There is nothing more defeating than watching the roses you worked so hard to grow succumb to a Houston, Texas drought. You water your roses and try to shelter them from the blistering sun, but sometimes the extended heat is too much for your delicate beauties. (Adding insult to injury, there is often a water ban when there is a drought, cutting your chances of keeping your roses well-watered down to nothing.) If this has happened to you, you may be interested in planting some of these gorgeous, drought tolerant roses in your Houston, Texas garden.
Duchess de Brabant. This rose is probably best known for being a favorite of Teddy Roosevelt. Its lovely light pink flowers bloom from spring through frost, and this low maintenance rose is not only drought tolerant, it is disease resistant, too. This shrub will grow to be about six feet tall, and survives the Houston, Texas winter with ease. A very pretty rose for mixed borders.
Georgetown Tea. A tough, hard to kill, beautiful rose with double blooms that have dark pink centers and light pink petals. This rose bush is tolerant of cold down to 20 degrees, and is drought tolerant and disease resistant. This is an EarthKind rose, meaning it has passed rigorous testing from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service with flying colors. Expect blooms from spring through the fall in your Houston, Texas garden.
Basye’s Blueberry. Named because of its resemblance to a blueberry bush, you’ll love this rose’s violet-pink blooms. Drought tolerant, disease resistant, and able to tolerate cold down to 25 degrees, this rose is practically guaranteed not to cause you any heartbreak. It will bloom from the fall through early spring, great for providing winter color to your Houston, Texas garden. This rose shrub will grow to be about six feet tall, and looks very nice in a mixed border.
Lady Banks (Yellow). If you are looking for a drought tolerant climbing rose for your Houston, Texas arbor, try these double yellow blooms. These roses are thornless and pest free, and will bloom for you in the spring. Climbing to heights of 20 feet, this rose does very well through the Houston, Texas winter. It was introduced in 1824.
Old Blush. A rose with very fragrant flowers in a lovely shade of pink, this tough shrub is drought tolerant and survives the Houston, Texas winter nicely. Introduced in 1752, this classic rose will bloom from spring through frost, and reach heights of up to six feet. These roses are wonderful to use as a hedge or in a mixed border.
Spice. So named for its pretty, spicy fragrance, you’ll love this rose’s pretty pale pink blooms. This rose is drought tolerant, disease resistant, and can survive temperatures down to 25 degrees. Another EarthKind rose, this hard to kill flower makes a wonderful cut flower for bouquets and arrangements. Expect blooms from spring through the fall in your Houston, Texas garden. This rose does well in a container, and also makes a lovely groundcover.