By Karen Fraizer
I know it’s hard to believe with this mid-March snow and cold upon us, but it is time to think about roses. Right now, the Kingwood roses are thankfully still covered with mulch for winter protection. We usually have the mulch cleaned out and the spring pruning done before April 1st.
This is a spring picture from a couple years ago, right after the mulch has been cleaned out and the roses pruned back. Look at how short the roses are, it’s apparent that the winter die back in this picture is a lot worse than what I am expecting this year. Over-all we have had a fairly mild winter season.
The last couple years we have been working on integrating annuals into the rose garden, for added seasonal interest. We added eight small annual beds within the roses, as well as adding an array of climbing vines and hanging baskets. This punch of color really catches your attention.
This lovely pink shrub rose is called Sunrise Sunset. This is one of two varieties we have from a breeder named Ping. Both are very disease and insect resistant, calling for little maintenance. This spring we are planning on adding a number of new varieties from the Easy Elegance line of roses, hoping for the same hardy nature of our current two.