|Rosa 'Louis Philippe'|
Old Garden Rose/Antique/China Garden Rose also known as 'Cracker Rose'
Ever notice how some plants in your Florida garden perk up when the temperatures quiet down a bit from summer's intense heat? They are the plants that perform 'well enough' throughout the year to call them year-round bloomers. But when the night hours last longer coupled with slightly cooler temperatures those plants come alive with renewed vigor.
|'Louis Philippe' requires no pruning or deadheading to re-bloom. Although, like all plants, pruning spent flowers will encourage a faster rate of growth. They are cold hardy and evergreen in a Florida garden.|
|'Louis Philippe' makes a lush covering for a fence in my back garden. This is one 3 gallon plant ~ it is 3 years old. It is not pruned anymore because I can't reach its height of 10+ feet.|
Have you ever tried to grow modern roses or hybrid tea roses in Florida? It's likely you've been extremely frustrated with disease, black spot and general decline after a year or possibly two of enjoyment from those bushes. Frequent demand for sprays, fertilizers and pruning will make a gardener feel like it's a losing battle with this type of high-maintenance roses. Why not work with the conditions in our gardens rather than fight them?
I'm not very diligent to fertilize like I once was. But when I do fertilize, I use organic matter such as blood meal, bone meal, compost or seabird guano. All my roses are pesticide and chemical free.
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You can find 'Louis Philippe' for sale at:
Duncheon's Garden Center in Lank O' Lakes.
Florida Native Nursery in Sarasota
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