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By: Mary Ellen Ellis

If you love roses but don’t have the time or the knowledge to take care of these notoriously fussy flowering shrubs, you need to know about Easy Elegance rose plants. Learn more about this type of rose to bring its elegance to your garden.

What are Easy Elegance Roses?

Bailey Nurseries, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, developed the series of roses known as Easy Elegance. They developed the plants to be easy to care for while still producing beautiful flowers. They are disease-resistant, cold-hardy, and durable, and are the offspring of shrub roses that were crossed with a range of varieties to produce different colors, fragrances, and sizes of blooms. There are several to choose from, including:

  • ‘All the Rage’ is ever-blooming and has an apricot blended color that turns to pink as it matures.
  • ‘Coral Cove’ grows ever-blooming, small flowers with dark pink outer petals. The inner petals are orange and the interior is yellow.
  • ‘Grandma’s Blessing’ produces a recurrent, medium to pale pink flower in the classic tea form and with a very strong fragrance.
  • ‘Kashmir’ is an ever-blooming, striking, dark red bloom that is fragrant and grows in a classic hybrid tea form.
  • ‘Tahitian Moon’ is recurrent, highly fragrant, light yellow rose with a full double form.
  • ‘Yellow Submarine’ produces bright yellow, double flowers that are fragrant and that mature to light yellow and finally white.

Easy Elegance Rose Care

Growing Easy Elegance roses is, of course, easy. While there may be some specific growing needs for each variety, in general, caring for these roses requires no more than regular watering and fertilizer. Soil should drain well and plants should receive about an inch (2.5 cm.) of water per week. Use a slow-release fertilizer once a year in the early spring to keep your plants healthy and happy.

One of the most important pieces of Easy Elegance rose information needed to grow these varieties is that they require no pesticides or fungicides. These were designed to resist pests and diseases, so you can grow them organically and enjoy all the beauty and fragrance of roses without the chemicals or the hassle.

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Easy Elegance Roses

Easy Elegance Roses are low maintenance, disease and insect resistant shrub roses that bloom all season long. They are own root roses, adding to their hardy nature. An excellent choice for beginning gardeners, these roses are as close to plant it and forget as possible.

The Easy Elegance Series of roses are as easy to care for as flowering shrubs. Follow standard planting practices for shrub roses and feed once a year in very early spring with a slow release fertilizer. There is no need for a chemical regimen to control pests and disease. The collection was bred by Bailey Nurseries and is a perfect northern rose with blooms that rival grafted tea roses.

‘All the Rage’ Easy Elegance

Growth Habit: Compact, rounded

Bloom Color: Apricot blend

Bloom Season: Everblooming

Disease Resistance: Excellent pest and disease resistance

Soil: Prefers enriched well drained, adapts quite readily to poorer soils

Coral buds open to apricot blooms blended with yellow and yellow centers. The blooms mature to pink. The shrub is self cleaning, spent blooms drop cleanly. Since new blooms are constantly opening, there is always a lovely range of color. The shrub itself has a neat rounded form, making it an excellent specimen plant. Make sure ‘All the Rage’ recieves an inch of water a week. Adapts readily to most conditions. Feed once in early spring with a slow release fertilizer. Will not sucker. Stop deadheading mid season to produce bright orange hips.

‘Golden Eye’ Easy Elegance


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The 2010 Easy Elegance® Rose Collection

Welcome to a tour of the 2010 Easy Elegance® Rose garden. The following varieties are currently available at better garden centers across the country. Be sure to notice Como Park and Coral Cove, two new varieties joining the collection in the spring of 2010.

All the Rage Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAIrage’
All the Rage features a color change performance that is Oscar® worthy. Tight coral buds burst into apricot-colored blooms with luminous yellow centers. As the flowers mature, they take on a lipstick-pink hue, then drop cleanly away. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub rose
• Official Flower Color: Apricot blend
• Bloom Cycle: Everblooming
• Hardiness Zone: 4-9
• Height: 2.5-4’
• Flower Form, Size: Semi-double, 3-4”
• Petal Count: 10-12

Centennial Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAIcent’
Clusters of high-centered blossoms are held on long, straight stems on this dynamic rose. The exhibition-style blooms are apricot to soft yellow, fading gradually to creamy white, a vivid contrast to the bronze-tinged foliage. Its reblooming qualities make Centennial a valuable addition to the mixed border. Resistant to blackspot and mildew. Crown hardy in zone 4 with winter protection. Own root.
• Classification: Grandiflora
• Official Flower Color: Apricot blend
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 5-9
• Height: 2-3’
• Flower Form, Size: Double, 2.5”
• Petal Count: 22
• ARS Rating: (6.9)

New! Como Park Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAIage’
Since it’s so easy to grow, Como Park is ideal for beginning gardeners. This beautiful, bright shrub rose with striking and plentiful medium-red blossoms was named after an historic park in St. Paul, MN. It’s compact and round shape is covered top to bottom with beautiful large, double blossoms. The dark-green, disease free foliage features unique touches of red. Hardy and gorgeous, Como Park is a perfect accent for any garden. Own root.

• Classification: Shrub Rose
• Official Flower Color: Medium Red
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 4-7
• Height: 30”
• Flower Form, Size: Double, 3”
• Petal Count: 25

New! Coral Cove Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAImir’
Incredible color, petite size, and superior disease resistance – Coral Cove has it all! An everblooming gem, Coral Cove offers double blooms with dark pink outer petals that mature to a vibrant orange and finally a bright yellow in the center. Its petite size and round form make it ideal for creating informal hedges and its vibrant colors allow it to pair easily in any garden setting. Own root.

Coral Cove Easy Elegance Rose, Rosa ‘BAlmir’

• Classification: Shrub Rose
• Official Flower Color: Orange-Pink Blend
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 5-9
• Height: 24”
• Flower Form, Size: Double, 3”
• Petal Count: 30

Grandma’s Blessing Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAling’
Resembling a hybrid tea with large, full, dusty-pink blossoms, this beauty is so sweet it is named after Margaret ‘Grandma’ Bailey. Grandma’s Blessing has a symmetrical, vase-shaped form and dark-green, disease-resistant foliage. Stunning color combines beautifully with many perennials and also makes an elegant low hedge. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub
• Official Flower Color: Medium pink
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 5-9
• Height: 2-3’
• Flower Form, Size: Full, 2-3”
• Petal Count: 32
• ARS rating: (8.2)

Easy Elegance® High Voltage Rose, Rosa ‘BAIage’
An electrifying shrub rose, High Voltage provides shockingly beautiful medium yellow flowers with an upright growth pattern and disease-free foliage. Large, plentiful blooms make High Voltage a showstopper in any garden. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub Rose
• Official Flower Color: Medium Yellow
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 4-9
• Height: 3-5’
• Flower Form, Size: Double, 2-3”
• Petal Count: 22

Kiss Me Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAIsme’
One of the most fragrant roses in the Easy Elegance Collection, Kiss Me bears clusters of large, double, clear pink blooms, reminiscent of English roses. It flowers all season, and is especially attractive in the perennial border. Highly disease-resistant foliage adds to its appeal as a cut flower. Own root.
• Classification: Grandiflora
• Official Flower Color: Pink blend
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 5-9
• Height: 2-3’
• Flower Form, Size: Double, 4”
• Petal Count: 20-25
• ARS rating: (7.6)

Little Mischief Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAlief’
Let mischief reign in your garden with this compact everblooming rose. New blooms of deep pink with a white eye contrast nicely with the lighter pink aging blooms. With its glossy green foliage, low-growing habit and disease-resistant foliage, this rose is a wonderful companion plant in a border planting, hedge plant or star performer in a decorative container. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub
• Official Flower Color: Deep pink
• Bloom Cycle: Everblooming
• Hardiness Zone: 4-9
• Height: 2-3’
• Flower Form, Size: Double, 1”
• Petal Count: 19-24

Macy’s Pride™ Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAlcream’
This delightful rose was selected by Macy’s Department Store for their centennial. Lemon-yellow buds open fully to creamy-white and age gracefully with a hint of pink. Disease-resistant foliage is red-rimmed when immature and ages to a beautiful semi-glossy, medium green. New England Rose Society Award Winner in 2002. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub
• Official Flower Color: White
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 5-9
• Height: 3-5’
• Flower Form, Size: Double, 4-5”
• Petal Count: 22
• ARS Rating: (8.0)

My Girl Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAIgirl’
My Girl brings a sassy swing back to the garden. The ruffled, deep-pink blossoms make a bold impact. Its compact growth habit and medium green foliage make it the perfect plant for garden borders or groupings. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub rose
• Official Flower Color: Deep Pink
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 4-9
• Height: 3-4’
• Flower Form, Size: Full, 2-3”
• Petal Count: 28-30

Mystic Fairy® Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAlfairy’
Irresistible blooms of rich red with pink undertones carpet the plant in massive clusters all summer long. New foliage is glossy red and slowly gives way to dark green mature leaves, a striking complement to the blooms. This compact, vigorous shrub rose is crown hardy to zone 4 and resistant to both blackspot and mildew. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub
• Official Flower Color: Red blend
• Bloom Cycle: Everblooming
• Hardiness Zone: 4-9
• Height: 3-4’
• Flower Form Size: Double, 3”
• Petal Count: 27

Paint the Town Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAItown’
Wonderful clusters of red hybrid tea-shaped blooms carpet this rose from head to foot, to paint your town red. Glossy, dark green foliage accents the red perfectly and highlights the incredible flower effect all season long. The even spreading-to-mounded habit is as well suited to container gardening as it is to the border. Highly disease-resistant. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub
• Official Flower Color: Medium red
• Bloom Cycle: Everblooming
• Hardiness Zone: 4-9
• Height: 2-3’
• Flower Form, Size: Double, 3.5”
• Petal Count: 20
• ARS rating: (7.9)

Pink Pearls Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAIrls’

This blooming machine looks as if it were strewn with multitudes of little pink pearls. Frilly petals open wide revealing a white eye and golden stamens. Sturdy and low growing with a tight, compact habit. Equally attractive in the front of a mixed border or in a decorative pot. Accepting of less than perfect growing conditions. Disease-resistant, medium green foliage. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub
• Official Flower Color: Deep pink
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 5-9 (trial in zone 4)
• Height: 1-3’
• Flower Form, Size: Double, 1.5”
• Petal Count: 20

Snowdrift Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAIrift’
Like a snowdrift in summer, the habit is upright and amazingly uniform with blooms covering the plant all the way to the ground. Gorgeous, full, cup-shaped blossoms are creamy white with just a hint of apricot in the center as they open. Snowdrift is quite reminiscent of English roses. Each cluster of blossoms retains its pure color before dropping cleanly. This hardy, disease-resistant beauty is at home in any border and also makes a graceful hedge. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub
• Official Flower Color: White
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 4-9
• Height: 3-4’
• Flower Form, Size: Very full, 2”
• Petal Count: 50
• ARS Rating (7.0)

Sunrise Sunset Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAlset’
As the name implies, Sunrise Sunset is a stunning blend, with bright fuchsia-pink petals, blending to apricot near the centers. Blue-green foliage is disease-resistant on this everblooming shrub rose. Its dense, spreading habit makes it an ideal ground cover and is also well suited to mass plantings. A vigorous grower, even in zone 4. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub
• Official Flower Color: Pink blend
• Bloom Cycle: Everblooming
• Hardiness Zone: 4-9
• Height: 2-3’
• Flower Form, Size: Semi-double, 2-2.5”
• Petal Count: 13-19
• ARS rating: (7.8)

Super Hero Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAIsuhe’
Super Hero will rescue you from your fear of growing roses! This hybrid tea-shaped rose is as easy to grow as any other shrub, with the added benefit of beautiful, deep red blooms. Medium to dark green, glossy foliage provides a perfect background for the season-long flower show. Own root.
• Classification: Floribunda
• Official Flower Color: Medium red
• Bloom Cycle: Everblooming
• Hardiness Zone: 4-9
• Height: 3-5’
• Flower Form, Size: Full, 2-3”
• Petal Count: 35-40

Sweet Fragrance Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAInce’
Hybrid tea-shaped buds in tropical tints of coral and orange with a deep yellow base swirl open to full, sweetly fragrant, apricot blossoms. Each bloom matures to salmon-pink adding interest with the range of color. Clusters of buds and blooms are held on sturdy canes making them perfect for cutting. A vigorous, upright grower with excellent disease-resistance. Own root.
• Classification: Grandiflora
• Official Flower Color: Apricot
• Bloom Cycle: Everblooming
• Hardiness Zone: 5-9 (trial in zone 4)
• Height: 2-4’
• Flower Form, Size: Full, 3-4”
• Petal Count: 35

Yellow Brick Road Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAIoad’
Neat, round, compact shrub covers itself with clusters of old-fashioned, lemon-yellow blossoms. Interestingly, the outer petals are slightly lighter in color. Blooms mature to butter-cream, extending the pallet of colors. Excellent flower effect. Will add a splash of color in the front of the border, as a groundcover and also as a low hedge. You don’t have to be in the land Oz to find excellent blackspot resistance, so unique among yellow roses. Own root.
• Classification: Shrub
• Official Flower Color: Deep yellow
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 5-9
• Height: 2-3’
• Flower Form, Size: Full, 2-3”
• Petal Count: 38

Yellow Submarine Easy Elegance®, Rosa ‘BAline’
Clusters of bright lemon-yellow blossoms age to soft yellow and finally to white, creating a spectrum of yellows on one plant. This beauty has an upright habit and disease-resistant foliage. Most attractive planted in groups with other shrubs and perennials. Crown hardy in zone 4 with mulch for winter protection.
• Classification: Shrub
• Official Flower Color: Medium yellow
• Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
• Hardiness Zone: 5-9
• Height: 2-4’
• Flower Form, Size: Full, 2”
• Petal Count: 32
• ARS Rating: (7.3)


3 Easy Care Roses To Grow In Your Landscape

Chihuly Rose Bush

This wonderful floribunda rose has soft orange blooms with a hint of yellow streaking through. They are simply stunning as cut flowers. This rose is also the perfect choice for attracting honey bees to your yard.

The foliage of the Chihuly is dark-green and is highly disease resistant. This is another rose that has the ability to adapt to a wide range of growing zones – from 4 through 9. It requires full sun to perform best. It is perfect for mass plantings, or when used as a hedge. It can also make the perfect focal plant when used as a single planting around ornamental grasses.

Growing Zones 4 through 9
Mature Height : 3.5 feet tall, 3.5 Feet Wide:
Full sun to partial shade

Sunrise Sunset

As its name implies, this low-maintenance shrub rose will provide classic rose beauty from sun-up to sun-down. It is one of the easiest to care for as well, and is highly disease resistant. Adding to its allure, it grows well in both cool and warm areas, from zones 4 through 9.

Sunrise Sunset has gorgeous fuchsia and pink petals, with amber centers. The dark green leaves add their own touch of beauty as a backdrop to the bright blooms. It spreads well, and can provide a large amount of ground cover with a single planting, or when used in multiple plantings.

Growing Zones 4 through 9
Mature Height : 3 to 5 feet tall, 4 to 6 Feet Wide
Full sun to partial shade

Knock Out Roses

The Granddaddy of all low maintenance, easy care roses! The Knockout Rose bush is highly disease-resistant and easy to grow. Available in a host of colors, most will bloom all season long without the worries associated with traditional classic rose bushes.

They simply don’t require special care or attention, and can be planted individually, in mass plantings, or with annuals and perennials in mixed beds and borders. They do best in full sun.

To get the most from your knockout roses, you can simply cut back every year in the spring after the last threat of a freeze or frost.

Growing Zones: 5 through 11
Mature Height : 3 feet tall, 3 Feet Wide
Full sun

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