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Roses don't need to be sacrificed to drought; teach them to be tough
Roses don't need to be sacrificed to drought; teach them to be tough

The perennial rose, symbolic of romance and luxury, is beloved of Southern California gardening buffs who like a front yard stacked with rose bushes. But with the water shortage, should roses be sidelined in favor of cactuses and succulents? Not necessarily, say gardening experts, who agree that with some tweaking, there is no reason why roses cannot continue to be a vibrant part of any garden. "The thing about roses is they are such durable, long-lasting plants," said Peter E. Kukielski, author of the upcoming book "Roses Without Chemicals: 150 Disease-Free Varieties That Will Change the Way You Grow Roses" (Timber Press) and former curator of the Peggy Rockefeller...

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