cistus, sunset rock rose, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest

Surviving Drought With Rock Rose

In the heat of summer I’m more interested in camping than staying home to water the garden.

cistus, sunset rock rose, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Happily the spring extravaganza of bloom was mostly bulb, and being spring ephemerals, they’re content to dry up & hibernate until the rains come again. But I’m not content with a brown garden in July.

Rock Rose to the rescue.

cistus, sunset rock rose, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins
  1. Once established, Cistus ‘sunset’ has proven to be one tough-as-nails, evergreen shrub.
  2. it’s fuzzy leaves make the most of any dew or moisture they find.
  3. Our local deer find it unpalatable.
  4. The butterflies & other pollinators gravitate to the energizing magenta flowers.
  5. The honey fragrance of the blooms makes it a good choice to plant near a high-traffic area.

Those 5 reasons easily convinced me that Cistus is a keeper for our landscape.

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2 thoughts on “Surviving Drought With Rock Rose”

  1. Hi Susie,
    My gorgeous pink one succumbed last winter, while the less attractive, short-blooming (a week in late May/early June?), muddy white ones are the tenacious—nay, vigorous—survivors. Must try your named cultivar.
    Cheers, Jean

    1. Yeah, I’m not keen on the white one – – especially as it closes in evening it won’t even give you that ‘glow in the dark’ treat that white flowers are so good for. But really, how can we begrudge any flower? That said, I sure like this hot pink variety 🙂

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