If you like roses, but don’t want to be bothered with spraying, deadheading and generally fussing over the plants, there are some selections that offer beauty and freedom from care. One of these specimens is the Carefree Wonder shrub rose that is blooming in the medians of Kickapoo Spur.

This fairly new rose was hybridized in France in 1990 and won the All American rose award in 1991. In addition, it won the Modern Shrub Rose prize in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The plants were installed in the median in front of Cinderella Motel about 2001. As the landscaping was developed farther west, more plants were added as far as Kennedy Street.


If you like roses, but don’t want to be bothered with spraying, deadheading and generally fussing over the plants, there are some selections that offer beauty and freedom from care. One of these specimens is the Carefree Wonder shrub rose that is blooming in the medians of Kickapoo Spur.
This fairly new rose was hybridized in France in 1990 and won the All American rose award in 1991. In addition, it won the Modern Shrub Rose prize in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The plants were installed in the median in front of Cinderella Motel about 2001. As the landscaping was developed farther west, more plants were added as far as Kennedy Street.
The roses bloom on new growth, so it is important to prune them early in the spring if you don’t want them to get overly large. The most prolific bloom is the first one in the spring, but the plants bloom until frost. They will bloom more frequently if the old blooms are deadheaded, but that isn’t done with this installation. They also form an orange rose hip after the bloom period is over. 
Carefree Wonder roses prefer full sun, but according to Steve Owens in his book “Best Garden Plants for Oklahoma,” they will tolerate some shade. They do best in fertile, moist soil but will perform satisfactorily in almost any soil.
If you have difficulty locating Carefree Wonder roses locally, you might choose Knock Out Roses instead. They have many of the same characteristics and are just as easily managed. Knock Out Roses come in pink and red and now are available in the double Knock Out rose that has a fuller bloom.