Martha Gonzales Rose
Rosa 'Martha Gonzales'
Named for Martha Gonzales, who found this class old-fashioned rose growing in her garden in Navasota, Texas, in 1984
This rose is a Sun/part shade, semi-evergreen shrub with crimson flowers. Since the quarter-sized flowers are flat-faced, they cover the plant's surface during the growing season. The foliage has a distinct reddish tinge and is relatively small and not heavily armed but bears enough thorns to protect itself from pedestrians. It has been used in public landscapes to guide foot traffic.
'Martha Gonzalez' is incredibly carefree, and too much maintenance misses the point. Do water consistently in summer, and — if the center of the bush gets too crowded — remove weak, old, or woody canes and cut back lateral shoots by one-third, around February.
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade
Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11