A reflecting climbing rose in a desert landscape.
A potted rose in a desert garden.

Spring is such a great time to enjoy our gardens. Each year, I am blown away by the roses I see in the desert—and this spring is no exception!

People who move to our challenging desert climate often remark that they cannot grow roses here, because it is too hot. Well, you can, and we do!

Above is a picture of a climbing rose on the west side of a pool. As the sun moves to the west, the base of the plant is shaded by the wall, cooling the roots and much of the plant. During the hot summer months, the rose will bloom less often, and the blossoms will lose some of their vibrancy, but the plant will survive—as long as it has plenty of water.

Roses do great in pots, too! They will not get as big, but the same principles described above apply. Try to give them some afternoon shade, and be sure they are watered deeply and regularly. Do not let them dry out.

This rose bush to the right has been in this pot for five years. The variety is outrageous, and it was not grafted on a more-desert-friendly root stock, so it stays small in stature, but it lives up to its name, as all it wants to do is bloom!

For instructions on how to prepare your rose gardens for the upcoming increase desert heat, check out next week’s column.

Marylee is the Desert’s Potted Garden Expert. Email her with comments or questions at potteddesert@gmail.com.