roses

Mark Claesgens

Rose bushes generally don't look their best this time of year.

Heat takes its toll.   

  

Apricot Drift rose.
Allen Owings

Most roses are not especially happy in the extreme heat of mid-to-late summer. And, come to think of it, neither are most gardeners. But pruning some roses is something you might want to consider this time of year. 


Drift Apricot rose blossom
LSU AgCenter

Early February is an excellent time to prune repeat-flowering roses.


A rose after the rain in Boutte, La.
praline3001 / Flickr

Likely, there's no better loved flower than the rose. If you're thinking of planting some, now is a great time to do it.