Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

April, 2001
Regional Report


Antique Roses for the South
Antique Roses for the South, by William C. Welch (Taylor, 1990; $30), contains a wealth of information on selecting and growing antique roses for our unique southern soils and climates. Dr. Welch, a national authority on antique roses, brings years of experience to novice and experienced roses gardeners in this reader-friendly guide. Learn about the best antique rose varieties, how to grow them, and even how to use them in arrangements or to make potpourri. Antique Roses for the South is one of those rare books suitable for introducing beginners, sharpening the knowledge of the experienced, and even inspiring houseguests as an appealing coffee table book.

Favorite or New Plant

'Old Blush' Rose
Looking for a rose that will make a great, no-fuss landscape shrub, bloom repeatedly throughout the season, and resist diseases? Look no further. 'Old Blush', a China-type old-fashioned rose, dates back to 1752 and is among the most commonly grown antique roses in our area. The bush grows to approximately 5 feet tall and wide. It blooms best in full sun but will tolerate a little shade.

'Old Blush' was the favorite of pioneers because it was tough, bloomed freely, and easily rooted from cuttings. Its semi-double, lilac-pink colored flowers offer a light fragrance and appear in loose clusters. In full sun the flowers flush to a darker pink color.


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