Alternative for Drift Roses?

trclac(8)August 24, 2014

I love drift roses, which are essentially dwarf, bushy plants that bloom nicely (dwarf knockout roses). However, I placed several around two oak trees in the front, and they are losing blooms and not doing well. I'm told the reason is that there is too much shade under the oaks, and drift roses need full sun. My other drift roses in full sun are doing very well.

So my question -- does anyone know of anything bushy and blooming like drift roses (also small in height) that do well in partial to mostly shade? My wife likes coral or purple blooms.

Note I live in Houston, Texas.

Really appreciate it.

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The issue is that most shade loving plants are not the heavy bloomers that Drift or Knockout roses are. Most will have very seasonal flowering.......the exception being some shade loving annuals like New Guinea impatiens that will will be in bloom all summer upto frost.

You might want to consider something like Encore (reblooming) azaleas. These will have a heavy spring bloom, then sporadic repeat blooming throughout the season. They come in your color choices and offer many compact, low growing selections.

My personal design construct with shade gardening is to focus on foliage color and contrast and let flowering take a back seat or be just the icing on the cake. And you can always fill in with shade loving annuals as desired.

Here is a link that might be useful: Encore azaleas, compact size

    Bookmark   September 22, 2014 at 1:50PM
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This post was edited by gardengal48 on Mon, Sep 22, 14 at 13:52

    Bookmark   September 22, 2014 at 1:51PM
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