Tropical Gardening: June is blooming great in Britain

Spring in London, especially at Kew Gardens, is a riot of colorful flowers including fragrant roses in varied shapes and sizes. These may be grown in Hawaii as well, especially in cooler locations. (Courtesy photo/Voltaire Moise)

Great Britain, United Kingdom, British Isles or whatever name you wish to call this place, it has many areas ideal for growing roses. We are visiting Kew Gardens and there are spectacular displays of roses here and in many privates gardens as well. In Hawaii, growing roses is always a challenge. Roses are cool climate plants that do best at elevations of 1,000 feet or more. At lower elevations, insects and disease problems are aggravated. At best, roses require specific care or they will not do well.