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 varieties will thrive in their area.
Now a new book from William Welch, Antique Roses for South (Taylor Publishing, 2004; $29.95), helps southern gardeners decide which antique roses to buy. Welch combines his horticultural knowledge as a professor at Texas A & M University with his lifelong 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 lists more than 100 antique roses, sorted by class, with sources for each. Welch includes lists for the rose varieties that are easiest to propagate, most disease resistant, and most fragrant.
For more on Antique Roses for the South, visit the Taylor Publishing Web site.