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Rose Garden Themes: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White Polyantha-

'Snow White' buds

What could be more delightful than having Snow White and her seven dwarfs growing in your rose garden? Unfortunately, you can’t have all seven dwarfs but you can have ‘Snow White’ and four of her dwarfs, ‘Doc’, ‘Happy’, ‘Bashful’, and ‘Dopey’. A rose grower in the Netherlands produced a series with seven dwarfs but only these four are available here at this time. Several roses have been named ‘Snow White’ but of them only one is readily available. ‘Happy’ is considered an excellent exhibition rose and has an American Rose Society rating of 8.1. All the dwarfs are short and/or compact. Available information on the roses named for all the dwarfs is included below for those interested in knowing what the whole series offers.

Snow White polyantha open

'Snow White'

‘Snow White’ (aka ‘Sneprinsesse’)

    Type: Polyantha
    Origin: Netherlands, 1946
    Color: White, near white, or white blend
    Petal Number: Double
    Scent: Mild
Doc

'Doc'

‘Doc’

    Type: Polyantha
    Origin: Netherlands, 1954
    Color: Pink
    Petal Number: Double
'Bashful'

'Bashful'

‘Bashful’

    Type: Polyantha
    Origin: Netherlands, 1955
    Color: Reddish pink with white eye
    Petal Number: Single (4-8)
Dopey2

'Dopey'

‘Dopey’

    Type: Polyantha
    Origin: Netherlands, 1954
    Color: Medium red
    Petal Number: Double
Happy

'Happy'

‘Happy’

    Type: Polyantha
    Origin: Netherlands. 1954
    Color: Cherry-red
    Petal Number: Semi-double to double
    Scent: None
Sleepy'2

'Sleepy'

‘Sleepy’

    Type: Polyantha
    Origin: Netherlands, 1955
    Color: Pink
    Petal Number: Double (17-25)
Sneezy

'Sneezy'

‘Sneezy’

    Type: Polyantha
    Origin: Netherlands, 1955
    Color: Deep pink
    Petal Number: Single
Grumpy

'Grumpy'

‘Grumpy’

    Type: Polyantha
    Origin: Netherlands
    Color: Medium pink
    Petal Number: Double

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Recommended Reading:

Amercian Rose Society Encyclopedia of Roses
Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener
Gardening at Sissinghurst