A Rose by Any Other Name…

In our Water Saver Landscape coupon program, we often include Earth-Kind roses as eligible species to include. Several coupon recipients and one or two nurseries have asked us to explain why.

All of our eligible species are intended to grow with limited discretionary supplemental water. Earth-Kind roses are perfect examples and to understand why we include Earth-Kind roses it helps to know a little bit about the concept of Earth-Kind.

Earth-Kind is a philosophy of maximizing garden and landscape enjoyment while minimizing fertilizer, pesticide and water use in the landscape. The goal of Earth-Kind landscaping is to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening and landscape principles to create a truly sustainable environment.

Using this concept, Earth-Kind roses are selected, after many field trials and much research, for their resistance to pests and the ability to grow and thrive with minimum inputs of fertilizer, pesticide and water. A team of experts intensively studies each rose cultivar before adding it to the Earth-Kind family.

SAWS shares the philosophy of minimal landscape inputs with respect to our WaterSaver Landscape Coupon program. The goal of our coupon programs is to encourage the use of plants that do not require water, fertilizer, pesticide or extensive pruning. Earth-Kind roses meet all of this and more, that’s why we include them in most every seasonal package.

All Earth-Kind roses are eligible for our coupon programs, but the following are my favorites:

Mark’s Earth-Kind® Rose Picks

Marie Daly
 – dwarf shrub

Perle d’Or
 – small shrub

Carefree Beauty
 – medium shrub

Belinda’s Dream
 – medium shrub

Georgetown Tea
 – medium shrub

 – medium shrub

Knock Out
 – medium shrub

New Dawn
 – vigorous climber

Use Earth-Kind roses often for a hardy, colorful and fragrant landscape that will please all your senses. Personally, I believe you never can have enough roses in your landscape.

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Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson was a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System before retiring. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you're likely to find him hiking San Antonio's wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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