- Common Name: Hybrid Musk / Polyantha Rose
- Position: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil: Fertile, moist but well-drained soil
- Flowers: June to November
- Flower Colour: Pink
- Hardiness: Fully hardy
- Habit: Deciduous shrub
- Height & Spread: 90cm × 120cm
Ballerina has one of the simplest and least sophisticated flowers of all shrub roses, and yet is also one of the most popular. The sheer quantity of its flowers explain all: Ballerina blooms ceaselessly through until early winter, and its flower trusses get larger and larger as it does so. The individual flowers open dark pink and fade away quickly, enlarging and developing their white eye until only a hint of pale pink remains at the edge of the petal. The stamens are pretty too to start with, fading away fairly quickly though. The flowers come in perfectly spaced clusters and are followed by small orange hips, useful for decoration. The plant is tough and healthy, with mid-green leaves and a few large prickles. It is best allowed to grow to its natural size and shape, which is rounded and mounded, rather than clipped, though it can be trained as a short climber against a hot wall. It is equally good when grown as a border plant or specimen shrub and when planted as a hedge. It is also very easy to grow. In hot climates it will flourish in shade where it keeps its colouring for longer.
All the roses we sell have been field grown and lifted when the conditions are at their best. If ordering potted roses, as the plants will not start to put on any more root growth until the spring, please do not be surprised to find the compost fall away from the roots when you take the plant out of its pot. We use a high quality compost so you can incorporate this when you plant your rose.
Rosa 'Ballerina' (HM/Poly)