- Common Name: Hybrid musk rose, Polyantha rose
- Position: Full sun, Partial shade, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing, Exposed, Sheltered
- Soil: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained, Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand, Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
- Flowers: Summer, Autumn
- Flower Colour: Pink, White
- Hardiness: H6 - Hardy in all of the UK and Northern Europe
- Habit: Deciduous, Bushy
- Height & Spread: 250cm × 150cm
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 of our roses have been field grown and lifted when dormant. They are then containerised in pots to keep the roots moist as they beign to root. This is the traditional way that roses are sold in the spring and summer.. Do not be alarmed if all or most of the compost falls away when you plant your rose, this compost can be incorportated into the planting hole and the rose will continue to produce fresh roots and grow away healthily. Plant the rose to the same soil level as it was in the pot.
Rosa 'Ballerina' (HM/Poly)