Western Mountains and High Plains
Roses for Tough Climates
Roses are a favorite landscape plant for many, but they can be temperamental in our severe climate. Tender Roses for Tough Climates by Douglas Green (Chapters Publishing, 1999; $20) describes an innovative method of growing roses. Green has developed made-for-the- North techniques that will encourage any rose to grow without hilling or extra winter protection. The secret is his "deep planting method." This book contains how-to information on soil preparation, feeding, and pruning. You'll also find a chapter on pests and disease control. This is a good source to begin your quest to grow great roses.
Favorite or New Plant
Harrison's Yellow Rose
If you've always thought you couldn't grow roses during a time of drought, think again. One of my favorites is the old-fashioned Harison's Yellow Rose (Rosa x harisonii). It came west with the pioneers and will adapt from the high plains to the high country of the Rocky Mountain region. Harison's Yellow has very fragrant, bright yellow, semi-double blooms covering a handsome arching bush in late spring. It is very drought resistant.