>Fridays Knockouts


Despite my protestations, my wife still insists I am a rose snob. All because I told her once that knockout roses “didn’t count” as a “real rose”. A little time, contemplation and 10 knockout shrubs later, I now see that I probably should never have said that.
We now have under cultivation every knockout rose currently available. They have proven themselves to be just what they are, disease resistant, every blooming KNOCKOUT landscaping roses!
“Double Knockout”
First flush of bloom is the best on this rose. 2 years now in our garden,
this rose stands almost 4′ tall.
“Sunny Knockout”
I bought 3 of these for our garden, and ended up giving them to our next door neighbor.
They are growing nicely in our neighbors side yard.
The blooms are a nice yellow, but the blooms fade to white by the end of the first day.

The “original” Knockout rose is a powerhouse of blooms.
It has been in a steady bloom cycle since April. This is the second summer in our garden and
the two were have are now about 5′ tall.

“Blushing Knockout”
This knockout has such a beautifully colored light pink blooms, and they tend to fade to white, but the shrub has won my heart. This shrub is a little more compact than the original knockout, but is a winner in our garden.

“Rainbow Knockout”
This knockout is new to our garden this year. The pink coloring with a yellow center, is quite nice. This is the first year for this specimen in my garden and thus far, are the most compact of my knockout collection.
Happy Friday!


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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One Response to >Fridays Knockouts

  1. >Your Knockouts are wonderful. I love them too because of the continual blooms and have several. The Rainbow Knockout is so pretty but it has so many thorns to reach out and grab you. I have had trouble with the red doubles though. I have had two and both died.The pink double has gave me no problems at all so I don't understand why I cannot grow the red.Strange.Have a wonderful weekend!


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