The Q&A Archives: Rose Substitution

Question: I have limited time to care for my roses. Can you recomend some plants to substitute for roses. Something that doesn't need quite as much care. I would love something that blossoms sometime. Thank you

Answer: You're absolutely correct - roses need lots of TLC to thrive and perform well. If you don't have the time to feed, prune and water all season long, roses will probably be a disappointment in your landscape. Some sun-loving substitutes include the shrubs Rhaphiolepis indica, Pittosporum tobira, Feijoa, Escallonia, Leptospermum, and Nerium. All produce seasonal bloom. They'll need to be watered regularly during the hottest months of the year, but other than that are relatively maintenance-free.

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