Roses or something else?
I've got a 3X12 bed at the front of my house that faces east. It receives sun from ~7 to ~12:00 and is completely shaded by the overhanging roof for the rest of the afternoon. This year I planted peppers and herbs there before realizing that the exterior paint on my 50s home is lead based - given all of the runoff and occasional paint chips in that bed, I'd rather not plant food there again.
I was thinking of planting roses there this winter, but I know they take a lot of feeding, a lot of water, and aren't exactly desert-friendly plants. Got any other suggestions for plants that might do well in a morning sun only environment? Or does anyone want to convince me that roses are not so bad in Tucson?
Or can anyone point me to a soil testing company that won't charge me an arm and a leg to test the lead content of the soil? My peppers and herbs did *great* in this bed - I still have healthy parsley!