Fact sheet: Belinda’s Dream
Classification: Shrub rose
Year Introduced: 1992
Size: Medium shrub
Height/Width: 5 feet by 5 feet
Spacing: 7 feet apart on center
Planting site: full sun, good air circulation, keep moist until established
Cold Hardy: Zones 5-9
Introduced in 1992, this gorgeous shrub rose was developed by Dr. Robert Basye, a mathematics professor at Texas A&M University and named after the daughter of one of his friends. Belinda’s Dream is disease tolerant and has gorgeous flowers. Used as a specimen plant, a hedge or even in a large pot, this rose has the impact and beauty of a modern hybrid tea, but is much more disease and soil tolerant. It was the first rose to be designated Earth-Kind® by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The large, very double pink blossoms come in large clusters from spring until frost. Bred in Texas to withstand hot temperatures, it does well in temperate climates as well. It may have some blackspot in cool, damp weather, but its vigor and blooming will not be affected by the disease. Light pruning improves appearance and blooming frequency.
Belinda’s Dream is a wonderful rose to plant if you only have room for one rose in your landscape. It makes a lovely centerpiece in the garden surrounded by annuals or low growing perennials. To really appreciate the beauty of this rose it should be viewed up close in order to truly marvel at the outstanding size, beauty and fragrance of the blossom. This rose is an excellent selection if you are looking for a rose that can be used as a cut flower to arrange in vases and display indoors. This rose should be planted on 7 foot centers to allow for adequate air movement. Belinda’s Dream also makes a beautiful large container planting.
About Earth-Kind® Roses
Earth-Kind is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service through the Earth-Kind landscaping program. It is based on the results of extensive research and field trials and is awarded only to those roses demonstrating superior pest tolerance, combined with outstanding landscape performance.
Earth-Kind roses do well in a variety of soil types, ranging from well-drained acid sands to poorly aerated, highly alkaline clays. Once established, these select cultivars also have excellent heat and drought tolerance.
The use of Earth-Kind roses provides the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful flowering plants while limiting the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and water. These sustainable practices are excellent examples of how Earth-Kind landscaping is working to preserve and protect our natural resources and the environment.
Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden