>Rainbow "Knockout"


In my final installment on Knockout roses, the Rainbow “Radcor” knockout is my least favorite. I planted two bushes in the Pink rose bed in early spring and not much has happened since. Their growth has been lackluster to say the least, despite regular amounts of water and organic and inorganic fertilizers. Maybe I’m jumping the gun on the growth of a rose not yet a full year in my garden, but this rose doesn’t impress me much. The blooms fade quickly and the bush looks messy……
I have left out of this series, the Sunny Knockout. The yellow knockout rose. I did purchase 3 plans in early spring, but gave them to my neighbor who needed plantings for an empty bed. I can report that they have doubled in size and are in a constant state of bloom.
All in all, Knockout roses are great if you want lots of color in your landscape, but that is about it. I guess I truly am a rose snob in this respect. I grow roses not only for color, but for form, fragrance, texture and for the interest they bring to the garden and my life.
Happy Friday!
A quote for today:
Don’t let what you can’t do, keep you from doing what you can do. — John Wooden

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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2 Responses to >Rainbow "Knockout"

  1. Becca's Dirt says:

    >Hey there. So nice of you to come by my blog and leave a nice comment. I love roses but currently have none except a couple growing wild. I do intend to change that. Yours are pretty.


  2. >Dear Chris,I am definitely a rose snob, too. But I feel Knock-outs are a necessary evil as they give reliable color with little fuss. But it is the "real" roses that make the rose bed perfect!Pam


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