Roses for the Gulf Coast

dimitrig(SoCal z10a/21)May 22, 2011

My mother-in-law lives near Biloxi, MS. She asked me if I would have some roses shipped to her. I went to The Huntington Library and Gardens yesterday to find roses that I liked. Of course, those roses experience much different conditions than they would in Mississippi. I am not sure what rootstock is recommended for Mississippi either.

Anyway, I was hoping some of you in The South could let me know if any of the following will do well in your climate (or if they will NOT that is also good to know). They are a mix of climbers, minis, shrub roses/Austins, floribundas, and HT. All of them looked nice at The Huntington:


Wild Blue Yonder

Tuscan Sun

Pink Rosette

Edin (Pierre de Ronsard)

Frederic Mistral

Sexy Rexy

Black Baccara

School Girl


The Prince

Florence Delattre


Charles Darwin

Gertrude Jekyll

The Squire

Munstead Wood

Francis Dubreuil

Thanks for your advice!

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I can't say much for the rest of your list, but I've seen Lavaglut look fantastic here in Louisiana. The best rootstock for our area is Fortuniana, but many own-rooted roses do well too.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 12:33AM
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catsrose(VA 6)

You might order off Chamblee's, Antique Rose Emporium or Roses Unlimited lists. They are all southern dealers. Also, the American Rose Society's garden is in Shreveport, LA and you could call them and ask.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 8:15AM
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I second the idea of calling the ARS or checking out a Southern Rose Grower's catalog.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 10:37AM
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I have Sexy Rexy in my Florida garden. It is a nice rose, but humid conditions make it very blackspot susceptible. As long as she sprays, she can keep it under control.
If you are open to suggestions, Duchesse du Brabant, Souvenir de Malmaison, Mutabilis, Belinda's Dream, Louis Phillipe, Cramiosi, and White Pearl in Red Dragon's mouth are some that come to mind as doing well in the South. Pink Pet is another.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 5:59PM
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jerijen(Zone 10)

The last I heard, ARS sprayed their rose garden.
Maybe that's changed, but if they "Spray and spray and spray ..." as they told me when I was there a few years back, they may not have a good reading on what roses would be disease-free.
But Lindawisconsin has made some terrific suggestions. For others, talk to the Antique Rose Emporium, and look up the Earthkind Roses lists on the Web.
At one point, Antique Rose Emporium donated roses to Beauvoir, for a rose garden there. (You know Varena Davis was a rose-lover.) Those roses must surely have been lost in Hurricane Katrina (when Beauvoir was so badly damaged) and I wish I could recall what they had. But I'm sure they had 'Old Blush,' and I think they probably had 'Perle d'Or.' (I sure would!)


    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 6:13PM
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Give Jim Mills of K&M Nursery a call. He should be able to help a lot. Ask him about Belinda's Dream.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 12:02PM
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mgleason56(Michigan 5b)

Lisa at Countryside Roses is less than an hour from Biloxi, and right on the gulf in Pass Christian.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 1:33PM
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