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Red Ribbons Groundcover Rose

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Rosa 'KORtemma' PP#9,115

Rich color to carpet your garden.
'Red Ribbons' is a fabulous carpet of brilliant color for the sunny garden. Willing to repeat all season, covering itself in clusters of eye-catching crimson, it is a joy whether used as a "cover-up" for leggier taller roses or in solitary splendor as the dense, spreading beauty that it is. It quickly reaches 2¼ feet high and 4 feet wide, its dark green foliage looking fantastic even when not dotted with blooms.

Introduced in 1990 by Kordes of Germany, this rose immediately gained attention for its superb disease resistance and spirited color. The scent isn't much to write home about, but these 2½-inch semi- to fully double blooms, which open from charming pointed, ovoid buds, really have an impact, even from across the garden. They begin in early summer in most climates, and continue intermittently all the way through late summer. The plants are extremely tough and vigorous, proving themselves to be resistant to most diseases and pests and tolerant of cold, drought, heat, and humidity. This is one groundcover rose you want spreading throughout your beds and borders or spilling over the sides of containers. Var: 'KORtemma' (PP#9,115). Zones 4-9.

Genus Rosa
Variety 'KORtemma'
PPAF PP#9,115
Item Form 2-Quart
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Season Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Spreading
Plant Height 2 ft 3 in
Plant Width 4 ft
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Double Bloom, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Repeat Bloomer, Rose Hips
Bloom Color Red
Bud Shape Ovoid, Pointed
Flower Shape Double
Foliage Color Dark Green
Fragrance Light, Sweet
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Common Rust, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Powdery Mildew, Rust, Scorching
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Landscapes, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Great Hardy Rose, Covers the Ground First Year
Laura C, Hondo from TX wrote (March 01, 2013):
This rose has a beautiful scent, don't let the description fool you!! The least maintenance rose in my yard, it rarely needs spraying for blackspot, has never had any other fungus or disease. It doesn't require much water even though it never has shade and has been planted in poor soil. The only thing I recommend is that it should be planted in a place that can stay mulched with NO grass. I made the mistake of planting it in a grassy natural spot and it's extremely difficult to weed eat around and underneath this rose because its sprawling. It's a two person job. When it gets out of control, I trim it up like a miniature rose.
Red Ribbons are the all time best!
Cindy Nowers from UT wrote (August 01, 2012):
I bought these about 5 years ago along with many others. I live in Utah where it is sometimes hard to grow roses. These grow like wild and bloom continueously.
Whether you’re deadheading, removing dead wood, or performing an annual pruning, make sure your cuts are no more than ¼ inch (5 mm) above a bud, and slope the cut away from the bud, to prevent water from collecting on it.
  • Your cuts should always be clean, so keep your pruning shears sharp, and use pruning tools that are appropriately sized to whatever size stems you are cutting.

  • To encourage an open-centered form, cut to an outward-facing bud. To encourage upright growth on roses with a spreading habit, prune a few of the stems to inward-facing buds.

  • Prune any dieback to the healthy, white pith.

  • Remove dead or diseased stems, as well as any that cross or are spindly.

  • Your goal should be to have well-spaced stems that allow for a free flow of air.

  • If pruning an established plant, remove any old wood that is flowering poorly, and use a saw to get rid of old stubs that are no longer producing new shoots.

  • Other than climbing roses, you should prune newly planted roses hard, which encourages vigorous shoot production.

  • When removing suckers, trace them back to the roots from which they are growing, and simply take them off.
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    • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

    • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

    • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

    • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

    • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

    • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

    • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

    • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

    • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

    • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

    • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.