English shrub rose

Rosa 'Fair Bianca'

Photo/Illustration: 
Lee Anne White
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English shrub rose (Rosa 'Fair Bianca')
ROE-sah
Genus:  Rosa
This David Austin rose grows to only 2.5 feet tall. It produces beautifully cupped, double white flowers with petals densely arranged in the center. It is strongly scented.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Most English shrub roses bloom from spring to fall, with large, single to double, mostly fragrant flowers. They make ideal companions in mixed borders, in hedges, or as specimens. 
Care:  Grow in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Provide good air circulation and remove fallen leaves to help prevent disease.  Prune lightly or back by up to 1/3, reducing side shoots by 1/2 to 1/3. To renovate, prune one in four or five shoots from the base.
Propagation:  Take softwood cuttings when bloom initiates in spring to summer; take hardwood cuttings in fall.
Problems:  Aphids, leafhoppers, spider mites, scale, caterpillars, sawfly larvae, cane borers, Japanese beetles, rose stem girders, rose midges, rose slugs, rose chafers, leaf-cutting bees, black spot, rust, powdery mildew, crown gall, canker, dieback, downy mildew, viruses.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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