Musk Roses and Black Flowers

I’m in love with a ballerina. A ‘Ballerina’ rose, that is. ‘Ballerina’ is a hybrid musk rose and hybrid musks, for reasons beyond comprehension, are seldom seen in the nursery trade. Hybrid musks are...

Roses, Cocoa Mulch, and Turmeric

In response to a query posed in a recent column regarding favorite rose varieties and their care, I received the following response from Scott Corwin, who gardens in Glendora, and whose roses were bl...

The Decline of Roses

As Valentine’s Day approaches, roses should definitely be on the mind of you and me. Or maybe not. Roses are not what it used to be.  In 1990, there were 50 million field grown roses in the United St...

Jerusalem Roses

There was a time in Jerusalem when, with the notable exception of roses, cultivation of plants was forbidden.  2000 years ago, when the Holy Temple still stood within Jerusalem’s walls, no gardens co...

Drought Tolerant Roses

There appears to be a deep-seated prejudice among drought tolerant plant advocates and it’s about time that this prejudice was exposed for all the world to see.  I am talking a prejudice against rose...

Epsom Salts are Good for your Roses

“I have five rose bushes that I planted approximately seven years ago. The soil is hard clay and, before planting, I dug out holes 2 inches deep and 2 inches wide for each rose bush. I used a m...

Rest a While in Descanso Rosarium

Gardens are luxury items. To properly care for a garden, you need either leisure time or the means to hire someone to look after it for you. Some people see their garden as nothing more than work and...

Planting in Full Sun

There is no bigger challenge for Valley gardeners than planting in areas that get all-day sun. Such a garden faces south and has no overhead trees to provide any kind of shady relief from hot tempera...

Growing Roses in Las Vegas

I recently visited a friend in Las Vegas, Jonathan Daniels, who has become obsessed with gardening. “When I first decided to plant,” Daniels said, “I spent many long hours with pick...