Polyanthas and floribundas. These upright or rounded plants are the most prolific bloomers in the rose family. Polyanthas are old-fashioned varieties (only a few are still widely grown) that reach 2 to 3 feet tall with large clusters of very small, 1-inch-wide flowers. Floribundas are a modern cross of these with larger-flowering hybrid teas. The resulting rose plants generally grow 3 to 5 feet high with large clusters of bigger blooms. Hardiness varies, but most need protection if ­temperatures fall below 10 degrees F. Excellent varieties include 'Betty ­Prior' (pink), 'Class Act' (white), 'Iceberg' (white), 'Easy Going' (golden yellow), 'Europeana' (red), 'Livin' Easy' (apricot-orange), 'Playboy' (orange, scarlet, or ­yellow), 'Playgirl' (pink), 'Sarabande' (orange-red), 'Sunsprite' (yellow), and 'The Fairy' (light pink).

Groundcovers. These are low-growing, sprawling roses, many of which are quite vigorous and best planted in large areas. More restrained types for smaller areas in­clude 'Red Cascade' and the Blanket series from Jackson & Perkins. Flower Carpet roses can also be used as groundcovers. Groundcover roses are best planted in holes made in landscape fabric that is then covered with organic mulch to prevent weeds. They grow from 2 to 5 feet high, depending on the variety; hardiness varies.
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