Most roses need at least six hours of direct sunlight to flourish, so many gardeners wouldn’t even think of planting roses in their Houston, Texas shade garden. And while it is true that there is no rose (that I know of) that will grow without at least a little sunlight, there are some roses you can plant that will bloom beautifully in partial shade. If you would like to plant a few roses in your Houston, Texas shade garden, try some of the beautiful plants below. Just remember to ensure they get a little sunlight so you can enjoy their gorgeous flowers.
Ballerina Rose. If you enjoy blush roses, you should try planting this hard to kill rose in your Houston, Texas shade garden. These pale pink flowers do well in partial shade, and will grow to be between five and seven feet tall. Expect blooms from early spring through the fall in your garden. This hardy rose not only does well in the shade but can tolerate cold temperatures down to five degrees (unlikely in Houston, Texas.) Be sure to plant it in well-drained soil.
Iceberg Rose. Another good shrub for a shade garden, it will bloom with gorgeous double white flowers from spring through the first frost. These roses have a wonderful fragrance, and as the weather cools the flowers may take on a beautiful pink tinge. Plant them in your Houston, Texas shade garden in early spring (February) or in the fall.
Sea Foam Rose. This is one of the easiest roses to grow in your Houston, Texas shade garden. The Sea Foam Rose is drought tolerant, disease and pest resistant, and can tolerate temperatures down to fifteen degrees (unlikely in Houston, Texas.) It will bloom with white double flowers from spring through the fall in your garden, and can also be trained to be a climber (nice if you have a trellis in your shade garden.) Otherwise it will grow to be from six to almost ten feet tall. This is one tough rose, so if you tend to be a neglectful gardener, definitely try your luck with this beautiful flower.
Knock Out Rose. If you would enjoy a cherry colored rose that blooms almost continually, this is a good choice for your Houston, Texas shade garden. Knock Out Roses are disease resistant, drought tolerant, and don’t mind the Houston, Texas winter a bit. They will blossom from spring through the fall in your shade garden, and do best when they have good drainage. Plant them in early February or during the fall, and expect heights of up to four feet.
New Dawn. This rose has very pretty pink flowers, with a color that is somewhere between white and pale pink. Plant this climbing rose on your trellis or on the rock wall of your Houston, Texas shade garden, and enjoy its lovely flowers from spring through the first frost. This hardy plant will survive the Houston, Texas winter without damage, and does best in soil with good drainage.