How-To Grow Roses in your Texas Garden

A rose is more than just a rose. This is the best time to plant roses! Roses are one of the most popular flowers around and are known for their vast variety of styles and colors. Planting roses require minimal effort and make a maximum impact on your landscape. In this blog, you will learn about our premium selections of roses, how to plant roses, and care tips for your gardening success!

Roses are a popular choice for Texas gardens, but they do require some special care and attention to thrive in the Lone Star State. When planting roses in Texas, it’s important to select varieties that are well-suited to our warm, dry climate, such as climbing Roses or shrub Roses. The best time to plant Roses in Texas is in the fall or winter when temperatures are cooler and the soil is moist. This gives the plants time to establish their roots before the heat of summer sets in. You can plant Roses in the spring or summer, but they will require more water and mulch to ensure water retention. Once planted, roses in Texas require regular watering and fertilization, as well as protection from pests and diseases. With proper care, roses can bloom in Texas from early spring all the way through fall.

pink roses on fence




red knock out roses

Are you looking for a flowering shrub? A rose bush is the perfect choice for you! These prolific bloomers will give your garden beautiful color year after year.


Knock Out® Roses

knock out roses

Knock Out® Roses have the most flower power of any shrub on the market. They bloom longer and bloom often – more than any other flowering shrub. Knock Out® Rose varieties are tested and evaluated for several years in many different climates and growing conditions for your gardening success.

red rose

Knock Out® Roses set a new standard for disease resistance and little maintenance is required to keep your roses thriving. This rose bush is self-cleaning, black spot resistant, and drought tolerant.


Grace N’ Grit™ Roses

grace n grit roses

Grace N’ Grit™ Roses are fuss-free shrubs that were made to endure the testing conditions of our Texas summers. They thrive in heat and humidity, as well as dry and hot summers.

Available in vibrant shades like red, pink, and bi-color, these abundant blooms are disease-resistant and self-cleaning. Perfect as a colorful hedge plant or accent plant in your garden.


Petite Knock Out® Roses

petite roses

Check out the first-ever mini Knock Out® Rose collection! Petite Knock Out® Roses pack the same flowery punch and easy care as a Knock Out® Rose shrub. Available in a compact size with petite blooms, these roses perform well in containers or in your landscape.

red petite rose

Petite Knock Out® Roses only grow to be about 18 inches tall. They are prolific bloomers and are low maintenance.



groundcover roses

Groundcover roses are perfect for planting as borders, to fill empty areas of your landscape, or to even control soil erosion on hillsides and slopes. They provide distinctive mounds of flowers for you to enjoy.


Drift® Roses

drift roses

Drift® Roses were bred to stay a manageable size with abundant blooms from spring through the fall. These compact roses have repeat blooms that are easy-to-grow and ideal for gardens of any size.

Tough and disease-resistant, this beautiful plant pairs well with other plants.


Nitty Gritty™ Roses

nitty gritty roses

Nitty Gritty™ Roses create durable groundcover roses with a spreading habit. They offer excellent disease-resistance and produce an abundance of lovely blooms. They are self-cleaning and easy to maintain.


Flower Carpet® Roses

carpet roses

Flower Carpet® Roses provide a profusion of fragrant blooms. They have a high tolerance to heat and humidity and perfect for your Texas garden. Flower Carpet® Roses are disease-resistant, fast-growing, and have extreme cold hardiness.



climbing roses

Climbing roses require the support of a structure to thrive. Attach to a trellis and plant along garden walls or near a fence to provide a vertical interest of blooms.

Stop by a Calloway’s or Cornelius near you and explore our entire selection of premium roses! Availability may vary by location.



planting roses

  • Upon planting, treat plants with Root Stimulator, as directed.

root strimlator

calloways tree and shrub soil

  • Place root ball in the hole and fill in with Tree & Shrub Garden Soil.
  • Press soil around the plant and water in thoroughly.

For climbing roses, plant in a sunny location by a structure. Make sure the branches are pointing toward the structure when planted. Secure the plant to a support structure like a trellis, arbor, or wall. Use stretchable fasteners to avoid damaging the plant as it grows.



Water your plants as needed. Roses prefer moist soil conditions to thrive.

calloways pine bark mulch

Complete the look of your garden and protect your plant’s roots with mulch! Calloway’s Premium Organic Pine Bark Mulch is ideal for shrubs that prefer an acidic environment. It provides an attractive top dressing while helping to reduce weeds and maintain moisture in your soil.

calloway's premium flowering shrub plant food

About 6 weeks after planting, help your blooming shrubs flourish with Calloway’s Premium Flowering Shrub Plant Food! The 9-3-6 formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, calcium, sulfur, water soluble manganese, and other key ingredients to help your shrubs grow with bigger, bolder blooms.



woman holding knock out roses

At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for roses! Shop our open-air plant stores or shop online for Curbside Pickup!

Stop by today and explore the beauty of spring! Have questions? Ask our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals; they are here to help!