Smarty, along with the David Austin roses, is classified as a modern shrub rose. Modern shrub roses are, essentially, modern roses that defy classification.
Smarty’s blooms are a delicate soft pink and are wild rose like in appearance. They are single, medium sized and feature lovely dominant yellow stamens. The flowers come in medium to large clusters.
Smarty flowers prolifically in spring and then follows up with a sparse repeat.
The foliage is bright green and matt on a vigorous, spreading bush that is wider than it is tall. There are many small prickles.
Smarty was bred by Ilsink in The Netherlands in 1979.
Ooh, she’s pretty!! I love the shade of pink…
Pretty, just like me 😀
These are quite special, aren’t they? So simple like a wild rose but, as EllaDee said, the colors are reminiscent of a fruit tree’s blossoms. Does it have a strong fragrance?
Hi John No I am afraid the scent is only minimal – otherwise it would be just perfect.
Your photography skills with the roses is absolutely phenomenal. So good that do you know I think I can smell these here in Boston!
The Smarty blooms have all the beauty of a peach blossom, a lovely thing to resemble but take it that little bit further. Simple but stunning.
I agree Ella, sometimes it is the most simple that wins the day.
Lovely! I think I had one or two of these in a previous garden… does it climb as well?
Hi Liz, No Liz it is actually described in the ‘books’ as a ground cover but mine is more like a shrub.