I have for several years grown the ‘Knockout Roses’. They had so much good PR, I was sold. Since it promised a long season of color,( something clients inevitable ask me for) I thought I needed to try them. Well, they did indeed bloom all summer long and stopped only around Christmas but they were far from ‘maintenance free’.
It worked! While I had complained before of their stiff habit; I now see they can be a graceful cascading plant. What will happen during the summer? I’ll keep you posted.
Now, what to do about their lack of fragrance?
NOTE: the wire cage in front is protecting a newly planted antique rose from the deer.
*Vita Sackville West was the planting genius behind the garden at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent England.
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