Women are used to working for their beauty. Special moisturizers, favorite shampoos, putting on makeup, fixing our hair. Yes, we get used to beauty being work. But who wants to put that much effort into their roses? Not I!
I purchased this rose several years ago. I had had some success with roses and was ready to try even more. I went to the rose nursery and put myself in their competent hands. When I heard this rose's name was 'Carefree Beauty', I raised my eyebrows and asked the nursery worker "Is it really carefree?". He assured me it was. I was skeptical, but decided to give it a try. False advertising? No. It really is a 'Carefree Beauty'.
In fact, 'Carefree Beauty' is one of my favorite roses. At least in the spring. I adore it's coloring - a cheerful pink that waves hello. The flat blooms are huge. I measured. 5-1/2 inches across. 'Carefree Beauty' gives a wonderful flush in the spring, blooming fairly early. Unfortunately, it doesn't do much in the summer (the first year I had it, it didn't bloom at all that summer), with another smaller flush in the fall. But that first flush is fabulous and makes it worth growing. I do wish it would repeat better in the summer, but I suppose that would be asking for perfection.
'Carefree Beauty' also goes by the name "Katy Road Pink" and grows in zones 4 to 9. It supposedly gets to 6 ft. or so, but I think you could keep it smaller if you wanted, because mine is nowhere near 6 ft. tall. Of course, it is in heavy clay soil, was in a spot with too much shade, and I have moved it around several times. Imagine the beauty it would be if in ideal conditions! The best part of 'Carefree Beauty' is that it is quite resistant to black spot, rust, and powdery mildew.
Want a beautiful rose that's really carefree? This rose is worth a try at home. It is a natural beauty. Because of its slow repeat, you might not want it to be the star of your garden, but it deserves a supporting role. Grow it for its spring flush. I couldn't imagine my garden without those big, billowy, beautiful blooms.
Do you have an experience with 'Carefree Beauty'?