Many Minis
Roses Bred by Bennett
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At the end of the ninteenth century there lived an Englishman named Bennett who is credited with being the first rose breeder to apply Mendeleev's then new principles of genetics to the breeding of roses. His singular great rose was Mrs. John Laing - one of a handful of hybrid perpetuals still worth growing. Several of the roses here are his introductions.

More recently , Dee Bennett - presumably no relation - has introduced a number of great miniature roses, most of the roses listed here are hers.

Minis fill a lot of niches. Some minis spread out and make ideal ground covers in the garden. Others work well as potted plants. Still others are ideal as indoor or low light plants. And there is a whole line of minis bred specifically to do well on the show bench. My impression is that a few of these are well suited for showing, especially Jean Kenneally and Irresistible. I cannot recall having encountered any of these in a garden used as groundcovers, so I dare speculate that most on this list are not the groundcover sort. There's plenty of room in even the smallest garden for minis, especially the compact ones.

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Cultivar Class Color FragranceBreeder Hardiness
Hybrid Perpetual
Candy Pink
Strong
Bennett
Zone 4
Miniature
Mauve
None
Bennett
Zone 6
Miniature
White
None
Bennett
Zone 5
Miniature
Pale Apricot
Slight
Bennett
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Pink
Strong
Bennett
Zone 6
Miniature
Primrose
Slight
Bennett
Zone 5
Miniature
Chrome Yellow
Strong
Bennett
Zone 4
Hybrid Perpetual
Pink
Strong
Bennett
Zone 5
Miniature
Yellow
None
Bennett
Zone 5
Miniature
Red
Slight
Bennett
Zone 6
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