Much of Georgia soil is clay, but on the Coast, sandy soil predominates.
Years ago when I was first smitten with roses, I took great pains to amend the soil so that I could grow roses.
Here in Georgia, the temperate climate is favorable for roses,
though the humidity causes some problems. But I am a different gardener now, than I was when I began. I wanted to grow everything! I stretched the zone by planting against walls or by mulching heavily in Winter. I brought tender pernennials indoors and stored tubers in the root cellar. But now, I am more inclined to work with Nature.
A garden of all native plants might seem boring, but I am so much more likely to plant something that belongs than something exotic, here in Savannah.
I am learning a little more each day about the climate and about the richness of coastal Georgia. I think of our garden as a habitat, and a place where I can observe in a small but intimate way the workings of Nature. From the deep shade and canopy of our live oaks to the rich fruit of the hollies at mid level, to the nectar of the vines and right down to the blossoms of such plants as asclepias and lantana , there is a rich world to observe. As much as a rose
can move my spirits with a perfect bloom, I no longer crave a garden full of them.
I am quite happy to observe a beautiful rose garden of someone elses design.