The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Shrub Roses

Question: Monrovia-I work for a landscape architectural office in San Luis Obispo, CA, however my question is for a project located in Brentwood, CA (Sunset Zone 14). We are designing the gardens for a model home complex and required to only specify evergreen plant material. We would like to include a rose garden (of aprox. 40 rose plants) in one of the backyards. What (shrub form) roses would you recomend for us to use?- Thank You, Jolene

Answer: Shrub roses performing best in Sunset's zone 14 include the following:
'Abraham Darby', a David Austin English rose, reaches 5 feet or higher with long, arching canes. The large flowers, produced singly or in clusters, are deliciously fragrant and have a deeply cupped old-rose look. Petals are soft peachy pink on the inside and pale yellow on the reverse.

'Bonica' is an upright arching shrub 4 to 5 feet high, spreading about equally wide. Large clusters of medium-pink double flowers bloom all season. Showy red hips ornament the plant in fall. It is excellent in a large container, used as a hedge, or planted en masse.

'Carefree Wonder' is a 4-to 6-foot rounded, bushy shrub. Flowers are large and bright pink with a soft pink reverse. The shrub's semiformal habit makes it suitable for a hedge.

'Iceberg' blooms practically nonstop all season. Slightly fragrant pure white double blossoms open in large clusters. Vigorous and hardy, the upright bush with shiny deep green leaves reaches 5 to 6 feet tall and spreads 5 feet.

'Lavender Dream' appears as a fountain of blooms with impressive clusters of semi-double pinkish lavender flowers coating long, arching canes that grow to 5 feet. Leaves are matte light green.

Best wishes with your project!

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