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Peggy Martin roses are a robust and recognizable feature in the Louisiana landscape. The showy, fragrant pink flowers are sure to attract the eyes of passersby and pollinators. This plant makes an excellent addition to the landscape, where it can be trained over features such as fences to create a unique aesthetic with its undefined form. A favorite feature of many gardeners is that these plants are generally thornless, keeping people and pets safe from a prickly predicament.
Peggy Martin roses prefer full sun conditions and well-drained, slightly acidic soil (pH of 5.6-6.5) with supplementary water recommended during periods of extended drought. An overall resilient plant, popularized by its survival through floods in the wake of Hurricane Katrina at its namesake’s residence, Peggy Martin roses need minimal maintenance. Pests and disease issues are not a common concern. A spring and fall application of complete fertilizer and a late winter pruning to guide growth and remove undesired canes is all that is typically needed.
Peggy Martin roses can be trained over landscape features such as fences. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter
The showy pink flowers of Peggy Martin roses attract pollinators. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter
Peggy Martin roses prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Photo by Anna Ribbeck/LSU AgCenter