We are about 6 weeks early this year………..just learned that we have moved from “growth zone 7B to 8A”! Our annual temperatures are rising. We can now grow many plants that in the past we couldn’t because of the cold winters! Some hibiscus plants have come back the next summer as well as some vines that used to die down and not reappear the next year!
ROSES! YES! Newer varieties from growers such as Week’s Roses and others are now more disease and temperature tolerant (both hot and cold)!
AND YES cut your roses back to 8-10 inches EVERY year. My 2 year experiment with not cutting them back that far has shown me the VERY reason most rose growers recommnend it! IF YOU DON’T THE STEMS WILL PRODUCE BUDS AND FLOWERS THAT WILL FALL OVER ONTO THE GROUND WITH THE FIRST GOOD RAIN!
I’m trying something new this year: Adding plants that are heat and drought and deer resistant!!!! With our weather changes and with less water by rain it is becoming impossible to water everything……………..so stay tuned, I’ll be bringing you up to date on the success of this new adventure!