One of the typical suggestions for making your home more secure is to plant thorny plants, such as roses, bougainvillea and even cactus, in strategic places. Our rose bushes have developed some pretty serious thorns and would cause a burglar to think twice. I spoke with Steve Winterfeldt, a horticulturist at my favorite source for roses, Jackson & Perkins, and asked for his suggestions for super-thorny roses. Here are his suggestions.
Steve said that even roses that might not be typically thorny will become that way as they age, with hard, tough thorns growing up to three-quarters of an inch or longer. Metal bars, barbed wire, Dobermans, and cholla cactus have their place in home security, but so do beautiful, colorful rose bushes.
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