Gwen Powell's Rose Garden
Photo courtesy of Gwen Powell's Rose Garden
Member rose garden Listing last updated on 09 Dec 2023.
About 1 1/2 miles from Beach as the crow flies.
Torrance, California 90503
USDA Zone: 6a (-10 to -5 F / -23.3 to -20.6 C)
On a small lot not more than a mile and a half from the beach, where the marine layer moves over us like the waves, we are between the ever moist ocean and the dry Southern California desert. We are very prone to powdery mildue, rust and black spot. The aphids make there home here well tended by the ants. But I manage the roses without pestisides other than Neem Oil and might spray with that twice a year. Our soil is well drained sand that I must constantly augment with humus and other organic matter. But it is a rewarding struggle as I continue to tend more beautiful roses each year.
Herbs and annuals cover the ground around the roses. The garden offers summer salads, cooking herbs and visual pleasure. It is a perfect setting for breakfast each morning, lunch in the afternoon and cocktails in the evening.