Rosa ‘Bonica’

Family: Rosaceae

Rosa Bonica = ‘Meidomonac’ (GC) is a small shrub rose, which was introduced by Meiland in 1982.  ‘Bonica’ is a tough, hardy, robust, naturally healthy, and disease resistant rose, which grows to around 120cm (4ft) tall and around the same wide.

‘Bonica’ produces sprays of carnation pink blooms.  Sadly, Rosa ‘Bonica’ flowers are not scented, but these plants repeat flower, blooming from June to around September, sometimes later.  I wouldn’t describe ‘Bonica’ as a bee magnet, but this rose’s flowers have partly accessible flowers for bees and other pollinating insects.  A lovely characteristic of this rose is the bright red hips that form in autumn, if you don’t dead-head Bonica’s spent blooms.  Indeed, this is a super plant to grow if you want to enjoy rose hips in your garden over the autumn and winter months.

Plant Rosa ‘Bonica’ in full sunshine or partial shade, in any moist, but well drained soil.

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