Knockout Roses?

biscuit97March 10, 2007

We are thinking of filling a small bed along a fence with knockout roses? The fence is about 7 feet tall and it will soon have confederate jasmine growing all over. The area gets partial sun/shade. Anyone have any experience with this plant? Do you think it will do well (and look good) in the area I have described. Also, I am willing to take suggestions for other plants that may look good in said area. Thanks.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It should have plenty of sun....more sun than shade, at least. It's touted as black spot RESISTANT, not PROOF, so all the cultural things you can do to prevent that icky disease is important.

They've had some planted for years on the campus at UAH, where with very little care (trust me) it blooms pretty much three seasons out of four. Most people aren't aware that it needs to be pruned rather heavily to keep it small, but that's no big deal.

I've also used it as something of a foundation planting on a project (full sun, heavy clay) and it's performed beautifully. I plan to use one of the shrub roses in my own landscaping this year. Maybe a Knockout....don't know for sure which color yet.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2007 at 11:21AM
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madabouteu(8A - central Alabama)

I planted one late last fall, it is now putting out lots of new growth despite a heavy clay soil. It gets sun all day except forlate afternoon.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2007 at 5:30PM
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Mine are doing well without much care. They are in heavy clay soil and get part sun/part shade.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2007 at 9:53AM
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tweetypye(z8/sc AL)

I too, planted my first KR last spring. They were beautiful all summer and fall, with no sign of any disease. They are now putting out new growth, and I am looking forward to them this year.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2007 at 10:36AM
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They do live up to their reputation as heavy bloomers and resistant to diseases. The color is a little intense but more colors are coming out this year (a softer pink for one).

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 10:40AM
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I planted some last year too & they did really well...I did the Double knockouts & loved them so much, I planted 2 more in the area, for a total of 5. Mine have a lot of new growth too, so can't wait for the blooms this year. Mine get about 1/2 day of sun...I think they do need at least that much to bloom well.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 2:00PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Phillip, look for 'Blushing' and 'Rainbow' Knock out roses. I think I might try the latter.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 3:50PM
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