- Common Name: Ground Cover Rose
- Synonyms: Rosa 'Bonica 82'
- Position: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil: Fertile, moist but well-drained soil
- Flowers: July to September
- Flower Colour: Pink
- Hardiness: Fully hardy
- Habit: Deciduous shrub
- Height & Spread: 100cm × 120cm
Bonica 82 is one of the most successful and widely planted of all modern roses. It owes its popularity partly to its remarkable vigour and floriferousness, and partly to its suitablility for so many purposes. It is equally useful and easy to grow as a shrub rose, ground-cover rose, landscaping plant, and container rose. The flowers are bright, pale pink, opening from rich, pink buds and fading eventually to white in hot climates. They have ruffled petals and a lightly cupped shape. The flowers usually come in clusters of 5-15. Although their stalks are short, they are useful, long-lasting roses to cut for the house. Bonica 82 has a very long and spectacular main flowering. Thereafter, it continues to produce a few flowers until late autumn. They are followed by bright red hips that usually persist until the following spring. The plant makes a thick, rounded bush, capable of reaching 1.5m, but is best pruned back to about half its size every other year or so. Its leaves are handsome, dark and glossy and contribute much to its overall beauty. Blackspot can afflict it later in the year, but seems not to affect the plant's growth, flowering or vigour.
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 Bonica = 'Meidomonac' (GC)