Q: My husband and I are contemplating a move to St. Mary’s from Lake Pontchartrain. Although roses will grow here, they don’t thrive. How do roses do in coastal Georgia?
A: Roses grow very well in south Georgia, as long as you pick the right ones. Sandy soil, heat, humidity, and soil nematodes sap the strength of roses that are not suited for the climate. Roses for the coast are usually grafted onto a ‘Fortuniana’ rose rootstock because this rose has a vigorous, nematode-resistant root system. I’ve put together a list of good roses for the South at (BROKEN) Roses – Varieties for the South