Rose Trees

vintage rose imageI’m in my prime. (Is that 40, 50 or 60? These days it’s all the same.) And I’ve just fallen in love with a pom pom rose. It’s the most fabulous thing! It’s a living lollypop of rose-y lusciousness and it’s growing in the trial garden outside my office window. Actually it is around the back, which is why I haven’t seen it until now.

Here it is below – our new Flower Carpet Pink Splash grown as a tree rose. Or if you’re more British in your turn of phrase, a standard rose. Which is anything but standard, as in ‘hum drum’ and ‘to-be-expected’. Yes, this is something really special.

Standard rose
Of course the fact that it’s Pink Splash does help, but I think there is something else working its magic here, and I suspect it’s the fact that all this floweriness sits on top of a clean ‘trunk’.  The same is true of the Flower Carpet Coral standard (or tree rose) below.

Standard rose tree

If I didn’t appreciate tree roses before, I so do now. Have a look at some of these following images and you’ll see what I mean.
Memorial tree rosesRoses have been grown like this (above) in cemeteries and memorial gardens for a long time (check out the girth of the trunks of these roses growing in Western Australia).

Selling your house? Seems as though a row of standard tree roses lining the drive is a good way to boost the asking price, according to this real estate web site (below).

Adding Curb appeal
We have these Flower Carpet White roses (below) out the front or our place, not for resale reasons, but because they look great with very little effort. There are only two tricks involved: underplant them with something (Storm agapanthus) to make the most of their shape, and be brutal when it’s time to give the roses a hair cut.

Click here for a short video on Flower Carpet “standards” tree roses.


Tree roses

And finally a bit of a style warning… (below)… You might not want to go so far as to graft another color onto your rose covered pom pom. Perhaps it’s too much of a good thing?
two colored rose tree


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3 Responses to Rose Trees

  1. linda buwalda March 12, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    where in orange county calif can I purchase the pom pom and flower carpet tree roses. I want to add them to my already 135+ roses. thank you

  2. Your Easy Garden Team March 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Hi – Your best bet is to go to and on their site you can find purchase information for your area. Thanks!

  3. eggy betty March 27, 2014 at 3:59 am #

    I have to say I wasn’t sure I loved the tree rose until I saw two of them beside a front door at Christmas time (I live where roses bloom in summer – weird, I know). They were bright red and someone was completely going with the look and had added white satin bows tied around their trunks AND had a handful of silver baubles. It was soooo over the top but I really loved it.

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