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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