"Roses for Dummies" author Lance Walheim surveyed members of the Sacramento Rose Society and the Sierra Foothill Rose Society to get their answer to the question: What are the best roses for the Sacramento Area? These rose varieties should also do well in other climates with hot, dry summers in areas of low-to-mid humidity. The results:
"Sally Holmes". This white ﬂowered is a shrubby climber...or a climbing shrub, with masses of ﬂowers that look great along a fence line.
"Moonstone". A hybrid tea rose featuring white petals with pink edges. Huge blooms for both garden display and as a cut ﬂower.
"Gemini". Pink blend hybrid tea rose. A fragrant, disease resistant rose with gorgeous coral and white blooms.
"Secret". A hybrid tea rose that is a great cut ﬂower and smells wonderful. "Secret" combines form, fragrance and quick repeating pink blend blooms.
"Grand Prize". This ﬂoribunda rose features a creamy white ﬂower with a hint of pink and yellow. Makes a great border hedge.
“St. Patrick". True to the implication of its Irish name, this hybrid tea rose blooms with yellow-green colored ﬂowers.
“Day Breaker". A short, ﬂoribunda bush-type rose, it is covered with unique peachy-yellow-orange ﬂowers during our long growing season.
“Let Freedom Ring". A tall hybrid tea rose with long-stemmed, fragrant pinkish-red blossoms.
“Veterans Honor". Gorgeous red blooms on this hybrid tea rose. Long lasting ﬂowers, both on the bush or in a vase.
“Playboy". A reddish blend ﬂoribunda rose. Shiny foliage. The red blend blooms start off as yellow in the cooler weather, becoming more reddish-yellow with the heat of summer.
Other roses to look for now that placed high among local rosarians' recommendations included "Abraham Darby", "Berries 'n' Cream", "Lavaglut", "Crimson Bouquet", "Iceberg" (pictured at top of page - my favorite), "White Meidiland", "Flower Girl", "Black Magic", "Fourth of July" and "Altissimo".