Roses Are Fragrant in Arizona

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 SA585680000

Roses are some of my most favorite flowers. Luckily, they grow very well in Arizona, too. So, this makes it a lot easier for me to grow them successfully. Not like my efforts with tomatoes (that will be another post).

One year, in those leisurely days between Christmas and New Year's Day, I went to a local nursery which was known for its wonderful bare root roses. I asked for the sturdiest, hardest rose, and the gardener, who was helping me, pointed at one label which said: "Opening Night". It is a velvety, red rose. That's what started my rose garden. 

Red Rose Opening Night      Rose and Sunflower              "Opening Night" Rose - in its 2-nd year

I joined a Facebook Group, named Arizona Rose Gardeners, and started enjoying photos of the beautiful roses members grow in their homes. I also discovered that  roses have very interesting names, too - Perfume Factory, Mr. Lincoln, The Lady of Shallot, Silas Marner, Strike It Rich, Don Juan, Gemini. The administrators of the group post a very comprehensive Monthly Rose Care advisory on topics like pruning, feeding, topping, deadheading, 5-leaf rule, etc. They always make me think of my monthly market update videos. 

Once I started caring for our roses, I noticed how many neighbors have roses in their front yards. In our community garden I was so impressed with the rose bed of a member and their skill to grow super fragrant and attractive flowers. They had posted a sign inviting people to help themselves to free roses in the vases but to return the vases for re-fills. I always enjoy a bouquet as a gift, but to stumble upon one while walking in the neighborhood is a pleasant surprise, too.

Free Roses Return Vase for Re-Fills 


Just typing a search phrase "Commercial production of roses in Arizona", returns journalist research that around 75% of the US rose bushes are produced in Arizona. Arizona climate allows rose bushes to bloom for eight months in a year.

Here are a few photos of favorite roses:

"Strike It Rich" Rose

"Perfume Factory " Rose

"Savannah Sunbelt" Rose

"Firefighter" Rose - 1st year after planting bare root in January 2023

This is my entry for Debe Maxwell's May 2023 Challenge. Such a fun challenge.

"A flower's scent - invisible yet real,

has long been the emblem of the human soul" - Beverly Seaton

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Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor®

HomeSmart Elite Group
Tel:  (602) 710-8161

10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100
Scottsdale AZ 85260


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Comments (18)

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I so appreciate the beauty and colors of roses, but not always their scent. I once read that the more fragrant the flower the shorter it's bloom will last.

May 10, 2023 02:54 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Ed Silva , I agree the colors are so pretty to look at. I like that too, very much. I will check if the roses with the stronger scent last shorter. I was not aware of that. Good question for my Rose Group. Thanks for stopping by.

May 10, 2023 03:47 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like that "Strike it Rich" rose, Steffy.  It's really quite beautiful.

May 10, 2023 07:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Steffy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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May 10, 2023 07:10 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Myrl, that orangy-yellowish-pink color of Strike It Rich is so beautiful. It's quite fragrant, too. Thank you for the feature in the Photos group.

May 10, 2023 07:27 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Gorgeous pictures. It looks like you are having lots of success with your roses.

May 10, 2023 07:50 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Dr. Paula McDonald , yes, I have a lot of fun with the roses - their colors, names. Excellent pastime for me. I even learned to make rose water for myself. Thanks for stopping by.

May 10, 2023 07:59 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved your pictures of the Roses, our front yard instead of a fence we have white roses creating privacy I need to post about them soon:)Endre

May 10, 2023 11:53 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Steffy Hristova ,

What a wonderful array of photos..the roses are so beautiful, the colors vibrant. I always love white roses and my Geno use to always send them to me on my Birthday and our Anniversary. The names are so fun to learn..thank you for sharing your expertise and passion!

May 11, 2023 03:00 AM
Steffy Hristova

Dorie Dillard Austin TX , thanks for stopping by to read and enjoy the roses. I love the white roses, too. And always stop to admire the snowfall of roses at a neighboring house.

May 11, 2023 03:00 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Steffy - your post is a sensory delight on so many levels.   

May 11, 2023 04:00 AM
Steffy Hristova

Michael Jacobs , I am working on my sensory garden, how did you guess it? I will be adding the rosemary soon, which grows very in Arizona. The hyacinths are now dormant till next winter/spring. Thanks for stopping by.

May 11, 2023 03:02 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your roses are beautiful, I will have to show them to my Mom since she loves roses!

May 11, 2023 05:24 AM
Steffy Hristova

Bryan, that will be wonderful! Does your Mom grow roses, too?

May 11, 2023 03:04 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

The flowers are so beautiful! I love your photos... My mom used to love to plant/tend to her roses. Great memories.

May 11, 2023 05:40 AM
Steffy Hristova

Kat Palmiotti , thank you very much. Both my Mom and grandmother always had roses in front of our windows. 😀

May 11, 2023 03:05 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Steffy, beautiful photos of these roses, and they are so fragrant.   I used to have many rose bushes, and sure miss them at my other house.

May 11, 2023 07:04 AM
Steffy Hristova

Hi Joan Cox , thanks for stopping by. I am sure you will soon have new roses in your new home.

May 11, 2023 03:06 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. , yes, that's another role climber roses have - to create privacy. What a beautiful and fragrant way to accomplish the task. Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to seeing your blog post.

May 11, 2023 08:19 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Steffy... I adore roses and your pictures are beautiful. I just have no patience to garden and nurture. But I'm always happy to have a vase of roses on my kitchen counter.

May 11, 2023 12:09 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker , thanks very much. We love to have a rose or a bunch of them in a vase, too. Sometimes they last longer in the vase than outside here. in AZ.

May 11, 2023 03:07 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Lovely roses! I have always grown roses, I prefer tea roses to floribundas but I do love them all. I have grown 36 rose bushes to date and 32 of them survive and are still with me 34 years later...I am a transplanter of roses. 😉

May 15, 2023 07:25 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh Steffy, your roses are absolutely gorgeous! How cool is it that you are able to pick up a vase and enjoy it in your home, only to return it for a 'refill!?' I have raised Lady Bank Roses and have Knock-out Roses in my yard now but, those don't require anywhere near the care and skill that yours do.

Thank you so much for your gorgeous entry in this month's challenge!

May 16, 2023 06:10 AM