>"Knockout" Red


Our “KnockOut” roses are putting on a nice show this week. This single variety, “Radrazz” was the original knockout rose. In February 2009, we bought 2 one gallon specimens, and planted them just outside our screened porch in less than perfect conditions. I have given them little care and have not pruned them, and they now stand around 4 foot tall, are in constant bloom and are doing quite well. This shrub “self cleans” well. No deadheading required.
We cut a few blooms this morning and brought them inside…..
Happy Labor Day!

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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4 Responses to >"Knockout" Red

  1. Jeff Branch says:

    >My wife and I have thought about adding Knockout roses to our yard, but they are everywhere these days. I even see them used in commercial landscapes – office buildings and such. But I may try a few next year. Thanks for the post.


  2. Jim says:

    >Chris, I wished you lived closer. I am down sizing my garden and have given away approximately 30 roses so far. Then, you wouldn't have to plant industrial, fragrantless roses. 🙂


  3. >Jim, I wished I lived closer too. You know I would be round for some of those beautiful roses! Hope you are well. I miss reading your blog.


  4. >Jeff, You might want to try the knockouts or their are some other varieties that do very well. Julia Child and Iceberg, both are floribunda roses, form nice shrubs and are in bloom a good part of the year in Alabama…..


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