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Yellow Roses of Texas

So, I know you are planning on going to the Rose Society Show in November, but what can we learn about roses before then? Where can we buy a good rose? What roses are good for Southeast Texas? Are they hard to take care of? These are the most common rose questions that I see asked. These rosarians can help with the answers, but let’s get started with a little information about roses today.

According to gardener Barbara Brown of, you can successfully plant and grow roses anywhere in Texas’s six growing regions as long as you follow some guidelines. First of all since roses need at least eight hours of sun a day, the location of your roses is very important. Your beautiful roses will never be happy and show off with blooms if the site is wrong. Afternoon shade is a good idea. Planting your new baby roses near large trees or shrubs is not a good idea since these larger plants could rob your roses of soil nutrients.

Give them a chance to grow by loosening the soil down at least a foot, removing weeds, grasses and rocks. Our soil pH in East Texas is usually slightly acidic, which these gorgeous plants love. The area should drain well after a rain to keep these bloomers happy. Plant the rose bushes by digging a hole slightly larger than the rose container, then put your plant in the hole. Fill the extra space in hole with soil and pack the soil down. Water well. If in doubt about your soil pH, just take a sample down to our Jefferson County Extension Office (Texas Agri-Life) in downtown Beaumont for help in getting it tested.

The Texas Aggie Horticulture website is another great resource. Regarding roses, you can search for a section called Earth-Kind roses. This is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas Agri-Life Extension Service through the Earth-Kind landscaping program. The award is based on the results of extensive research and field trials. The title is only given to those roses showing superior pest tolerance and good landscape performance.

Earth-Kind rose cultivars are found on the Aggie website. The dwarf shrubs selected are Marie Daly, Souvenir de St. Anne’s, and The Fairy. Small shrubs selected are Caldwell Pink, Cecile Brunner and Perle d’Or. Beautiful medium shrubs chosen are Belinda’s Dream, Carefree Beauty, Ducher, Duchesse de Brabant, Else-Poulsen, Georgetown Tea, Knock Out, La Marne and Madame Antoine-Mari.

A wonderful added benefit of this website is the photo of each of these roses. You can simply click the photo and get all the details of that particular rose. The descriptive page lists year introduced, size, bloom type, cold hardiness, breeder, details of care and its history.

2017 Convention and Rose Show

I’ve put the dates of Nov. 3-5 on my calendar, and maybe you should too. The Golden Triangle Rose Society of the American Rose Society is hosting the 2017 Convention and Rose Show right here in Beaumont. Rose loving folks from all over Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana will be at the welcome reception that kicks off the convention at Tyrrell Park Garden Center Building on Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. For more information, contact (409) 882-4197 or email ddardeau [at] gt [dot] rr [dot] com. See you there!

Joette Reger is an avid gardener and prides herself on staying up-to-date on the latest gardening activities and tips.

She can be reached by e-mail at joreger [at] msn [dot] com and on Facebook at Gardengate with Joette Reger.