Antique Roses for the South

By Charlie Nardozzi

Antique roses continue to be the rage across the United States. However, most information on the best varieties to grow is geared towards gardeners in cooler climates such as England. Gardeners in the South often have to learn by trial and error which antique rose varieties will thrive in their area.

Now a new book from William Welch, Antique Roses for South (Taylor Publishing, 2004), helps Southern gardeners decide which antique roses to buy. Welch combines his horticultural knowledge as a professor at Texas A & M University with his life long passion for growing roses. His book covers the history of antique roses, tips on growing them, and a special section on rose crafts. The main body consists of more than 100 antique roses sorted by class and sources for each. Welch adds lists for the rose varieties that are easiest to propagate, most disease resistant, and most fragrant.

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