It’s July! Show Us Your Bloomers!

July in the Rose Garden

July in the Rose Garden

The heat of summer as arrived in Alabama. Temps are climbing into the nineties every day now. Some of our roses will go into a  dormant state at this time of year and some varieties just bloom their hearts out. This post is dedicated to the bloomers of July.

Red Drift – Star Roses & Plants

Red Drift is ablaze with color around our mailbox this week. This rose never fails to please and is the topic of conversation to many who pass by.

Caldwell Pink – Polyantha

Caldwell Pink is in her second flush of blooms this week. I just love the button center on this rose.

Peach Drift – Star Roses & Plants

Don’t you just love the color of this rose? When Peach Drift blooms, she really puts on a show. A low grower, we planted this rose in a row of three beneath two tall crepe myrtles and they are ablaze with color this week.


Water Colors Home Run – Weeks Roses

First year in our garden and Water Colors Home Run is proving to be an excellent bloomer! Love the variation of color on the bloom and the contrast to the stamen. A very showy shrub.

Despite the heat, these roses seem to thrive. All of the varieties mentioned in this post are disease resistant and require no special care other than a haircut, water and some fertilizer.

Here’e to the bloomers of July! What’s blooming in your garden this month?



About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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7 Responses to It’s July! Show Us Your Bloomers!

  1. My favoutite is definitely Water Color Home Run. My James Galway and Pilgrim are still looking great despite LOTS of rain. They are both from David Austin.

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  2. soflrose says:

    My Scepter D’Isle is blooming like mad as well as Charlotte and Pat Austin. Evelyn is also pumping out the blooms. Of my HT’s Dick Clark is always in bloom and even more so this time of year. Easy Does It usually saves her best flush for July as well. Mrs. BR Cant and Pope John Paul are also performing very well and Abe Darby is covered in buds 🙂

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  3. soflrose says:

    All of my drift roses are doing well. Sweet Drift, Apricot Drift, Peach Drift, Pink Drift, Red Drift and Coral Drift (this one is really adding color to the garden) are always in bloom and are some of the best little roses in my garden. They grow well even in un-amended soil in my sandy South Florida garden, its really quite remarkable.

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  4. Rupali says:

    Beautiful garden.


  5. Beautywhizz says:

    Beautiful roses.

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