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Flower Carpet SCARLET

Flower Carpet® SCARLET is one of the NEXT GENERATION Flower Carpet® roses where refined breeding has produced improved heat & humidity tolerance on top of its existing disease resistance. Masses of vivid scarlet blooms cover the evergreen bushes all season long.

It was a winner in the 2006 All Deutschland Rose Trials winning top honors for winter hardiness, flower performance and above all, resistance to black spot and mildew.

In March 2012, Jack Hobbs, head of the Auckland Botanical Gardens said that Flower Carpet SCARLET would have to be the best rose of all time.  We are hearing some similar comments from many people who have tried this variety in many different parts of the world.

This is an easy-care groundcover rose ideal for both home gardeners and professional landscapers. Simple to grow and easy to maintain, it doesn't require spraying.

imple to grow and easy to maintain, without any spraying or even fancy pruning.  All you need is a pair of garden shears and  then cut back,  any-way-which-way,  to 1/3rd of the bush size in late winter/early spring and you're done.  NO GUESSING, NO WORRYING,  NO KIDDING.

And during the long flowering season, this rose will self-clean so that there's no need for fancy pruning or deadheading.

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Key Features

  • Masses of scarlet red blooms
  • Glossy shiny green foliage covers entire bush all season long
  • NEXT GENERATION breeding = more heat tolerance
  • Easy-care, with unprecedented levels of disease resistance
  • Attractive bush shape and appearance
  • NO fancy pruning.   All you need is a pair of garden shears and  then cut back,  any-way-which-way,  to 1/3rd of the bush size in late winter/early spring and you're done.  NO GUESSING, NO WORRYING,  NO KIDDING.
  • Suitable in USDA zones 4-11


Suggested Uses

Flower beds, mass plantings, large containers, landscapes, hanging baskets, and as tree roses. A perfect commercial landscaping plant for low-maintenance color.

Growth Habit

Bushes are low, dense and compact.

Plant Size

As a mature plant, Flower Carpet® Scarlet grows to 24- to 32-inches in height, 40-inches across (spread).

Flower Size

Small to medium flowers.

Planting and Spacing

Plant 2-3 per square yard, for ground cover.  For a stunning display plant 10-12 per 3 square years .Plant 3-4 feet apart to establish boundaries.  Can be planted anytime during Spring, Summer or Fall.


Will thrive in USDA zones 5 to 10. In cold zones, protect over the first winter.  In zones 5 and below, continued winter protection is advised.  In areas of intense heat (for example Phoenix, AZ), protect by planting in semi-shade.

Flowering Period

Produces masses of flowers all season long in full sun. In partial shade (4-5 hours of sun per day), still blooms, though in reduced numbers.  Performs satisfactorily with a full day of filtered light.

Number Of Flowers

Clusters of 6-8 blooms, with up to 2000 blooms per season on a mature plant.

Flower Color


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Not fragrant.


Dark glossy green, medium sized leaves.


No fancy pruning needed. Cut back by 2/3rds annually in late winter or early spring. Trim to shape anytime of year, if desired. The bush is self-cleaning with few rose hips, no dead-heading required, petals fall away cleanly.

Light Needs

For best bloom, grow in full sun. Grows well in partial shade (4-5 hours of sun per day) with reduced blooms. In areas of intense heat and sun, semi-shade/filtered light.

Soil Needs

Can thrive in a variety of soil conditions. Performs best in well-drained friable garden soil with added organic matter.

Water Needs

When planting in the landscape, water in well particularly during hot conditions and continue to water regularly until the plant is established. Flower Carpet roses are very tolerant of dry conditions once established.


For maximum flowering and performance, feed with a balanced (15:12:12) controlled release rose fertilizer.  It is best not to feed roses in fall and winter as extra nutrients will force new growth and increase the chances of cold-damage over winter. In warm climates (USDA zones 8 and up): feed in early spring and late summer.  In cold climates (USDA zones 5 – 7): feed in spring and summer. For established landscape plants apply 1 to 2 handfuls around the base of the plant and incorporate into the soil by gentle surface cultivation.

Disease Tolerance

Very tolerant of common rose blights such as black spot and mildew. It does not require routine chemical spraying in the landscape, apply only if needed.

Pest Issues

Treat for insect pests only as needed.

Special Care

In zones 5 and below, winter protection is advised, especially in first winter.

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