Question: What are the most dependable roses for my Texas landscape?Answer: Dr. Steve George of the Texas Cooperative Extension, assisted by other scientists of the Texas A&M Agriculture Program: Drs. Wayne Mackay, Cynthia McKenney, Raul Cabrera, Phil Colbaugh and Mr. Landry Lockett, are conducting ongoing tests to find the most dependable, trouble-free roses for Texas gardeners.
Following are those that have already been selected for their superior performance under a variety of Texas conditions and without heroic soil preparation or spraying.
Sea Foam is a creamy white double that blooms from mid-spring until frost. It grows in spreading shrub form to 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide.
Marie Daly is a semi-double, fragrant pink variety that blooms from spring until frost. It is a Polyantha rose that grows to 3 to 4 feet tall and wide.
The Fairy is a light pink, small-flowering double Polyantha that grows to 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It blooms all season long.
Caldwell Pink is a very double, lilac-pink rose that blooms from spring until frost. It grows to 4 feet tall and wide.
Knock Out is a cherry red, semi-double shrub rose to 4 feet tall and wide. It blooms from spring, through the summer and all the way until frost.
Perle d’Or is a double-flowering, peach-colored rose that grows 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It flowers from spring until frost.
Belinda’s Dream is a double pink rose that is also fragrant. It is fragrant, blooming from spring until frost. The plants grow to 5 feet tall and wide.
Else Poulsen is a pink-flowering, semi-double floribunda rose that blooms from April until November. It grows to 5 feet tall and wide.
Katy Road Pink grows to 5 feet tall and wide. It produces semi-double, pink flowers all season long.
Mutabilis (butterfly rose) is a 6-foot shrubby China rose with single yellow, pink, then crimson flowers. It is the first rose to be named EarthKind” Rose of the Year (2005).
Climbing Pinkie grows to 10 feet tall, or it can be kept as a 6-foot shrub. It bears semi-double, fragrant pink flowers all season long. It is a Polyantha rose.