Name: Rosa x ‘Noasplash’ aka Flower Carpet Pink Splash
Type of Plant: A shrub rose that’s hardy in Zones 5-10 for growing in full sun.
Why I love this: First of all, I love the two-toned pink flowers. This was one of the plants that many people asked about during the tours of my garden, so it was clear that they loved those pink-splashed flowers as much as I do.
Secondly, I like the size of this plant. Two to three feet tall and three plus wide…a great low-growing plant for foundation beds and flowerbeds. I have mine planted on a slope with assorted perennials.
Third, this rose forms new flower buds as the old ones are fading, even without deadheading. (see photo below) Yes, you can clip off the browning flowers to clean up the plant if you want, but you don’t have to in order to stimulate more flower production.
And finally, this plant is quite disease resistant. I have one plant that is completely black spot free, and another that has a touch of black spot that hasn’t seemed to progress or cause the leaves to yellow and fall.
A Word to the Wise: Even the most disease-resistant rose shouldn’t be splashed with water frequently, and if it’s a wet season in the spring and early summer you might have more of a disease problem. So water deeply less often in the morning and make sure lawn irrigation isn’t hitting the plants.
Like all roses, these plants appreciate a top dressing with compost or composted manure and some organic fertilizer in the early spring and mid-June, especially if you have sandy soils.
The folks at Tesselaar Plants sent me these Flower Carpet roses to try last year, and the plants have grown beautifully from a small size to the three-feet wide plants you see in these photos. Thanks, Tesselaar! Pink Splash is a winner.