While wandering the Mabel Ringling Rose Garden in Sarasota a few weeks ago, a miniature popcorn rose caught my eye. It was dwarfed by other roses nearby which, admittedly had bigger and brighter blooms. The miniature popcorn rose is small, with simple but numerous creamy blossoms. These tiny yellow-centered flowers somehow seemed to make the large ruffled blooms of other roses nearby look ostentatious. It’s not the kind of rose people expect, perhaps, but it has a place in any true rose lover’s garden.
The miniature popcorn rose was introduced in 1976, by rose breeder Dr. Dennison Morey. Like other mini roses, the blossoms are small, about one inch across. They’re lightly fragrant, with a honey scent. Popcorn roses bloom throughout the season in flushes, covering the bush in clusters. They’re disease resistant, and their small size makes them easy to care for. Mini roses are perfect in pots, and can be grown indoors or out. Either way, give them plenty of sun. Outdoors, they can be grown in zones 5 – 10; colder zones should opt for containers that can be brought indoors in the winter.
You’ll find the miniature popcorn rose at various online nurseries, or ask your local grower to help you locate one. See more of my favorite roses from the Mabel Ringling rose garden by clicking here.