Ground cover roses
Excellent as underplanting for normal roses, ground cover roses are a low growing or prostrate form that have actually been around for a long time but ground cover roses have recently been promoted as 'carpet roses' and this is what they do.
Requiring similar conditions to other roses they trivia in a humus rich moist soil and grow well in full sun to part shade, around 6 hours of sun a day is regarded as a minimum for good flowering. If you can arrange a position where they get morning sun, and then a little shade late in the afternoon when the sun is at its hottest they will thrive.
Many of the new cultivars are repeat flowering providing a virtual carpet of flowers from spring through summer. Care is fairly easy and fertiliser and watering are similar to other roses.
These low growing roses are suited for planting in pots and containers on a patio as well as in the garden border, rockeries or planted en masse, we have seen them used very successfully as median strip plantings.
Pruning Ground Cover Roses
Roses thrive on pruning, they flower better, and seem to stay a lot healthier with a good prune. Ground cover roses are a little different, they require less pruning. However that does not mean no pruning at all.
Start by making sure you cut back any dead or diseased wood, remove any tangled masses as well. Try cutting back some of the older wood each year to help promote new growth the rest is really sort of shaping. And yes they can be pruned again gently after flowering to help promote a healthier second flush of flowers.
If you need to regenerate ground cover roses you can generally cut back 1/3.