Roses forum: favorite roses for hot zone 8

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harperart
Mar 11, 2018 5:41 PM CST
I am growing a shrub rose called Belinda's Dream in zone 8a, Montgomery, AL. It is a lovely shaped pink rose with a nice medium fragrance. It performs spectacularly in our hot humid summers, although it is at its best in Spring and Fall. I also am growing a lovely old ruffled cup shaped delicate pink rose called Heritage, that may or may not be a shrub rose. Mr. Lincoln, a dark red, really fragrant rose has been a favorite of mine for nearly 30 years, although I now only grow him in a large pot. Music box is on its second year but performed really well its first year with smallish yellow/pink blooms and a fragrance.
I mostly grow roses now, after growing them for over 40 years, that have a fragrance and have grown many of the older hybrid tea roses that work in our part of the South. I also use ground cover roses and knockout roses for hedges and large statements. Later in the season I hope to upload some images of my roses. I have 3 Kordes roses, a new Dick Clark rose, and the old and sweet Cecile Brunner. I flood my kitchen with cut roses as soon as they start blooming.
Anyone else grow roses in my area? I'd love to talk roses with you. We here in the Deep South have very different growing challenges than other parts of the country.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 11, 2018 7:22 PM CST
I grow roses in Texas a little SW of Houston. I have found that I do best with old garden roses as I give my plants rather minimal care. In common with you I have Mr Lincoln and Cecile Brenner as well as a couple of Knockouts. The rest are large shrubs and vigorous climbers.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Mar 11, 2018 7:44 PM CST
I have Heritage. Lovey dubby It is classified as a shrub rose, makes a good shrub for me, and would be my top choice if I could only have one Rose. Smiling At one time, I had a couple dozen Roses around the yard. Over the last couple of years, though, I am mostly down to the Heritage; an Easy Does It (which is thriving); and a couple of Red Drifts and a couple of Coral Drifts. The Drifts like it here, too. Had Julia Child and it was right happy until RRD got it and I had to discard. Have a Fourth of July climber and a Black Forest that are only doing so-so. Watching them to see what happens.
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College Station,TX
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teacup754
Mar 11, 2018 8:19 PM CST
I'm down to only 6 roses, coral drift, brilliant veranda , red cascade, climbing pinkie and two unnamed miniatures. Brilliant veranda is new this year so we'll see. I found it in bloom at Antique Rose Emporium last fall and couldn't resist. My garden is small so I either need roses I can put on trellises or remain smallish. I also don't like to spray unless absolutely necessary. These have done really well for the last few years in that regard.
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Mar 12, 2018 9:08 AM CST
Welcome! to the roses forum Harperart! Hurray!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Mar 12, 2018 4:24 PM CST
Forgot I also have Lemon Fizz, a Kordes Big Grin , and Savannah--also a Kordes. Hilarious! Lemon Fizz is thriving. Savannah is doing so-so.
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Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
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Steve812
Mar 14, 2018 8:48 AM CST
When I grew roses in Austin, TX, I was very fond of Old Blush. Sun Flare did well for me. Although Ballerina suffered from black spot in its first season, once it settled in and hardened off, it seemed pretty unaffected. I planted New Dawn on the south side of the house near a downspout and it became a monster overnight.

My zone here (7b) does not quite qualify as either a warm zone or a cool one since we have cool summers, warm winters, and devastating late spring frosts. Some of these roses might work in TX. Larissa and Crocus Rose have done the best for me in terms of vigor, disease resistance, and shrubbiness. Lady of Shalott is almost as good. I'm very pleased with Europeana, South Africa, and Rainbow Sorbet. Marchioness of Londonderry may benefit from pegging, but it is a beautiful and durable plant. And I'm pleased with Madam Isaac Perriere.

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