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  Rosa 'The Fairy'
The Fairy Rose in the nursery garden
Rosa The Fairy was planted at San Marcos Growers garden.
Although starting a bit later to flower than most roses, 'The Fairy' makes up for this by blooming solidly for weeks on end. This rose becomes a dainty shrub with growth that is fan like to 2 feet tall by 3 feet or more wide with small, bright green shiny leaves that display well the clustered sprays of delicate polyantha pink, very double flowers that blush to white in full sun. A result of the crossing of the Wichuraiana Rambler 'Lady Gay' (1905) and the polyantha 'Paul Crampel' (sport of 'Suberb' -1930) in 1932 this is one of the John and Anne Bentall's most popular creations (See also R. 'Buff Beauty' and R. 'Ballerina'. An excellent choice for the border, massed or allowed to gracefully cascade over the edge of flowerbeds. This is treasured for its endless floral display and versatility. A great container rose or even in a shaded garden whose one. It has been said that 'TheFairy' has but one failing, its lack of fragrance. There is a nice planting at our nursery of 'The Fairy' in dappled light behind our accounting office. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Hardy to zones 4-9

David Austin in his book Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses says of this rose: "The flowers are ...borne in great quantities in broad, flat sprays. Flowering starts very late but continues throughout the summer almost without a break, proving colour when many other roses have passed their peak."

Peter Beales says in Classic Roses "After a spell of obscurity, this rose is currently enjoying a new lease of life, and deservedly so... it is procumbent enough to be used for a partial groundcover as well as for group planting and patio work."