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Just a couple of things you need to know about rock roses. Firstly they are not roses and secondly they don't need to be planted by rocks. But aside from those facts, they're fantastic garden shrubs that are ideal for anyone who wants a pretty, low maintenance, space filler with lots of flowers.
My husband has a soft spot for rock roses and planted many in our garden in all sorts of different spots - sunny, shady, dry and less dry. Without fail they perform. He bunged them in the ground and left them to do their stuff - and they do, over and over again. Given the choice - and they rarely get consulted on where they'd like to be - they would pick dry, sunny spots and they won't grumble if the soil quality isn't all that great.
Whilst each flower is quite small - maybe an inch or two across - and stays in blossom for only a day or two, there rock rose has SO MANY flowers that you'll get a great display for many weeks. Snip the dead heads off an you may well get second flowering.
Bees and other insects seem to be fond of rock roses which is another reason why they get space in our garden. The other is that they spread well and keep down weeds. In a few years, a small plant can easily grow to be several feet across so take care not to plant them too close to anything else that you don't want to have to move.