My shelf of unread gardening books from the library is getting too big, so I plucked one at random and read through it this afternoon. Schneider is clearly knowledgeable and very helpful, especially if you garden in Zone 5 (which I don’t). But he does pay attention to how drought-proof roses are as well as other attributes that help you to choose the right rose. I’ve made note of three: Belle Story, 4×4;
Mary Rose, a four-foot drought-tolerant variety;
and Queen Mother, a container rose that tolerates partial shade (front steps?).
The idea is to place a small rose in the new front garden bed, but I also like the idea of putting the Queen Mother by the front door. Will I follow through? Only time will tell…
Dad the Anglophile would approve of a rose called Queen Mother.