Many southwesterners grow roses. Even this native-plant-pusher sees the dimension they add when used well: carefully placed, or designed as part of a small, special desert oasis. And some having beefy thorns is, of course, a plus :-)
Our low humidity rarely exposes roses to such issues as powdery mildew, and the high desert has numerous days in the 60-80F sweet-spot for roses and many plants, between mostly mild winters and hot summers. Roses often require less irrigation than lawns. Roses are one plant even the poorest of neighborhoods embrace; more than one place is known for their roses – Pasadena CA, Portland OR, Tyler TX included.
But roses are also incredible in the Rio Grande valley. Photos were taken over the last 10 days at the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden.
In fact, I visited here for the first time exactly a year ago, the day my old house sold – and one of the largest changes in my life was to happen – only to relocate to El Paso.
By the way, I designed some of the bones plantings at a rose garden in Albuquerque, including a number of dryland natives also in the rose family. It was with a few co-workers, while an employee of a landscape architecture firm. I posted on that – here and here.