Reflecting the results of extensive research and field trials, Texas Agri-Life Extension rewards the Earth-Kind designation to rose cultivars that exhibit a combination of "superior pest tolerance" and "outstanding landscape performance".
Currently, more than twenty Earth-Kind cultivars are available. Forms include three shrub sizes (dwarf, small, and medium), plus "mannerly" climbers and vigorous climbers.
On average, each rose cultivar considered for Earth-Kind status receives 8 years of research and field trials. The plants are not protected during winter, are only watered during periods of very low rainfall, and no chemical or organic pesticides are used.
For roses that combine low maintenance, excellent disease resistance, and little if any environmental impact (a.k.a. sustainability)... visit the Texas AgriLife Extension website for more information on Earth-Kind roses.
photos: Georgetown Tea by Stacy Estep. Belinda's Dream and Sea Foam by Jim Crocker