Flower Carpet – an ideal container plant

Are you looking for a an easy-care container plant – one that provides loads of color but doesn’t take loads of work?  Flower Carpet roses may be your answer.  Most varieties of easy-care Flower Carpet roses can do extremely well in containers, providing the container is large enough and they get adequate water.

Flower Carpet Pink in Container

Easy care Flower Carpet Pink add a welcoming touch to these porch steps

Flower Carpet Coral with Heuchera (Coral Bells) in container

Flower Carpet is one of the few roses that don’t require chemicals or sprays to keep them blooming and healthy all summer.  So with that, you can easily combine Flower Carpet with edibles (herbs and small salad greens) for a simple patio pot that’s pretty yet functional.  Click here for a helpful video with tips on creating a mixed flowers and edible container.

The container should be at least 20 – 24 inches in diameter and equally deep (the larger the better).  It’s important to use a good quality potting mix. If you’re creating a mixed container and are going to add edibles, please use an organic soil, one without extra chemicals added as fertilizer.

The containers can be placed in the sun or semi-shaded area.  Because the roots don’t go as deeply in containers as they do naturally in the ground, the key is to make certain that the containers aren’t allowed  to dry out.  Then just feed them a few times a summer.

Flower Carpet varieties or colors that seem to do best in containers include White, Red, Pink, Coral, Yellow and Appleblossom.  (The newer varieties of Amber, Scarlet and Pink Supreme tend to get larger than the others, so unless you had a very large container, you’d be better off going with the other colors mentioned). 

bulletproof roses

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


Flower Carpet Appleblossom rose

Flower Carpet Appleblossom rose adds a soft touch to any garden setting.

Go to our Containers Category listing for more tips, tricks and ideas on creating easy but beautiful containers.


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4 Responses to Flower Carpet – an ideal container plant

  1. Mary Jo Kuehn January 18, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    When is the right time to prune back my flower carpet roses? Early spring? Thank you!

    • Anthony Tesselaar January 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

      Hi Mary Jo. You’re correct – Flower Carpets should be pruned back in early spring when they’re dormant and preferably before they start sending out new growth. If you’re in an area of the country where it is early spring you can certainly prune them back now. Anyone in Zones 5 and colder may want to wait until March or early April (snow cover and weather permitting). Remember, Flower Carpets don’t require any fancy pruning and you can even cut them back with hedge clippers. I’ve actually run mine over with the lawn mower and they’ve come right back! Check out our “Caring for your Flower Carpet roses in Spring” video for some great step-by-step instructions.

  2. DeAnn June 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I’ve got a big potted “Cascading Snapdragon” plant that covers entire pot & is very crowded. I don’t know if it should be transplanted into a bigger pot or into the ground or if it’ll live in the pot it’s already in? Thank you. DeAnn

    • Your Easy Garden Team June 12, 2013 at 12:16 am #

      Hi DeAnn – you’ve got us stumped but you may find some help with this link from About.com with information for gardening expert Marie Iannotti on growing and caring for snapdragons. Hope this helps!

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