Antique Roses for the South
Antique Roses for the South, by William C. Welch (Taylor, 1990; $30), is a wealth of information on selecting and growing antique roses for our unique southern soils and climates. The author is a nationally renowned authority on antique roses, and he brings years of experience to novice and experienced roses gardeners in this reader-friendly guide. Learn about the best antique rose varieties, how to grow them, and even how to use them in arrangements or to make potpourri. The book is one of those rare ones suitable for introducing beginners, sharpening the knowledge of the experienced, and even wowing houseguests as an attractive coffee table book.
Favorite or New Plant
Dahlberg daisy (Dyssodia tenuiloba) is a graceful plant with a wisp of airy foliage and a multitude of small yellow blooms. It works well massed in a planting bed, and is especially useful trailing over the edge of a container. This annual flower loves sun but will tolerate a little shade. Give it good drainage and it will keep going from spring to fall.