Mini Roses - Good Things Come In Small Packages!
Miniature Roses are a delight to grow! They don't take up much room compared to their large cousins, they are easy care roses, good companion plants, and hardy performers for their diminutive size. Minis are bred to grow from 6" to 3' with equally small blooms. Many of the miniature roses are repeat bloomers, ideal for use in perennial borders, small gardens, and containers.
These little beauties come in a rainbow of colors. While not known for their fragrance, there are a few that do have a scent like the mini rose pictured to the left - aptly named "Scentsational". This miniature rose is a beautiful mauve/lavender color with a lemonish, classic rose scent.
Every year new varieties are introduced...many with cute and descriptive names: "Child's Play", "All A'twitter", "Cupcake", "Shooting Star", "Tiddly Winks" and "Hot Tamale" to name a few.
Read on for my favorite mini roses...you can always make room for a couple of these cuties!
Yellow Miniature Roses
One of my favorite yellow miniature roses is Lemon Drop. What a pretty little rose with such an apropos name! (Love the candies too ; )
Loads of old-fashioned formed flowers, lots of bright green clean leaves, long lasting color, vigorous, and attractive compact habit. The clear lemon yellow blossoms come in showy clusters. Perfect for containers, or placed in the ground in front of taller perennials. Looks great with flowers in pink, coral and purple hues.
Another great yellow mini rose is Rainbows End. Gorgeous golden yellow flowers with ideal form, only about 1-1/2 inches across, and the tips of the petals are edged in a crimson blush that increases as they age.
Pink Miniature Roses
A beautiful pink mini rose I've grown for years is Cupcake a real charmer - with wonderful pale pink flowers, glossy green foliage, and excellent performance in all climates.
A new pink rose I want to try this year is Daddy's Little Girl. This showy little rose has warm medium pink posies that are touched with cream on the reverse. The flowers are double produced in clusters on compact, disease-resistant plants. These petite-sized plants would be perfect for patio pots or used as a border in your garden.
Jackson Perkins carries the delightful Child's Play which boasts white blooms with pink-edged petals that exude a fresh, fruity scent. It has a dense, well-branched, upright habit with medium green, maintenance-free foliage.
Success Tips For Planting Miniature Roses
Plant your miniature roses the same as you would full size roses:
Dig a hole the same depth as the pot the rose came in and about a foot wider.
Carefully remove the rose from the pot and gently loosen the roots. If the plant is tightly root bound, use a sharp knife to score the sides of the root ball and try again to loosen the roots.
Add some organic matter to the soil in hole, if needed.
Place the rose bush in the center of the hole, with the roots spread out.
Fill in the hole and firm gently.
Thoroughly water the newly planted bush and then apply a layer of mulch.
Red Miniature Roses
Most people enjoy red roses - they are classic beauties that convey love. Red Sunblaze Miniature Rose is truly vivid red with longlasting blooms. This one makes a spectacular low-growing hedge.
Another favorite of mine is My Valentine which was specifically bred for the Valentine's Day celebration. These pretty deep red flowers are long lasting as cut flowers and good for containers.
Caliente is also a "hot" little number. Deep red buds of classic form open to bright, warm, fire engine red blooms with pointed petals. Single stems rest on a compact bushy plant that's clothed in disease resistant foliage. I've planted several of these in the ground and they are hardy little plants.
I just purchased Shooting Star to plant in a container garden. It has adorable little deep pink / red buds that open to tiny red blossoms tinged with yellow. The bloom clusters are arranged on shiny dark green foliage. I'll take a photo when it grows a bit!
Coral Miniature Roses
I just discovered the Drift series of roses and I'm hooked! They are a cross between a miniature and a groundcover rose so they are compact, low growing, and tough...grow about 1 to 2 feet high and wide. These repeat blooming beauties are disease resistant and winter hardy. They work well in containers, in small gardens, at the front of sunny borders or at the base of taller plants. Very versatile!
Pictured is 'Coral Drift'. The Drift series by Star Roses also includes an apricot, red, peach, light pink, deep pink, and a creamy yellow variety.
Regular deadheading encourages re-blooming and helps maintain a tidy appearance ... but isn't necessary. A terrific, low maintenance charmer!
Mixed Color Miniature Roses
Their size and endless array of color add beauty to any location. In containers on your deck or patio, border planting or in hanging baskets these roses provide an endless supply of blooms for your enjoyment outdoors, as well as bouquets for indoors.
A gorgeous bi-color miniature rose is Bees Knees (Photo on the right) I love the names of roses, especially the miniatures, and this one of my favorites! Beautiful medium yellow blooms with pink edging. An easy to grow mini that would be a great addition to every rose growers garden. Blooms constantly even in high heat.
Another pretty mixed tone miniature is Glowing Amber bred in Canada. This is one of the most colorful of the miniature roses. Exhibition blooms of bright red with an amber-yellow reverse. This powerful little bloomer has good disease resistancy and will bloom profusely. Also makes great cut flowers.
How To Water and Prune Your Miniature Roses
How much water your rose bush will require depends on your soil and weather. A general rule of thumb is to provide at least an inch of water each week. During hot, dry spells you will need to water more frequently. Be sure to water deeply, so that the soil is wet at least 12 - 18 inches below the surface. Avoid getting the leaves wet during humid weather, to discourage fungal diseases.
As with other roses, prune miniature roses just before new growth starts in late winter or early spring. Hard pruning is not necessary. Prune dead or broken wood first. Then trim back about a third of the plant to maintain its shape and encourage new growth.
Miniature Rose Care Tips - How To Prune A Mini Rose
Miniature Roses Look Great in Containers...
Mini Roses look terrific in all types of containers. Plant them by themselves or with other flowers with similar sun and water requirements. Add some color to your patio or desk, or plant them in window boxes. They are small and versatile and always garner compliments!
Some of my favorite companion plants for mini roses are wave petunias cascading out of a pot, geraniums, cheerful gerbera daisies and sun-loving vincas.