Talkin’ Dirt with Kathy Mid-Summer Dirt

In my last regular edition of Talkin Dirt, I promised to discuss roses in the next issue.  Since I did a “travel edition” last month, I am finally going to discuss roses in this issue.

Roses can certainly be rewarding, but for the most part do require constant attention which means work!  If you like the idea of having roses but yet don’t have the time to devote to spraying, clipping and worrying, then you may want to try EARTH-KIND roses.  Earth-kind roses are very self-sufficient plants requiring no fertilizing, spraying, deadheading or pruning except to remove dead wood.

Earth-Kind landscaping in general means you can have a beautiful landscape and be kind to the environment by adopting an Earth-Kind philosophy.  Introduced by the Texas Agrilife Extension Service, Earth-kind’s goal is to help gardeners create easy-care landscapes, while preserving and conserving natural resources and the environment.

Texas A&M University  initiated the Earth-kind rose program about 15 years ago.  One of the initial goals was to locate the best “yellow rose of Texas” but now it includes the goal of testing and recommending rose varieties for low-maintenance landscapes.  This procedure includes evaluation of old garden and modern rose cultivars, particularly those belong to the shrub category.  Through these trials, they have come up with a group of roses that will thrive almost anywhere with little care.  These evaluations have continued and new roses are added each year, so don’t be disheartened if the list seems short.  I’m not, by any means, suggesting that the only kind of roses to grow are the Earthkind type, but it’s a great place to start if you have been jaded by fussy, less-hardy roses.


One of the major rose evaluation projects under way at the LSU AgCenter is participating in evaluation of Earth-Kind roses and varieties that are candidates for this program.There were eleven original Earth-Kind rose varieties:  Belinda’s Dream, Caldwell Pink, Carefree Beauty (also called Katy Road Pink), Climbing Pinkie, Else Poulsen, Knock Out, Marie Daly, Mutabilis, Perle d’Or, SeaFoam and The Fairy.  In the initial evaluation process conducted in Texas, these were the best-performing.  In 2006, Spice and Duchesse De Brabant were added, and in 2007, Ducher and Georgetown Tea joined the list.

Two new Earth-Kind roses continue to be added to the list each year.  More recent Earth-Kind rose varieties are:


2008-Madame Antoine Mari and New Dawn

2010 – Cecile Brunner and Reve d’Or

2009 – La Mame and Souvenir de St. Anne’s

2011 – Mrs. Dudley Cross and Monsieur Tillier.

These rose varieties may have limited availability in Louisiana, but some can be found at independent retail garden centers around the state.  Otherwise, another good source for Earth-Kind roses is the Antique Rose Emporium and there website is  They ship from September through May.

I plan to write again within the next few weeks and will feature my favorite plants for mid- summer bloom, a mid-summer checklist and some information of what bulbs we need to be ordering now for spring bloom!

Until next time, try and stay cool!


Kathy VanVeckhoven, Realtor
(318) 388-0941
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