Low Growing Roses

Wing-Ding

Wing-Ding

Q
I have two 4′ x 4′ flower beds in my front yard by the street exposed to the full sun in Mesa all day. I have hybrid tea roses all along the front of the house and would love to put low-growing roses in those front beds. I have researched the best roses for Arizona listed on your website, but don’t feel I have enough information to know if any rose bush will look beautiful in all-day sun here. Should I even try? Any particular suggestions (yellow or orange or blends would be preferred)?

A
I have several suggestions for smaller roses. There are some low growing landscape roses that do very well here in full sun. One is Sweet Drift, although it is pink.

There is also a rose called Home Run that blooms continually. It grows between 3-4 feet. It is a beautiful red and has five petals. Wing-Ding, a polyantha, is bright red and has clusters of blooms. It’s always in bloom. It grows about 2 feet tall.

Yabba Dabba Doo, a small growing shrub, has bright orange-pink blooms that have a nice yellow eye. It grows to around 2 feet. Sunrise Vigorosa is a low spreading shrub rose with a gorgeous luminous yellow. It blooms in large clusters and is also a continuous bloomer.

You can find several miniature roses that do well in the sun. Miniatures tend to grow 18″ to 2 feet.

All a’Twitter is a brilliant orange. Coffee Bean is a chocolate orange mini that is just beautiful. Rainbow’s End is a yellow/orange blend, also very pretty. Smoke Rings is a very nice melon orange with a smoky purple edge. All of these do well in the sun and can be found locally.

I hope this helps you make a decision. If not, let me know and I will try to get you some more information.

We are working on a new list of roses that do well here and it will be on our web site shortly.

-Marylou Coffman, ARS Judge, Vice Chairman of PSWD, and Consulting Rosarian