Six Roses for Your Summer Garden

These standouts thrive in Hamptons gardens.

Rose lovers, rejoice! These six thorny beauties––from white to red, climbing to rambling, short to tall––are especially well-adapted to the East End’s sandy soil and sultry summers. Get out the gloves and the garden snips!


  • Prune roses in the early spring, when forsythia is in bloom.
  • After pruning, scratch an organic rose fertilizer such as Rose-tone into the soil and water well.
  • Fertilize repeat-blooming roses again after the first and even second bloom, but not after August.
  • From mid-September onward, do not cut the flowers; it’s time for roses to rest.
  • If aphids have alighted on new buds, wash them off with a strong stream of water from your garden hose.

The print version of this article appears with the headline: The Name of the Rose.