We grow just about every Knock Out rose in commerce today and I must say that a favorite has emerged in my garden. It is ‘Blushing Knock Out’.
This soft shell pink rose is in bloom from April till late October in my garden (zone 8a). It provides an abundance of color on a very well rounded shrub.
When I hear the term “no spray” i’m always skeptical. But, with this rose I can tell you that it has never been sprayed and I have never seen a hint of black spot or any other disease on this shrub.
Even the fading blooms are pleasing to the eye. This is a four year shrub that I pruned down to 18 inches tall in March, it now stands over 4 ft. tall.
If you buy just one knock out, buy Blushing Knock Out. It really is a Knock Out!
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Thank you so much. It is a great shrub rose.
It’s nice to have a rose that is disease resistant and blooms so long! It’s beautiful!
Great photos of a great rose!
It is a pretty rose whatever people say about them :). I am glad you are enjoying it. It is pretty and disease-free, and what more can you wish for? Well, maybe some fragrance…
I have a number of “regular” roses; hybrid teas, florabundas, etc. But down a 40 foot stretch of 5′ wood fence I have a hedge of the original Knockout. I cut it back to 3′ tall in the spring and then stand back. By the end of summer it has topped the fence and has been covered in roses all summer long. This is an amazing rose bush and recently has been released in a variety of shades of red to white.. I just bought a shell pink version that I have planted in a big 22″ pot for my deck. I have heard people disparage these. I guess after struggling with finicky disease ridden roses for many years these Knockouts seem like cheating. i think they are great. They are still new but as time goes by I hope that their vigorous disease-free characteristics can be bred into our more beautiful and fragrant varieties.
I was not a big fan at first, but they have won me over with their bloom power and disease resistance. I too can cut them near to the ground and they are up and blooming in no time. Mr. Radler continues to hybridize roses and hopefully we’ll see more disease resistant roses from him in future….
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