Earth-Kind Roses provides information on roses that have been chosen based on their performance in research trials with a special focus on disease resistance and ability to tolerate the hot southern climate. It is a great resource for selecting a rose for your landscape that won't require pampering to keep it alive and productive.
Favorite or New Plant
Mexican Mint Marigold
A relative of our garden marigolds, Mexican mint marigold (Tagetes lucida) is both a culinary herb and a beautiful fall flowering plant. It returns each year to form a mounded plant 2 to 3 feet tall. In fall the plant is covered with a multitude of small, yellow, single blooms about 1/2 inches across. Plant it in a well-drained soil with full sun for best results. The leaves have distinctive, pleasing anise-like scent (similar to those black jelly beans!). They are used in herbal teas and as a substitute for tarragon in herbal vinegars, salad dressings, and sauces.