In the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you that I water my rose gardens using a drip irrigation system ... but not too much. It's meant to be Mother Nature's emergency back-up plan. I run the system once a week, letting it drip at the base of each rose for a few hours to gradually hydrate the soil directly underneath each rose.
Mrs. John Laing
Flowers on roses in the heat of summer can be much smaller than those produced in cooler times of the year. Others produce fewer petals and have a more open bloom form.
As usual, the best blooming roses in the garden right now are the Chinas and Teas. They love the hot weather, and they produce flowers continuously all summer.
Comtesse Riza du Parc
The Polyanthas (a tough, work-horse class of roses) are also blooming full force. These roses will be some of the last to finish the season in November.
Gartendirektor Otto Linne
Though the Dog Days of summer aren't the best time to be in the rose garden, it's nice to know that there's still beauty to be found.
(written by Hartwood Roses. Hartwood Roses blog.)