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National Rose Month: Low-Maintenance Additions to Your Elderly Loved One’s Garden

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Congress and former President Ronald Reagan declared that the rose is the national flower of the United States in November of 1986. In honor of the historic rose, the U.S. commemorates June as National Rose Month. While seniors may have limited ability to engage in gardening activities, friends, family, and North Broward senior home care providers can help plant beautiful low-maintenance roses with them. These plants enable family members to spend time together while planting the bushes and reaping the fragrant benefits.

Flower Carpet

Ideal for containers, flower beds or as garden borders, Flower Carpet roses mature to heights and widths of 18 to 24 inches. Different varieties come in apple blossom, coral, pink, red, white or even yellow. Some species grow dense clusters of semi-double blooms. The Flower Carpet remains one of the best selling roses in the U.S. and is also resistant to black spot, mildew and rust.

Lady Elsie May

The disease resistant Lady Elsie matures to 36 inches in height and width. The fragrant bush produces semi-double, coral-colored blooms that are sure to delight your senior loved one. Though fragrant, the aroma it generates is not as strong compared to other rose varieties. The plant is also prized for its long stems that enable easy cutting for indoor enjoyment.


This variety of rose matures to between 24 and 36 inches in height and width. The bush produces vibrant deep yellow and cupped aromatic blooms. The Sunsprite is ideal for covering larger areas and is resistant to numerous rose diseases. This enables seniors to enjoy them without having to worry about spraying away pests.

The Fairy

This variety matures into a bush measuring up to 36 inches in height and width. The fast-growing plant features fragrant light pink blooms and dark green, glossy foliage. You can expect continual blooms from early summer until the first signs of frost. The Fairy rose is also disease resistant.

Though considered low-maintenance, all varieties of roses require mulch when planted, at least partial sunlight, bi-weekly watering and monthly fertilization. Give your loved one a hand or call Home Care Assistance of North Broward at 954-906-5161 for help maintaining your loved one’s garden and other housekeeping tasks. In addition to promoting physical and emotional wellbeing, we provide premier stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care North Broward families can trust to boost their loved one’s quality of life at home. Schedule a free consultation today and give your loved one the care he or she deserves.