best roses for full sun area?

gumnebula(z9 Gilbert AZ)November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

My husband and I are building raised beds for roses in the next couple of weeks in prep for the bareroots to arrive in the nurseries Jan/Feb. I know that roses perform best with afternoon shade during our summer months here in the valley, but those prime areas have already been taken by other plantings. Our backyard faces east, however the proposed area is on the far east side of the yard and will get sun all day (it faces a golf course so there's no block wall to reflect heat, just a wrought iron fence). Eventually the citrus trees I have planted nearby will grow to provide afternoon shade, but not for the next several years. Are there any roses that can withstand full Arizona summer sun if given enough water and following the recommended 12 month rose care guide provided by ARS east valley rose society?

I've read the posts for patricialynn's request for yellow roses and am checking out those roses right now. I am partial to orange, red and yellows (blends are beautiful too). I guess I like the look of a "full" rosebush, so I like floribundas and shrubs, although I am open to any type at this time. Oh, fragrance is preferred. One last question, do you think a Don Juan climber would survive in a location like that? He sounds lovely.

I plan to visit MCC to look at their rose garden, however, I was hoping to get suggestions based on other folks experiences. Thank you for reading such a long post and providing me with ideas!


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judy_b(AZ zone 9)

Don Juan is a wonderful rose and can take most of what is dished out. I say go for it. You can plant your roses in full sun and most will do well. Summer can be a little tougher for those without shade, but they should still thrive. Most of what I have left after the Great Rose Exodus (I removed LOTS of bushes) are yellows and oranges that do get shade off and on all day, but would do OK without. Gypsy is a stand-out. Tropicana is good, Cajun Spice, Bronze Star, Sultry are some others that do well. These all make large full bushes.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2005 at 1:24PM
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Brandy is a winner for me. Once established in a couple of years.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2005 at 1:43PM
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kactuskathi(9a Goodyear)

If you have visited the West Valley just off of the 303 you will see acres of roses being raised for sale. May I suggest you visit Marbil Nursery it is between Litchfield and the 303 on Northern Ave just before the World Wildlife Zoo. They sell roses grown here which give them stamina when it comes to our Summers. Did you know there is a rose called Arizona? Give them a call and find out when their roses will be available....its worth the trip and their prices are very reasonable.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2005 at 2:18PM
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gumnebula(z9 Gilbert AZ)

Thank you all for the great rose selections so far. I've been looking at online nurseries and have seen many of these offered for sale. Sometimes it's hard to judge a rose from a pic because the colors aren't exactly right. I will call Marbil Nursery and be sure to stop by - thank you for that suggestion, KK! Still looking for more ideas...
Happy Holidays,

    Bookmark   November 24, 2005 at 6:52PM
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CissyCat(z9 AZ)

Meet Don Juan;

I'm with Judy, I love this rose!

    Bookmark   November 26, 2005 at 1:17AM
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gumnebula(z9 Gilbert AZ)

WOW - Don Juan is drop-dead gorgeous! He's definitely a winner and is one of my choices. Thanks for the pic!


    Bookmark   November 26, 2005 at 3:10PM
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