Roses are filling the garden with color. Despite their reputation for being finicky and high maintenance, these beautiful shrubs are worth the effort. The picture above is the splashy Fourth of July rose. Below is a true heirloom, my grandfather's favorite red climbing rose.
Roses do best in a spot with well-drained soil and at least 6 hours of full sun. They should get about one inch of water a week. A nice layer of mulch is essential. This is the pink Sweetheart rose. Isn't the delicate bloom divine?
Now there are varieties of roses that defy the conventional wisdom roses are fussy and hard to grow. Knock Out roses were developed by William Radler, a Wisconsin botanist. He was looking for a hardy, disease-resistant rose and succeeded brilliantly. These lovlies are also heat tolerant which makes them perfect for Georgia. This is my double red Knock Out.
This is an heirloom pink Floribunda rose, passed down from my grandmother to my mother to me.
And last but certainly not least is the lovely Lady Banks rose. This vigorous climber only blooms for a couple of weeks in the spring, but what a show!! The Lady Banks lives a long time and can grow to a huge size. In fact, there’s one in the Tombstone, Arizona, that was planted in 1855 and covers a mind boggling 8000 square feet!!