Groundcover roses are low growing roses in the form of shrubs, climbers or ramblers that grow wider than they grow tall. Most roses perform best when planted in a full sun exposure. Groundcover style roses that also tolerate shade well without sacrificing performance are more rare, but vigorous and colorful cultivars are available.
Rosa "The Fairy"
The fairy rose is a shrub rose form that grows vigorously in a spreading and gently arching habit. The flowers bloom in pale pink with a double layer of petals. The foliage is relatively small in a medium green hue and the canes produce small thorns. It has insignificant or no fragrance at all and reaches 2 1/2 to 3 feet in maximum height.
Also commonly known as coral flower carpet, Rosa noala is a repeat flowering rose that ages from a clear coral pink to deep red coral and has a mild fragrance. It reaches a maximum of 3 feet in height and 4 feet in spread. It has dark green and very shiny leaves and is self-cleaning so the spent flowers do not need to be deadheaded.
Also known as magic carousel rose, Rosa moorcar is a repeat blooming miniature rose shrub that flowers in hues of cream to pale yellow with deep pink edges. It possesses a light fragrance and reaches just 1 1/2 feet in height at maturity. It is cold hardy and tolerates heat as well as shade. The leaves are a shiny green and the small shrub has a dense standing as opposed to sprawling growth habit.