Texas Gardening forum: Belinda's Dream Roses - adding a xeriscape type (ie. gravel) planting bed

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Apr 9, 2017 2:28 PM CST
Can anyone offer advice about growing Belinda's Dream Rose bushes in a planting bed covered with gravel instead of organic mulch? Three bushes were planted 2 years ago in a planting bed that is not raised, although there is a slight mound at each rose bush.

There are two issues that I'd like input on:

1. From what I've read, rose bushes really thrive from having organic mulch around the base of the plant. Will the gravel have an adverse affect on the bushes? Is a perimeter of organic mulch around the base of the bushes necessary?

2. The planting bed is not raised, To add gravel, I would excavate about 6 inches around the existing mounds where the bushes are planted. I will probably need to add a french drain along one side of the planting bed to keep the area well drained, but I am not sure if this will do enough to keep the bushes dry.

I would appreciate any thoughts/advice, thanks!

location: Austin, TX
soil: predominantly clay
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Apr 9, 2017 4:18 PM CST
I don't believe organic mulch is strictly necessary, and in your climate, a raised bed may not be either. However having both makes moisture control much easier.

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