ROSE GARDEN

Formal rose beds have been a feature in Hermann Park since the earliest plans were made for the Houston Garden Center in the late 1930’s. These re-designed rose beds feature a broad range of antique roses: found garden roses, polyanthas, Chinas, Bourbons, teas, climbers, and roses which have received the coveted ‘Earth-kind’ designation. Earth-kind roses, tested by the Texas AgriLife Extension service, have demonstrated superior pest tolerance along with outstanding landscape performance and reduced maintenance.

Would you like to name a garden? Donation opportunities are available. Contact mmiller@hermannpark.org or call 713-524-5876 ext. 339 for information.  


List of Plants 

1. Old Blush China Rose (Rosa chinensis 'Old Bush') 

This semi-evergreen rose comes from China, and from spring to fall, it blooms pink to light red flowers and pale yellow flowers with yellow stripes and small blue petals in mid spring. Attracts bees and butterflies

Light: Full sun

Size: 5’ tall; 3 - 4’ wide

Water: Moderate

Special Cultural Requirements: Keep an eye out for thrips, Japanese beetles, rose slugs, and leaf hoppers. Requires fertile, humus-rich, moist well-drained soil.


2. Earthkind Rose-Reve d'Or (Rosa 'Reve d'Or)

This semi-evergreen shrub comes from France and blooms medium yellow flowers with excessive flushes in from spring to fall. Attracts bees and butterflies.

Light: Full sun

Size: 10 - 18’ tall; 8’ wide

Water: Keep soil moist until well established.

Special Cultural Requirements: Keep an eye out for thrips, Japanese beetles, rose slugs and leaf hoppers. Requires fertile, humus-rich, moist well-drained soil.


3. Rosmarinus officinalis 'Barbeque' (Dietes grandiflora)

This evergreen shrub comes from the Mediterranean and was once used to prevent balding as a hair conditioner. Leaves are said to prevent forgetfulness and quicken the mind when consumed.

Light: Full sun - partial shade

Size: 4 - 5’ tall; 2 - 3’ wide

Water: Moderate

Special Cultural Requirements: Remove spent foliage by clipping and divide the clumps to thin and propagate the plant.

 
4. Bourbon Rose-Souvenier de la Malmaison (Rosa 'Souvenir de la Malmaison')

This semi-evergreen shrub comes from France and blooms pink and white roses in the spring. Attracts bees, birds, and butterflies.

Light: Full sun - partial shade

Size: 1 - 3’ tall; 1 - 3’wide

Water: Moderate

Special Cultural Requirements: Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth.