Growing any kind of plant in Houston, Texas, never mind roses, can be a challenge due to the high heat and humidity. Add in any mistakes – like forgetting to water faithfully, not using enough fertilizer, not enough sun or shade, etc. – and your flowers aren’t likely to make it. That being said, however, there are certain types of roses that are hardier than most (read this as: harder to kill.) In fact, I learned from the Houston Chronicle’s website, www.chron.com, that there is even a designation for these types of hardy roses. They are called “Earth-kind” roses, and they must be drought- and pest-resistant, as well as be able to go without fertilizer, pruning or pesticides! (To learn more about Earth-kind roses, click here.) So if you are not always a careful gardener but would love to grow roses in your Houston, Texas garden, try some of these hardy roses below:
Spice. A pretty, hardy shrub rose that grows delicate pink flowers, the Spice Rose will look nice in containers or borders. They have a distinctly spicy scent (hence their name) and also make a very pretty ground cover. The Spice Rose will tolerate temperatures to freezing, but after that cover them up or bring the containers indoors. These hardy roses will do well in your Houston, Texas garden, and are great cutting flowers, too.
Georgetown Tea. These salmon-colored roses, with their starry blooms, will look great in a hedge or border, and can survive with minimum watering and no fertilizer if you are a forgetful gardener. This hardy rose can grow to be six feet tall, and can survive in weather as cold as twenty degrees (not likely in Houston, Texas). It originated in Georgetown, Texas, for which it is named.
Ballerina. This pale pink rose looks elegant in a container and does well as a border, too. Ballerina Roses can grow to seven feet high, and with its cloud like blooms it looks very nice as a hedge. They tolerate partial shade but do much better in full sunlight. This hardy rose can survive in temperatures down to fifteen degrees, not that you’ll ever see that in Houston, Texas.
Marie Daley, This pretty pink rose is a “Texas Superstar” and looks very nice in a hedge or container. This hardy rose has a lovely scent, and can survive all the way down to cold of fifteen degrees. The Marie Daley can grow to be three feet tall, and also looks well in a border for your Houston, Texas garden.
You can purchase these roses at the following Houston, Texas nurseries: Buchanan’s Native Plants, Cornelius Nurseries Inc., Newton Wholesale Nursery, and Plants for All Seasons.