Have you ever flipped through a garden book only to find yourself ooing and ahing over every single page? That’s exactly how it was for me when I opened Roses in the Southern Garden by G. Michael Shoup. From the first page to the last I was overcome with the beautiful photographs of old fashioned roses growing in gardens of the deep south. Now I’m not talkin’ about hybrid teas here. Those are the ones for years wouldn’t do right and often died in folks’ gardens. This book features roses that will grow in our heat and humidity and are utterly beautiful. Southerners, have hope! There are indeed roses we can grow without sprays that will survive in our weather.
It’s not just pretty pictures either. Author Michael Shoup has been growing roses for years. He’s the owner of The Antique Rose Emporium in San Antonio, Texas where it’s pretty darn hot! He provides lots of information about the kinds of roses that do well for use here. I’ve ordered roses from The Antique Rose Emporium, including my namesake, the ‘Felicia’ rose. I’d never ordered roses through the mail before and I was amazed when they showed up in pretty big pots. No bare root for them! Which reminds me, I need to put in an order lickity split so I can get them into the ground before our heat wave. Here's a little bonus video of Michael Shoup talking about easy care on the Central Texas Gardener TV show:
Sorry to say there are only a few copies of this book available at public libraries in Georgia. But your librarian will help you order a copy or you can do it yourself online here. Those outside of Georgia can click here to see which libraries near you have it. (hint: type in your zip code so you can find the closest library that has it). Enjoy!