Shrub Rose ‘Cassie’ is a Flower Powerhouse

It’s October 20th, and everybody in the garden is winding down. Everybody but ‘Cassie’, that is.

'Cassie' blooming in late October.
‘Cassie’ blooming in late October.

‘Cassie’ is a medium-sized shrub rose that refuses to acknowledge the change of seasons. She just keeps pumping out small, semi-double white flowers.

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She even keeps the flower buds coming.

'Cassie' hips.
‘Cassie’ hips.

All this while her canes fill with small orange hips that gradually disappear down the gullets of birds.

'Cassie' overflows with small white flowers in June and July.
‘Cassie’ overflows with small white flowers in June and July.

Of course, ‘Cassie’ is at her peak in June and July, when she is covered with mildly fragrant blooms.

‘Cassie’ is about as close to trouble-free as a rose can get. I give her absolutely no coddling, and every year she comes back with vigor and clean foliage. Cut back in early spring, she grows to about four feet high.

Do you have any roses or other plants that don’t know when to quit?

48 Comments on “Shrub Rose ‘Cassie’ is a Flower Powerhouse”

  1. Your Cassie rose is beautiful Jason and deserved of your post title. Roses that need no codling are my kind of rose. Rain and wind have bashed my late flowering roses, but Salvias especially Salvia patens ‘Cambridge blue’ is flourishing and withstanding this current weather.

  2. Hello Jason, all our roses are new to the garden and several are still potted, waiting to be planted. Those that have been lucky enough to be planted are establishing in new ground and so I’d say that all the roses we have at the moment are requiring a bit of work, but hopefully that will ease off as they settle into their new environment. From the stunning display we had in the last garden (before we dug them up and brought them with us) , I’m expecting great things from them.

  3. I like Cassie. Do the bees like her? This year Delphinium haven’t realised that it’s time to batten down the hatches for the autumn storms. They are in full bloom – as are Echinops, Geranium and Lavender x intermedia “Sussex”. Some friends in the village cut back their apple tree a few weeks ago and it is now in full blossom!

  4. Hello again ! .. Thank you for stopping by my blog : )
    My favorite is white roses .. this one looks wonderful and trouble free is another favorite aspect I love .. sadly my White Licorice were pumping out black spot like crazy so they had to leave the garden.
    I do have some colorful roses that behave themselves … but white just does it for me .. this one I will have to remember .. William Shakespeare seems to be the surprising one to keep flowering .. I love the scent as well .. a rose without scent seems just wrong to me ! LOL

  5. I have an ‘Alba Meidiland’, also white, that keeps pumping out flowers, but at this point it has lost much of its foliage. Your ‘Cassie’ still looks green, lush, and healthy.

    There are a couple other shrub type roses in my rock garden (planted by former owners over 11 years ago) that will keep blooming until a heavy freeze, but they are smaller and more manageable than the ‘Alba Meidiland’.

  6. That Rose looks like a winner! Flowers that don’t quit … hmmm … this fall there are quite a few since we haven’t had a hard freeze yet. I guess the longest-lasting ones are the Fuchsias in the hanging baskets, because they’re up off the ground. If I keep watering and misting them, they’ll last for quite a while. The Rose hips on your Rose are pretty impressive, too.

  7. Cassie looks very much like my ‘Darlow’s Enigma, except in plant size. Like ‘Cassie’ my ‘Darlow’ is still blooming with small white flowers on long canes, after most roses and perennials have given up the ghost. The lovely thing about a small white rose is that it enhances everything colorful around it. Enjoy!

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