants soften this brick walkway and make a welcoming entranceway

Add protection and privacy around a pool or pond

Flower Carpet roses can be planted around a pond to keep little ones from wondering in, or in larger displays poolside.

garden ponds

Mixed Flower Carpet varieties keep kids and critters from accidentally wandering into this garden pond. Photo courtesy Rogerland.com.


Garden pond

Flower Carpet serves as a protective border to this little pond area.


landscaping around swimming pool

Flower Carpet Pink adds privacy and a bit of protection to this pool. Photo courtesy Hoffman Landscapes.

Create a colorful border hedge

Depending on the variety and your location/growing zone, Flower Carpet roses can serve as a colorful hedge growing between 2 -4 feet tall.

border plants

Mixed varieties of Flower Carpet roses serve as a long-blooming border.



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Flower Carpet Pink Supreme used as a border hedge along a coastal road in Maine provides color even in the heat of summer.


Flower Carpet White serves as a lovely living fence or small hedge.

Containers for use in the garden or patio

Flower Carpet roses make ideal container plants – either on their own or inter-planted with annuals.  Need a bit of extra color in certain spots during the season as blooms fade?  Fill a large (24-36”) container about half full with lightweight materials like old packing peanuts, leftover bird netting or other porous materials and the top half with a good quality soil and plants. Then move the container to bare spots that appear in your garden beds for instant color!

container gardening

Flower Carpet Coral planted with Coral Bells give a little “lift” to this bed of Lady’s Mantle.

Flower Carpet Appleblossom in container

A single planting of Flower Carpet Appleblossom rose welcomes visitors to sit and relax in this little cottage garden.


single color containers

This single-color filled container of Flower Carpet Yellow, Lady’s Mantel and carex is the only flowering plant within this landscape.

Create a welcoming driveway border

Flower Carpet can withstand not only high heat conditions that are common along hot black-top driveways, but also winter road salt spray and snow plow damage. Low-maintenance, drought tolerant Flower Carpet roses are ideal for areas that are often hard to reach with hoses or sprinkler systems.

driveway plantings

Pink Supreme along New England driveway gets covered with road salt all winter long and still thrives!


Driveway plantings

Flower Carpet Amber softens a driveway entrance.


curb appeal

Flower Carpet Pink Supreme softens the look of the hard asphalt and adds nice curb appeal to this suburban home.

Soften a Stone Wall

Flower Carpet comes in a wide variety of colors – from softer Amber, Appleblossom Pink Splash, Coral and White to bolder tones of Scarlet, Pink Supreme, and Red.  Regardless of your color choice, you’ll find a variety to grace any stone wall with its nonstop blossoms and shiny green foliage.

Flower Carpet Scarlet

Flower Carpet Scarlet with lavender make a lovely mix and helps with erosion along this bank.


Flower Carpet Coral

Flower Carpet Coral softens this stone wall.


Stone walls

Flower Carpet Appleblossom cascading over a old-fashioned wall.


Boost Your Curb Appeal

With its non-stop blooms, Flower Carpet is the perfect for boosting your curb appeal and welcoming friends and neighbors with very little time or effort. Because it tolerates both high radiant heat from roadways and the salt used in northern climates during the winter, Flower Carpet is ideal as a curbside plant.

Increasing Curb Appeal

Curbside planting of Flower Carpet Pink warms up a city-scape.


heat tolerant plants

Flower Carpet Red add bright color to this California curbside garden while tolerating the high head from the adjacent road.


drought tolerant roses

Flower Carpet Yellow withstands the radiant heat from the stone wall in this Ladera Ranch CA curbside planting


Create a colorful “first tier” in the front of a perennial border or bed

With its long bloom time, Flower Carpets are ideal in perennials beds, especially beds that loose color once other perennials end their bloom cycles.


border plants

Flower Carpet Pink Supreme and Coral line the border of a large perennial bed.


landscape plantings

Flower Carpet Amber roses are wonderful in mass plantings.

Looking for an easy-care damage-free foundation plant?

Flower Carpets are ideal for foundation planting because although their roots are strong, unlike many plants used for foundation plantings, they aren’t strong or large enough to damage foundation walls.

foundation plantings

Flower Carpet White makes an easy-care foundation planting.


Flower Carpet Pink in a tiny pocket garden.


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As a foundation planting, Flower Carpet Amber softens the front of this Vermont home


foundation planting

Flower Carpet Appleblossom

Create an attractive backdrop for a special feature

Looking for an easy care plant to use near an outdoor dining area, a garden bench or a special corner of the garden?

Scarlet Flower Carpet groundcover rose

Flower Carpet Scarlet adds instant color and interest to this small patio planting.


Flower Carpet Amber rose

Flower Carpet Amber ads a soft touch and warm elegance to this patio dining area


wagon wheels in garden

Appleblossom on wagon wheel

Fabulous Fences

Depending on the variety and your location Flower Carpets can be left uncut to grow along or over fences, creating an old-fashioned cottage garden look.

garden fences

If left uncut for a season, Flower Carpet Pink can easily trail a low fence.


cottage garden

Flower Carpet Scarlet add a brilliant touch to this cottage garden.


Cottage Gardens

Nothing says “Cottage Garden” like roses on a picket fence! Shown here are Flower Carpet Pink


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48 Responses to 12 Easy Ways to Landscape Using Flower Carpet Roses

  1. Loretta Froese March 20, 2014 at 4:32 am #

    Will these roses grow in Alaska ( Only in Alaska, and can they be shipped to Alaska?

  2. judieyeg March 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi Loretta,
    Unfortunately Flower Carpet roses are not available in Alaska. They are hardy to USDA Zone 4.

  3. Sarah Shackelford April 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    What is the name of the carpet rose???

  4. judieyeg April 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Flower Carpet roses come in a variety of colors and a full listing of those can be found on the Flower Carpet page under Easy Care Favorites.

  5. Bill Murphy April 23, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    Are the deer resistant?

  6. Your Easy Garden Team April 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    It depends. We live in rural Vermont and have a LOT of deer. They never touch ours. We have a friend in Oregon who also has deer and they don’t touch hers,
    either. Other people in more urban areas tell us they do eat theirs.

  7. Maria April 28, 2014 at 1:38 am #

    I live in Curacao and have full sun all year long. Can I plant a flower Carpet and how or where can I order the flower or roses?

  8. Your Easy Garden Team April 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    We’re not aware of anyone who ships to the southern Caribbean. You might try http://www.WillowCreekGardens.com to see if they might.

  9. Sharon June 19, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    Can you tell me if carpet roses or their foliage are toxic to dogs, cats or horses?

  10. Your Easy Garden Team June 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Hi – to the best of our knowledge, Flower Carpet roses are not toxic to animals. Because they don’t require any chemicals or spraying to keep them performing and blooming, they’re a good pet-friendly option for the garden, especially compared to other roses that do often require chemicals for peak performance. Hope this helps!

  11. Yup flowers August 10, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    Beautiful, literally we can say flowers are the most beautiful creation of nature in the world, when we see flowers we can’t imagine the creativity of god!!!

  12. Judy October 16, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    Do you think these will work in Dallas TX heat?

  13. Your Easy Garden Team October 19, 2015 at 6:51 pm #


  14. Joanne October 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

    Scarlet carpet is better than red carpet providing you feed it well in my zone 6a . However, they get pretty tired by the middle of October. Prolong the show with wave petunias, they are amazing. They will take numerous frost hits.

  15. Carol June 10, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    How do you control the spread? I have an 11 year old carpet rose that’s now creating babies/suckers/whatever-you-want-to-call-them all throughout the rest of my landscaping. I’d like to remove these – can I dig them up and cut the root back close to the main plant? Or will it just come back in the future? Heh, maybe I should remove the rest of my landscaping and let the rose just take over.

  16. Priscilla June 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    Can carpet roses be planted in areas of only part sun (6 hrs.) I read that they will do well in part shade. However this web site lists full sun.

  17. Your Easy Garden Team June 11, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    HI Priscilla, they bloom best in full sun but as long as they have about 6 hours they should still do very well for you and if you’re in a very warm climate, 6 hours is quite sufficient. Thanks for reminding us about this and I’ll adjust the post to explain this a little better!

  18. Your Easy Garden Team June 11, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    Hi Carol, This is the first we’ve heard of Flower Carpet roses sending out suckers beyond the center of the plant itself. If the leaves aren’t shiny/glossy, it probably isn’t Flower Carpet and sounds more like a wild rose. If you’re certain it’s Flower Carpet, you can certainly dig them up and cut the roots back but again, in 19 years of working with the roses, this is the first we’ve heard of this. If you’d care to send photos, you can send them to JBrower@TesselaarUSA.com and we’ll check them out.

  19. Nancy Packard June 14, 2016 at 12:36 am #

    My bushes are over-laden & beaten down by rain. Can I cut them back now? They have finished the first bloom of the season. Very unattractive. I live in Maryland. Not sure what zone I’m in.

  20. Your Easy Garden Team June 15, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Hi Nancy, Flower Carpet Amber blooms in “flushes” and in most locations, may not have a second full bloom until later in the summer. The other Flower Carpet rose varieties bloom throughout the summer once they get started. Regardless of what variety you have though, you can certainly cut back some of the longer branches and they’ll just send out their new blooms a little later.

  21. G Baez August 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    Where can I buy these roses in south Florida or on line? http://www.WillowCreekGardens.com seems to be out of business.

  22. Your Easy Garden Team August 18, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    Hi – not sure what’s happened to their website. We’ll check and get back to you. If you’re on the west coast where garden centers supply fresh plants year roung, any independent garden centers that carry Monrovia plants (one of our growers) should be able to supply them. In the rest of the country however, the garden centers are probably sold out at this time of year. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  23. Brenda October 16, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

    Hello from Michigan! My Flower Carpet pinks are over 10 years old. The first bloom is lush, fragrant, and beautiful. The second bloom has become very weak, almost non-existent. What can I do? Have the bushes lost their vigor? Thanks fr your help!

  24. Your Easy Garden Team October 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi Brenda, this could be due to several factors. It could be that your soil is lacking in phosphorus which is essential for ongoing bloom production. Generally a good time-release fertilizer like Osmocote is fine for Flower Carpets but some soils may require a little assistance. Do you feed them after their first bloom? They use a lot of energy to push out those blooms, and it if you aren’t already using one, try a fertilizer which contains a higher amount of phosphorus (the “P” in the N-P-K rating on fertilizer bags) than nitrogen (N) and potassiums (K). If you can’t find one that is, you can add phosphorus on it’s own with banana peels, bone meal, rock phosphate and chicken manure. Fertilize early in the spring and then again after the first bloom. Also, most roses, including Flower Carpet, will have diminished blooms in high heat but usually pick up when the temps cool down. I hope this helps! Please keep us posted.

  25. Andrea April 27, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    Our white carpet roses are beautiful right now with all the rain we’ve had in Northern California, but in summer the leaves turn yellow & fall off? Too much water, not enough? Help! Thank you for your help

  26. Your Easy Garden Team April 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi Andrea,
    If they’re good now with all the rain you’ve have and leaves don’t turn yellow until the summer, our guess is that they’re not getting enough water. Because they’re such prolific bloomers, if you haven’t already done so, it would be good to fertilize them soon too. Any all purpose fertilizer or rose fertilizer is fine. Keep us posted please!

  27. Pete May 11, 2017 at 1:09 am #

    Hello. Im located in central Ca. What is a good plant to plant within the red carpet rose? Something white or lavender that will thrive but also add a mix to the color? Thanks!

  28. Your Easy Garden Team May 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    Hello Pete, I would suggest checking with your local garden independent garden center or your extension service to see what might grow best in your area. You can also interplant White Flower Carpets which in your area, I believe, will not get as large as the Flower Carpet Red variety. Lavender plants are also drought and heat tolerant so that might be another option. You can also go to the Monrovia Plants website and do a search by color, sun/shade, Zone, etc. and you might find something interesting there. Many garden centers in the central CA area carry Monrovia plants, or you can order them from Monrovia and have it delivered to a local garden center. http://www.monrovia.com

  29. Deborah May 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    Where can I buy these Flower Carpet Roses in Ontario, Canada?

  30. Your Easy Garden Team May 16, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    Hi Deborah. Some Cosco’s carry them and you may be able to find them at Grobe’s Nursery and Garden Centre http://www.grobenursery.com/flower_carpet_roses

  31. Wei May 21, 2017 at 9:52 pm #

    Hi, I’m from Toronto. I’ve just planted the scarlet ones last week. How big will they grow in their first year?

  32. Your Easy Garden Team May 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    Probably about 2 feet, depending on how warm the summer gets this year. They normally don’t get much wider than 3 feet but if you still have the plant tag, you’ll see that information listed in terms of plant size, how far apart they should be planted, etc. Happy gardening!

  33. Wei May 25, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

    Yes it says 3 feet on the tag. I was just wondering if they can grow that big in the first year and if I need to plant some annuals to fill in the room if not 🙂 thanks!

  34. Audrey Westmoreland May 27, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    Hello I am from Alabama, I absolutely love the look of these roses and would love to have some, but it seems like all the websites I see it sold on are sold out or don’t deliver to my area. Is there a certain time of year they are in stock? All the other types of rose carpets are sold out as well, so I was figuring they get new ones in at certain times of the year. Can you recommend a website, please? Thank you!

  35. Your Easy Garden Team May 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi please check with your local Home Depot or Lowes or EasyToGrow Bulbs may still have some in inventory and they’re very reputable. Here’s the link: https://www.easytogrowbulbs.com/pages/search-results-page?q=flower+carpet+roses

  36. Your Easy Garden Team May 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    Again, how large they grow in the first year is dependent upon weather conditions, general climate/growing zone, etc. 3 feet is generally the largest they’ll grow but that’s as a mature plant. So for the first year in your climate they’ll probably grow to about 2 feet so annual fillers might be good.

  37. Cathy June 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    Hi there I live in London and have grown a couple of these as a climber. They are evergreen in my garden and make a brilliant hedge if you support them upwards rather than letting them grow horizontally. I have even had them flowering through the winter, with snow upon them.

  38. Laurie June 3, 2017 at 11:44 pm #

    Hi. I have been to Lowe’s, Home Depot, and other local garden stores in Central Massachusetts. The only color I can get is Pink Splash. I bought three! However, I would like to add more colors for variety. EasyToGrowBulbs is also completely out of stock in all colors. Could you please answer the question Audrey Westmoreland asked, as I too want to know how I can get them. Are they only available at a certain time of year? I may have to leave extra space in my flower border for new colors next year if that is the case. Thank you!

  39. Your Easy Garden Team June 7, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi Laurie, we’re very sorry to hear that you haven’t been able to find any of these and we’re sending you an email with a bit more info specific to your area. However, generally they’re available at garden centers from late April/early May into late June/early July in most parts of the US. For an online source, EasyToGrowBulbs generally them on their website starting in Jan or Feb; you can order them as early as you’d like, and they’ll then ship (and charge your credit card) at a time that’s appropriate to the customer’s growing area. They generally sell out by early May. When we responded to Audrey’s question they did still have some in inventory (we checked before sending the link) but they obviously were near the end of their availability for they year. Thanks for your patience and we hope that you do enjoy the 3 that you have.

  40. JJ June 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    Hi, I just bought some of the scarlet ones. I live in Erie so the winters are pretty harsh with lots of snow. How can I protect the plants during the winter? If using mulch, would I have to cover the entire plant or just more around the center base and roots?

  41. Your Easy Garden Team June 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi JJ, Actually the snow is a good insulator for the roses but it’s best to add a few extra inches of mulch or leaves around the base of the plant, particularly during the first year as the roots are getting established. This helps to protect them from frost heaves (which I’m sure you’re very familiar with in that area!). Although you can do a little cosmetic pruning in the late summer/early fall, don’t cut them back or feed them until the spring (March /April to prune and once the ground thaws to feed). Don’t be surprised if you see quite a bit of die-back on the top branches. That’s normal and you can just cut them back to a few inches above the ground and they’ll reward you with loads of new growth. Flower Carpet are “own root” (not grafted) which means they’ll send up new fresh growth not only on the existing stems, but from their root structure.

  42. Doris Brune July 2, 2017 at 5:01 am #

    I’m searching high and low in the St. Louis, MO area for the Amber color and have only found 5. I need a few more. Can you help find them? I’ve called all of the Home Depot stores and most of the Lowe’s stores. Found some at SummerWinds nursery in Ellisville, MO.

  43. Your Easy Garden Team July 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    Hi Doris,
    I’m sorry you haven’t been able to find more Flower Carpet Ambers. Come spring you can order them as bare-root plants from EasyToGrowBulbs.com but for now, you can check with Monrovia Nursery’s website. This link takes you to their “find a garden center” site http://www.monrovia.com/find-a-garden-center/ If you find a garden center within driving distance, you may find that they carry Amber, or could order one for you through this section of their website http://shop.monrovia.com.

  44. Doris Brune July 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    Found 3 in one place and 4 in another after lots of phone calls.

  45. sharon March 29, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi- are these roses grafted or own root.

  46. Your Easy Garden Team April 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm #


  47. C Andrus September 9, 2018 at 10:39 pm #

    Can you please describe the differences in the Red and the Scarlet varieties – or are they the same plant just known by different names? Also, which of the carpet rose colors would be the LEAST attractive to bees? I’ve read that bees generally don’t like red roses, but what about the carpet roses and bees specifically? I’d like to plant the carpet roses very near a pool that is used by children, but I’m concerned that the bees will be a problem.

    Also, when is the best time to plant these roses in zone 4-5?

    Thank you!

  48. Your Easy Garden Team September 21, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

    The blooms on Flower Carpet Red are singles and those on Scarlet are doubles (basically they’re fluffier). Flower Carpet Red does extremely well in hot dry climates. Flower Carpet Scarlet is part of the next generation of Flower Carpet roses (along with Amber and Pink Supreme) and was bred for even more heat and humidity tolerance. In terms of bees, we don’t believe there’s a major difference from one variety to another. Generally honey bees – those favoring flowers – are not aggressive unless provoked. Hope this helps.

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