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Water Wise Plants

Rosa 'Happenstance'

Common Name
Rose 'Happenstance'
Plant Type
Mature Size
3 ft. tall and wide with regular pruning
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full sun
  • Bees
  • Beneficials
Flower Color
Light yellow to white
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Roses have a reputation for being lovely shrubs that require a lot of maintenance and water. 'Happenstance' rose is a beautiful, disease-free shrub rose that does fine on a low water diet.

The pale-yellow flowers of 'Happenstance' provide a calming contrast to more brightly colored flowers. The arching branches of 'Happenstance' rose form a neat mound.

PADG Notes: This rose is a slow grower in the garden and doesn't need a lot of deadheading or pruning because it is not highly fertilized or watered. In February, some of the longer canes of 'Happenstance' are pruned back to about two feet to keep the rose a three-foot mounding shrub over the summer.

Despite the low maintenance approach, this plant blooms continually in the spring, summer, and fall. It is highly recommended as a medium-sized rose for water-wise perennial gardens.

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