Shrub Rose 'Belinda's Dream'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Belinda's Dream
Additional cultivar information:(Earth Kind, aka Belinda's Rose)
Hybridized by Basye
Registered or introduced: 1988
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:

Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Dark Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Dutton, Alabama

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Long Beach, California

San Jose, California

Yuba City, California

Newark, Delaware

Brooksville, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Maitland, Florida

Navarre, Florida

Sebastian, Florida

Barnesville, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Kalona, Iowa

Hesston, Kansas

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Bordelonville, Louisiana

Deridder, Louisiana

Echo, Louisiana

Slidell, Louisiana

Pikesville, Maryland

Danvers, Massachusetts

Southborough, Massachusetts

Lake Orion, Michigan

Bay Springs, Mississippi

Purvis, Mississippi

Columbus, Ohio

Lebanon, Ohio

Enid, Oklahoma

Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

Chapin, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Anderson, Texas

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas(5 reports)

Bedford, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Burleson, Texas

Colleyville, Texas

Corsicana, Texas

Dallas, Texas(2 reports)

Deer Park, Texas

Dickinson, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Gilmer, Texas

Houston, Texas(6 reports)

Joshua, Texas

Kurten, Texas

La Vernia, Texas

League City, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

Mesquite, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Odessa, Texas

Paris, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rockport, Texas

Rockwall, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(3 reports)

Sanger, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Tomball, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Manassas, Virginia

Winchester, Virginia

Port Townsend, Washington(4 reports)

Vancouver, Washington

Racine, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 17, 2020, ivbaustin from Austin, TX wrote:

I have always loved my Belinda's Dream Rose, the raspberry fragrance is fabulous. I have 2 plants, planted in a big pot. They get appropriate amount of sun and bloomed beautifully for years. Then they started putting out dwarf blooms and when they opened the flower looked sickly, not fully developed and not its vibrant pink color. I repotted them with a great mixture of rose soil and some Happy Todd and fertilized them with Micro Life for roses. They are blooming but the same thing is happening, small buds sometimes a stem might have 5 buds which I thought might be depleting the energy from the stem and the reason the flower is so tiny. I just do not know what to do being that it is not its beautiful self anymore. PLEASE, Any advise? Thank you


On Sep 23, 2019, colesatterfield from Checotah, OK wrote:

I had high hopes for Belindas Dream, but she never delivered. She had all of the attributes that I look for in a rose and she had some wonderful reviews, but none were experienced by me. She was not vigorous, had no fragrance and her blooms turned into an ugly brownish gob. I kept thinking that she needed more maturity, so I kept her for almost three years, but she never got better. Maybe she just acts this way in Oklahoma, but Ive never had a rose (especially one touted to be Earth Kind) to be so difficult. Needless to say, shes been replaced with one that makes me happy to care for her. You may find her more likeable, but be forewarned; Belinda is not always the dream girl that she claims to be. AS for me, Carefree Beauty, Pink, Peachy and/or Blushing Knockouts are a better choice.


On Apr 27, 2019, afoxintx from Odessa, TX wrote:

This is my absolute favorite Earth-Kind Rose! I have grown several of them in West Texas (Midland/Odessa) and have had awesome success with them. I even had one that self-seeded and that baby is now 6 years old and flourishing just like its parent plant. These don't usually self-seed, but the conditions must have just been perfect when the original hip dropped.

Many of the issues mentioned in comments above, such as the leaves and buds turning brown, lack of fragrance, etc. can be easily corrected. The fragrance is determined by the length of time the plant is in full sun. It should have at least 6 to 8 hours. The leaf and bud browning is due to water hitting them. Water only at ground level. If you live in a rainy climate, do not hand water. Try sheltering the pl... read more


On Oct 22, 2018, Niven from Kiefer, OK wrote:

Belinda's Dream hasn't been a dream for me. A frustrating rose that promised much but failed to deliver. My rose appears healthy, but as a previous poster noted, the buds never open fully & outer petals turn brown. My BD has NO fragrance whatsoever, can't be used in bouquets & makes a mess in the yard. I'm gardening in Oklahoma now, so could be climate is the problem.


On May 6, 2018, GardenTexana from Rockwall, TX wrote:

Gorgeous, fragrant easy care pink rose. Mine grew and bloomed like crazy the first and second years in my organic garden. Unfortunately both of them contracted rose rosette the third year and I had to dig them up.


On Aug 4, 2017, Lucy_susi from Miami, FL wrote:

I bought this beauty at local nursery in May when she was about 1 ft tall. I planted her in partial sun, she puts off gorgeous blooms, consistently. The plant always has roses on it. These roses smell AMAZING.
I fertilize with miracle gro all purpose every 2 weeks and this has helped her bush out. I always cut the roses off about 6 inches down from bloom? Bring inside to enjoy them. The rose lasts about 1 week inside.
It's now August and she's about 3 feet tall.

LOVE this plant


On Dec 28, 2016, rossbynum from Houston, TX wrote:

In my opinion, there are better pink roses that can be purchased. It's not that Belinda's Dream is a bad rose, it's a very good rose all around, but it's not spectacular at anything. The blooms also ball up and turn brown in the rain. In a generally moist climate like Houston, TX, that's not a good trait to have.

If you want a healthy, clear pink, abundant bloomer...try Gene Boerner instead.


On Jun 29, 2016, GetulioK from Port Townsend, WA wrote:

I live close to the coast of the Olympic Peninsula in the PNW, and in a microclimate that is breezy and gets about 18" of rain per year. I bought 2 Belinda's Dream roses from Antique Rose Emporium a year ago. The plants are incredibly floriferous with large, very double pink flowers, large leaves and good-sized canes, but none of the blooms open all the way. To add insult to injury, many half-open buds end up with brown outer petals and seem glued shut. They get sun all day, I provided a good, rich soil when I planted them a year ago in the spring, and give them a good quality composted manure side-dressing regularly. I water them well every 3 days. But they have no fragrance, and none of the flowers open all the way. And, on top of it all, it's not a particularly upright plant; ma... read more


On Sep 30, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is my second season growing this in part shade. The flowers are lovely and fragrant, but not as many as I'd like, probably due to inadequate sun. I love the color and form and fragrance, and it lasts well as a cut flower, but the petals don't self-clean and it requires deadheading.

Black spot resistance has been good.


On Feb 20, 2013, dsd2682 from Hollywood, FL wrote:

By far the best rose for South Florida. This is my only spray free rose here in humid south FL. She is always in bloom. She does get thrips but a little bayers systemic takes care of that, and either way once the flowers open you cant see the damaged pedals on the outside so i don't use anything on her. If you're going to have one rose in Florida, its this one!
I have two!


On Aug 14, 2012, shopshops from Joshua, TX wrote:

I LOVE THIS ROSE!!!!! Planted this rose in May 2010. I purchased my first one online from the Antique Rose Emporium. I am so happy that I read and listened to all of the reviews about this rose. Not only is it ever blooming. It is also fragrant.

Let me clear this up for the folks who can't smell a fragrance on this rose. In the early morning, the fragrance practically wafts off of it. However when the sun comes up and in the late evening it is not as fragrant. It took me a year of owning this rose before I figured this out.
The heat resistance is also brilliant! One of my roses is planted on the southern side of my house in baking hot North Texas and my rose hangs in there and pumps out the roses. I water them once a week from July to mid- September. However, I thin... read more


On Apr 6, 2011, careyana from (Carey) Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Picked up at a local nursery from the 'mercy' shelf after bitter cold with no leaves. What a bargain! The beautiful foliage filled in quickly and buds started to form almost immediately... and what a beautiful bloom and heavenly scent as well! I cannot recommend this rose enough as it has been very low maintenance (save for the thrips which do love this one). I will be taking cuttings to put this one around the entire yard.


On Jul 22, 2010, acct54 from Bedford, TX wrote:

I have six Belinda's Dream rose bushes. I find they all bloom at the same time with a lot of blooms. Then for a period of a couple of weeks, there are no blooms at all. Is this typical?


On Jul 20, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I'm in zone 4a and planted Belinda's Dream in early June. I have had success with a Flower Carpet rose that was rated for zone 5, so I figured I would give this a try. So far it is growing and blooming nicely. I like the fact that it has the shrub rose qualities of disease resistance, but it looks and smells like a "real" rose. We'll see how it fares in a Minnesota winter. If it survives, I will call this a real winner.


On May 23, 2010, DianeMEM from Glenshaw, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

The first blooms this year were 6" across! Love this rose.


On Apr 25, 2010, dontruman from Victoria, TX wrote:

Fairly indestructible. I've ignored it for years and it stills grows seven feet tall. Slowly spreads at ground level. After ten years the canes coming out of the ground are 12 inches across. If not fertilized or pH balanced the blooms become lavender in alkaline soil. Designated a Texas A&M Earth-Kind Rose because it can pretty much live on its own without help once established. Google "earth-kind" for a list of low to no maintenance roses. The scent, or lack thereof, is affected by location (morning sun , afternoon sun, all day sun) and soil pH. My plant receives only four hours of direct sunlight (after 3:00 pm) against a tan colored brick wall and has only a little scent. If you have the black "St. Charles" clay soil ask your local nursery for soil acidifiers; that may help.


On Apr 13, 2010, mbgarden1 from Sugar Land, TX wrote:

I live in Sugar Land, Tx and ordered this rose from a nursery in Tyler, Texas, and planted it this spring. Today the first bud opened and there is absolutely no fragrance! What has happened? I have smelled this rose before in a friend's gardens, and don't understand why mine has nothing. Someone please advise!


On Oct 10, 2008, carle from Katy, TX wrote:

I have four Belinda's dream roses. The only time this rose got blackspot or had a problem with yellow leaves was when I used Miracle Grow to fertilize it. This rose does fine with organic methods like mulch, compost and well composted manure, or a time-release rose food. The stems are always strong and I have dozens of buds and flowers on each bush at a time. In the hot Texas summer I only watered it once a week, and it still bloomed like crazy. I had tons of roses to cut and bring inside. It is a very beautiful and fragrant rose. This is the best rose of all time.


On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Not nearly as disease resistant as touted, out of my 300 plus varieties of roses this one is in the top for spraying for blackspot when we are having overcast weather. Also the foliage tends to yellow unnatractively unless I fertilize regularly, HOWEVER, it blooms nearly 10 months out of the year in my central texas garden. Too bad it gets thrips so bad...
A lot of people probably won't notice/care about the foliage discoloration and thrips because it just keeps pumping out those oversized, super fragrant pink roses. I would probably love it if it wasn't touted so much as desease resistant! I hate to spray!
Oh, and the stems can be weak for the bloom size so the flowers tend to flop over after rain..I think it looks romantic. I hid my ugly foliage by planting "Cramoise Supe... read more


On Nov 5, 2007, SweetBowl from Arlington, TX wrote:

Incredibly healthy and fast growing here in North Texas. I don't spray and it still get huge full blooms all season. It has grown very tall, hit 6' in its first year. The second year after prunning it got to 7'.


On Apr 2, 2007, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

a low-maint., blooming machine. I guess if somebody ever told me I could only have ONE rose (horrors!), Belinda's Dream would be it


On Nov 16, 2006, Ducky777 from Arlington, TX wrote:

I have found the issue of scent to be especially interesting with this rose. Some people say 'Very Fragrant' and others say 'Faint.' I fall under the 'faint' category with mine. It is by far the hardiest rose I have, but to me the scent is almost non existent. I think a study of this rose and people's ability to smell a scent could be interesting.


On Apr 28, 2006, CathieR from Burleson, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought this rose several years ago and have been overwhelmed by its success. Due to illness this winter I did not prune it, nor did I water it regularly during our year long drought. It began blooming in March, at a height of over 6' and width of 5'. There were literally hundreds of blooms on it. We are now moving to a new house and I am searching high and low for another Belinda's Dream for our new home.

I was surprised by a comment above that said this rose had very little scent. My Belinda's Dream roses have always been very strongly scented, beautiful all the way through.


On Feb 20, 2006, aprilwillis from Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Beautiful rose, easy, minimal care. Best flowers in Houston area are in Fall & Spring; during hottest part of the summer flowers are not as long lasting. I can't think of a rose that is as easy to care for, forgiving and breathtakingly beautiful!


On Nov 10, 2005, Elphaba from Rockport, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've had mine for three years now and it's absolutely gorgeous all the time. Blooms are huge even in sweltering summers. My experience is that the roses are on very strong stems and don't droop at all. The plant has a great shape too. My only complaint is that the flowers have almost no fragrance. I've stuck my nose in this rose many times in many different gardens and to my nose, this variety has almost no scent at all. The fragrance is so faint that you have to wonder if you're just imagining it. Buy it because it has huge flowers and because it is incredibly hardy and almost completely disease resistant, but you may be disappointed if you buy it for its fragrance.


On Nov 9, 2005, Larabee from Houston, TX wrote:

Witht its high petal count, wonderful scent, and very abundant blooms, Belinda's Dream is perfect for cut flowers. This rose almost always ends up in any bouquet I'm putting together.


On Oct 27, 2005, Kauai17 from Leander, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the first rose that I have ever tried growing. I just love it. The petals are a beautiful pink color and it is extremely fragrant. Mine always has buds and blooms on it!!!!!


On Jul 9, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

What a wonderful little rose. I love the color, the fragrance is marvelous and it just keeps pumping out blooms, even in the extreme heat and drougth conditions we've been experiencing.


On May 17, 2005, twiggybuds from Moss Point, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

This has it all if you like pink. If you think you can't grow roses, you are mistaken. This one can even manage without your help if it gets enough water initially. Beautifull! I'm rooting some for trading.


On May 17, 2005, Retired99 from Sebastian, FL wrote:

This rose does beautifully in our humid weather and has weathered two hurricanes in 2004. It blooms year round and the scent is great.


On May 15, 2005, tremax from Delray Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant has been easy to grow and here in Delray Beach, Fl. (10A) it blooms the year round. Moderate watering and fertilizing has made it a real delight. Great fragrance.


On May 14, 2005, wubba from Lake Orion, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought this rose at the end of summer 2004 from a local nursery for a very good price. I had never tried growing roses before so I figured that the budget price tag would be okay if I was unable to make it grow. After planting, it continued to bloom the most precious pink flowers! When spring came around, there was not any new growth to speak of and I was going to replace it thinking that I had planted it too late and too close to fall for it to have established itself. I pruned it hard when some small amounts of growth appeared. One month later, it is full and flourishing! I didn't kill it! It has not bloomed yet, but I have no doubt that it will be just fine.


On Apr 29, 2005, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great flower form and fragrance, highly resistant to blackspot. A good no-spray rose for the South. Only downside is that the flowers can become floppy in the rain due to thin stems and high petal count.


On Apr 19, 2005, shuggins from Houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is the first rose that I am growing. I put them in February 2005 and they are doing extremely well. I definitely recommend to people who are reluctant to try growing roses. Beautiful flowers and nice foliage.


On Apr 27, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
This was the first rose to be designated a Texas Superstar (tm). It received this prestigous designation because it has performed extremely well in statewide testing. A Texas SuperStar (tm) must be hardy and able to withstand the hot dry summers which occur in most parts of the state. They have to be extremely disease and insect resistant and add beauty, but require minimal care as well as minimal reliance on chemical pest control. It also has received the EarthKind (tm) designation due to its ability to thrive with less water and less need for chemical use to combat diseases (highly resistant to black spot and other fungal diseases) and insects. It has performed outstandingly even in highly alkaline clay soils which seems like a miracle to me. I have not grown thi... read more


On Jun 5, 2003, Petsitterbarb from Claremore, OK wrote:

If you love PINK roses, as I do, you'll LOVE this rose!!! I rescued several from a local hardware store a couple of years ago, and have never been sorry! I'd read about this rose, and the comments were very positive, so thought it was worth a try. This rose is SO free from disease here (and I don't spray at all!) (zone 6), it blooms profusely, and the blooms are simply wonderful! They hold well on the bush, and also last a LONG time after cutting. The form is lovely, and the scent is very sweet and strong. In my opinion, this is a MUST HAVE rose for anyone favoring pink!