Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Shady Roses Now Appearing at Nurseries

   Here in California, bare root roses are filling the shelves at area nurseries and garden centers. Most of the roses you may be contemplating need more than six hours of direct sunlight a day to bloom well. 

What's a rose-loving gardener to do with a backyard that has more shade than sun? You can grow that!

     According to Sacramento-based Consulting Rosarian Pam Myczek of the American Rose Society, you may be in luck. She has compiled a list of roses that may be successful in a planting area that gets only four to six hours of sun each day.

As always, all gardening is local. Although these roses will succeed in the Central Valley, Foothills and warmer parts of the Bay Area of Northern California, your luck may vary.  Look for these shade-tolerant varieties on your shopping trips:
White roses

Gourmet Popcorn


Sally Holmes

Madame Hardy
Sea Foam
Apricot-colored roses


Buff Beauty
Orange-blend roses

Just Joey 

Bill Warriner

Touch of Class

Victoria Park
Mauve roses

Angel Face

Lavender Lassie
Red roses:

Asso di Cuori

Mr. Lincoln


Pink roses


Baby Grand

Miss Ada

Savoy Hotel
Cape Cod 
Flower Girl
Yellow roses


Gold Medal

St. Patrick



Graham Thomas

Valley rosarian Lance Walheim, author of the books, "Roses for Dummies" and "The Natural Rose Gardener" recommends these hybrid tea roses for light shade gardens: 

Brandy (apricot/orange)

Garden Party (creamy white with a hint of pink)

Voodoo (peach/yellow)


Swarthmore (red)

In our own garden, three hybrid tea roses - 

Pink Peace

Fragrant Cloud


- are doing well on the north side of the house, where they get primarily early morning and late afternoon sun.

For more of Myczek's "shady roses" selections, visit this link. Thanks to Baldo Villegas and the SRS for use of many of these photos.

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