Plant Guides for the Southeast Region

A Guide to Choosing Roses

These Plant Guides for the Southeast Region include the following states; Alabama,Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Eastern Texas

Hardiness zones 5-10

From the Southwestern Desserts to Sunny California, this region has plenty of sunshine, but little rain.

This warm climate offers lots of choices. You have a tremendous selection available to you!  Many varieties do extremely well here.

Good watering maintenance is crucial. So is amending the soil with plenty of organic matter. The Dessert area is known for its extreme temperature swings. Frosts are rare, but summer temperatures can soar to over 100 degrees!

Suggested Varieties include;

  • Old Garden Roses
  • Shrub Roses
  • Earth-kind Roses
  • Hybrid Teas (choose wisely)

Some Tips for This Region...

Roses bloom year round in Southern California. Rose gardeners in the area, suggest buying your bare root plants in Nov., Dec., or Jan., planting them in 5 gallon pots, and then transplanting in the ground in Sept.

  • Heat tolerant roses are a must!
  • If you plant grafted varieties, choose ones grafted on to Rosa fortuniana,(it is resistant to root-knot nematods)
  • Give them plenty of room, as they can get quite large.
  • Give extra attention to pruning and fertilizing at the end of August- early September. (Your best blooms can be in November and December)
  • Raised bed planting is highly recommended.
  • Rust is a problem for both coastal and inland gardens
  • Heat tolerant roses are a must!
  • Roses bloom year round in Southern California. Rose gardeners in the area, suggest buying your bare root plants in Nov., Dec., or Jan., planting them in 5 gallon pots, and then transplanting in the ground in Sept.

Plant Guides for the Southeast Region
Some Suggested Roses ..

Julia Child

julia child rose

Julia Child- A sunny Yellow Floribunda is always in bloom!

Sheilas Perfume

sheilas perfume rose

Sheilas Perfume- As the name suggests-It is very fragrant!

Knockout Roses

knockout roses

The Knockout roses-any in the series- do well.

Information for Florida Gardeners...

Although the beautiful Hybrid Teas do wonderful in this area, you should only grow them if you are a Devoted rose gardener, willing to spray and fuss with them.

Shrub roses do well with less care. They bloom from April til February.

One problem gardeners in Florida have to deal with is root-knot nematodes. They infest the plant roots, killing them. Grafted rootstock, that are resistant to nematodes are a must. Own root roses,will usually die after one season from nematodes.

Because of the long growing season, lots of sunshine, and generous rainfall,the roses tend to get very big. Keep this in mind when planting, and give them plenty of room!

High temperatures quickly exhaust the bushes, so supplemental watering is essential.

Mulching is also very important!

Be sure to read this page: Rose Gardening in Hot Climates  for lots more tips!

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