I’ve grown roses for years….
tea roses, climbing roses, gradiflora, etc… etc… but I must confess something,
when it comes to roses,
I’ve killed more roses than I’d like to admit.
GASP!!! Hey, no one is perfect!
Yes, my thumbs aren’t always green…. their usually covered in blackspot…
dang blackspot… you are the thorn in my side…errr…rose!
I want roses, what girl doesn’t love roses?
…but roses that aren’t high maintenance!
No DIVA ROSES ALLOWED in my yard!
I want roses that any brown thumb gardener can grow.
I want EASY ROSES!
And I’m happy to tell you that I have found them! They are Knock Out Roses. They are almost indestructible. Woo-hoo!
Look at this gorgeous hedge of roses dividing my yard from my neighbors. I planted them 3 years ago. Our soil sucks. I’m talking clay soil. So much clay you could sculpt a clay pot with them! All I did was dig a hole 2x the size of the pot they came in, set the plant in the hole, backfilled with good quality top soil and then added 1/2 cup of rose food to the surrounding soil. That is it!
THEY BLOOM FROM SPRING UNTIL THE FIRST FROST!
What else do you have in your garden that can say that?
The picture below is year 2 of Knockout Roses planted on either side of my entrance. (Basically they double in size each year).
blooms spring-1st frost
tons of flowers/ repeat bloomer
disease/pest/ black spot resistant
double blooms- spring -1st frost
It boasts coral pink blooms with bright yellow centers and is more compact than the other varieties. It rarely ever has any issues with blackspot which is a must-have if you live in humid regions.
Very Blackspot resistant
tons of flowers
foliage- deep burgundy aging to deep green.
This rose is the newest in the Knockout collection. It is the one variety that has a strong fragrance. It is more upright and compact than the other varieties. The blooms start off as bright yellow then quickly fade to a pale, creamy yellow. During cooler times of the year, the blossoms will be more vibrant in color. If you’ve ever tried to grow yellow roses in the south, then you KNOW how difficult they can be! This plant provides worry free blooms all season!
3-5 feet tall (largest of the group)
drought/ blackspot/disease/pest resistant
tons of flowers
If you consider yourself a brown thumb gardener then PLEASE buy these Knockout Roses.
Now look, EVERY plant needs water. These are not cacti! You do need to water them once a week if you are in hot climates like mine (I’m in zone 8). And these roses do need at LEAST 6 hours of sunshine each day. I have Knockouts on the very hot and sunny south side of my home and on the shadier north side of my home. They both are doing well, but the sunnier south side have grown fuller and bloom better. They all have thorns but you will have a house FILLED with rose bloom cuttings all spring, summer, and fall!
I only fertilize each rose bush one time a year in spring with 1/2 cup of granulated rose food. That’s it.
These babies are love ’em & leave ’em!
If you are even capable of killing Knockouts then you deserve some type of brown thumb award, because I’m telling you,
YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH KNOCKOUT ROSES!
Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to answer them asap.
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