Every garden should have this lightly scented rose. It bears sprays of clear rose pink flowers at different levels on a neat, spreading plant of modest size, covered in abundant rich green foliage that is attractive even before flowering starts. Once it does start, there is hardly any time that the plant is not in bloom until the first winter frosts. The flowers are full of small petals and are cupped in form. For a specimen plant or a group, or to form a low mounded hedge, this is a lovely rose to have and a good one to recommend to people with little rose growing experience, for its constitution and health are excellent. Grows equally well in a shady aspect as it does in full sun.
AWARDS: Anerkannte Deutsche Rose, 1983. Belfast Certificate Of Merit, 1983. All American Rose Selection, 1987. Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit, 1993. Gold Standard Award, 2010.
The World Federation Of Rose Societies entered Bonica into the Society's Rose Hall Of Fame in 2003 an honour shared with just 16 other roses: Knock Out (2018), Cocktail (2015), Sally Holmes (2012), Graham Thomas (2009), Elina (2006), Pierre de Ronsard (2006), Ingrid Bergman (2000), New Dawn (1997), Just Joey (1994), Pascali (1991), Papa Melland (1988), Double Delight (1985), Iceberg (1983), Fragrant Cloud (1981), Queen Elizabeth (1979) and Peace (1976).