Designing Container Gardens Using Flower Carpet Roses

Flower Carpet Appleblossom in container

A single planting of Flower Carpet Appleblossom rose welcomes visitors to sit and relax

Limited time or space shouldn’t preclude you from having great gardens – even if they’re simple container gardens.  Container gardens can be simple with a single plant in an elegant pot, or a mixture of plants.  When most people think of container plantings, they usually think about using annuals.  However, some perennials and even some roses like Flower Carpet can also work well in containers as long as they’re large enough.

There’s no need to contain containers to decks or patios.  They can help to add interest and texture to many parts of a landscape, pathway or garden or urban garden setting.  Here are a few examples .  . .

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This container filled with a mix of Flower Carpet pink, a clematis and mixed annuals adds poolside interest.


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Don’t forget the value of white when creating containers.


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Containers filled with Flower Carpet yellow, sweet potato vine, Tropicanna and other mixed annuals welcome visitors to a lovely cottage garden.

Containers of various sizes and shapes add nice architectural interest to gardens.  If you’re using extra large containers, consider adding old packing “peanuts”, crumpled plastic bags or other such materials in the bottom to lighten the load and save a bit on soil.

Dave Epstein of Growing Wisdom offers loads of helpful hints on creating containers in his helpful Easy Tips for Growing Plants in Containers video.


Containers filled with long-blooming plants like Flower Carpet roses can be used to add color to spots of the garden where the color goes bland during certain times of the summer.

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This container of Flower Carpet Coral can be moved around to garden to fill in empty spaces throughout the season.


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A small planter of Flower Carpet Pink greets guests.


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Single white pots with single color plants (shown here, Flower Carpet Pink Supreme) add elegance to any setting. Photo by Lieuwe J. Zander,


recycled items in the garden

Old galvanized containers add a rustic look to any setting


Combine several same-color plants together to create a simple yet elegant display.

single color containers

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


Containers can also be used to soften a pathway, mark borders or edges of decks or stairways, serve as barriers, or dress up an entrance way.

Dave Epstein offers more ideas and tips on Growing Flower Carpet roses in containers in this how-to video.

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White Flower Carpet roses in pots serve as a slight barrier on stone stairway.


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A small planter of Flower Carpet Pink adds color to an entryway.


perennial bed

Most of us don’t have room in our gardens for anything this large, but it certainly adds a wonderful softness to this perennial bed.


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


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Container of Flower Carpet with Lady’s Mantel and Carex perched on a stone wall.


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Choose easy-care plants for your container gardens so that you’ll have time to enjoy them! Photo by Lieuwe J. Zander,

Regardless of where you place your containers and what you fill them with, remember to provide good drainage, water regularly, especially during hot spells where they’ll dry out much more quickly than in-ground plants, and if you’re using something other than annuals, select easy-care plants like Flower Carpet roses and lavender for sunny areas, and coral bells, carex and Lady’s Mantle for sun/shade areas, and hosta and astilbes for shady areas.

Don’t be afraid to be creative – let your imagination soar!


Here are a few more  tips on using Flower Carpet roses in containers.


Easy Care Flower Carpet Makes and Ideal Container Plant

How to Create an Organic Container Using Herbs, Flowers and Roses



















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17 Responses to Designing Container Gardens Using Flower Carpet Roses

  1. Graciebelle February 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Has anyone had any success using anything other than leftover packing peanuts in the bottoms of large containers to lighten the load/weight?

  2. Your Easy Garden Team February 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    One of our readers told us that they used pieces of old bird netting crumbled up and pushed into the bottom. The soil and water could still get through but it lightened the weight of the container.

  3. Nancy Kipling March 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Plastic bottles work well. Cover with landscape fabric.

  4. Sandra May 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Have you tried the plastic containers that plants come in, like 4-packs and 6-packs, turned upside down?

  5. Diane May 9, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    I use empty the small plastic containers from nurseries as a base before adding soil, rather than disposing them. They’re weightless, enabling good drainage.

  6. judieyeg May 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Joyce May 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Hi – great ideas.
    Where can I get Flower Carpet Roses?
    My zip cose in New York – 10524 – Putnam County
    Anyone know?

  8. Christie Napier May 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    Pine cones-big or little/crumbled or whole-work great & IF u hv on hand they are free as well.

  9. Adele Vaverchak May 21, 2014 at 6:47 am #

    I recycle all the old coco fiber mats from the hanging baskets and shred it and mix it with crumpled newspaper. The paper holds moisture for dry days, while the coconut fiber is lightweight and drains well in heavy rain days.

  10. Sharon Fitzsimmons May 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Empty pop cans

  11. Your Easy Garden Team May 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Hi Joyce – You can find them at most Lowes or Home Depot stores in your area.

  12. Ann Bishop May 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    I heard that one thing you can use are wood chips, because they are light weight. I bought a couple small bags at Home Depot that are sold for smoking meat/fish. Lava rocks are also good.

  13. Jim Ellis May 22, 2014 at 12:45 am #

    I have reused the plastic nursery pots, the 4 inch and below crumple well.. the quart square types fill space well upside down.. I don’t use packing p’nuts.. I break up styrofoam that surrounds things we buy for our business.. works great..

  14. Sandi Fleagle June 5, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    What do you do with the roses you plant in the containers come fall/winter? Do you plant them in your landscaping?

  15. Your Easy Garden Team June 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    Hi Sandi, it depends on where you live and how cold your winters get. If your in an area where you get deep freezes in the winter (in the US, that would be zones 4,5 and possibly 6), you can either bring your containers into a protected area like a garage or shed, or protect surround them with some sort of winter protection like hay bales. You can also place the containers next to your home or garage for added protection. You’ll probably see the leaves die off during the winter as the plant goes dormant, regardless of whether you keep the plants in a garage our outside. If you do decide to transplant them into the garden, if you live in a cold zone,that should be done in the early fall to give their roots time to develop a bit to serve as an anchor during winter frost heaves. Add extra mulch or leaves around the base of the plant to protect during that first winter. Y If you’re in a warmer zone, you can leave them in the containers all winter long. Regardless of where you live, your Flower Carpet roses should not be cut back until early spring – from Feb – April. Garden on!

  16. CindyE May 22, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    I have used dollar store pool noodles that I cut into 3-4 inch pieces. Easier to manage than packing peanuts due to the number of pieces in the planter. Tried these two years ago and happy with them.

  17. Judie Brower June 13, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

    Great idea!

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