Day 26 – National Rose Month

Knock Out
Shrub – Red Blend
ARS Rating – 8.5
Everytime I feature a knock out rose on my blog, my wife snorts.. Not at the rose, at me. I was a reluctant to plant these landscape roses in my garden and she accused me of being a rose snob. You know the types, only hybrid teas or exhibition varieties.. Imagine that. Me, a rose snob? Ha! Well, I guess if all hearts be laid bare, she has kind of right. I do enjoy the beautiful form of what I refer to as the “classic rose form”;
a hi-centered bloom with a perfect center and gently unfurling petals, and also the intoxicating fragrance and blooms of the old garden and heritage roses. But, a common landscape shrub???? No Thanks. As often is the case when I do a little self-examination, I found that while they do not exhibit all the qualities I enjoy in roses, they do have a place in my rose garden.  They provide a consistent source of color, have a vigorous growth habit, and need very  little care. 

Never one to be out done, I purchased and now enjoy all the varieties of knock out rose in my garden. Pictured here is the original Knock Out rose.


Red 'Knockout' shrub rose


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 and on his popular website;, 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 Day 26 – National Rose Month

  1. Teresa says:

    I’ve been accused of the same thing but you can hardly beat a Knock Out for being an all-season blooming machine and adding impact to your garden. They also hold up very well in arrangements and, “require very little care.” Good stuff indeed!


  2. Paul Daniels says:

    Well said Chris, well said. That’s all.


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