Western Mountains and High Plains
If your desire is to grow the hardiest of roses, consider the "rugosa" types. They are tough, winter hardy, heat tolerant and adapted to a wide range of soils.
Rosa Rugosa, by Suzanne Verrier (Capability Books, 1991; $20), is a rose book I recommend to both new and experienced gardeners who don't want to fuss with a lot of maintenance. Read about rugosa roses and you're sure to find some varieties that will fit your garden style.
Clever Gardening Technique
Homemade Slug Bait
They're back! Slimy slugs are busy devouring young, tender foliage.
They hide during the day, but make sneak attacks at dusk, stripping foliage. Here's an environmentally friendly recipe to attract and trap slugs.
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon raw sugar
1/4 teaspoon yeast
Dissolve the raw sugar in water and add the yeast, stirring until thoroughly blended. Put this liquid bait in shallow containers, such as empty tuna cans or yogurt cups. Bury the containers in the ground to their rims. The slugs can't resist and will climb in and drown. Discard slug bounty daily and add new bait as needed.