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.
A quote for today:
Don’t let what you can’t do, keep you from doing what you can do. — John Wooden