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Small bush roses

Small bush roses (Rosa) include Patio, Polyantha and Miniature roses. As the names suggest, are all small and compact bushes. They are perfect for small gardens and grow well in containers or as an edging to a border. They are more robust than they might appear from their small size. Single-flowered varieties attract and feed pollinators.

Looks

Small bush roses have clusters of often perfectly scrolled, small flowers in pale and vibrant colours. They are compact, sometimes diminutive, and upright to dome-shaped or spreading shrubs, 30-75cm (1ft-30in) in height. They repeat-flower well throughout summer and early autumn. 

Likes

A sunny spot with fertile, well-drained soil is best for your small bush roses. In containers, use loam-based compost such as John Innes No. 3 with added grit, perlite or vermiculite to improve the drainage.

Dislikes

Like most roses, they won’t thrive in deep shade, poor soil or waterlogged conditions.

Did you know?

Miniature roses are often sold as flowering houseplants. After flowering, you can gradually acclimatise the plant to outdoor conditions, then plant out in the garden during spring.

Growing guide

Browse small bush roses

Patio roses

Polyantha roses

Miniature roses

Small bush roses we recommend

Useful advice

Containers: summer selection

Containers: summer selection

Rose pruning: patio and miniature roses

Rose pruning: patio and miniature roses

Roses: growing in containers

Roses: growing in containers

Roses: planting

Roses: planting

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