The Q&A Archives: New to Tucson Arizona

Question: What kind of roses grow in tucson? I used to have a climbing one in Minnesota. I loved it was very nice. Anything close to climbing rose bush? What do you recommed for fall box garden? I want to attract birds, butterflies. When do birds use bird baths?I got one has flowing water but seems like no birds use it. All I have seen is hummingbirds. Thanks

Answer: The most reliable climbing rose in the southwest desert is the Lady Bank's rose. It blooms prolifically in June and sporadically the rest of the season. There's one in Tombstone that reportedly covers 8000 square feet! You can purchase slips of this rose in the summertime if you visit Tombstone. Or, you can find 5-gallon pots of Lady Bank's roses in most garden centers. As for a box garden, salvia, lavender, rosemary, dwarf bottle brush, and lantana are all good choices. You'll find lots of annuals in the garden center now, including petunias, geraniums, vinca and pansies. As for your birdbath, most native birds are adapted to desert living and only occasionally will visit a birdbath but the migrating birds will flock to it so you'll see lots of activity in the fall and winter months. Enjoy your new garden!

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