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Rose recommendations for KC area

Posted by ziyakr 5b (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 4, 12 at 17:59

I am reworking my landscaping (such a fancy word for what's in my yard) and have spaces for 3 rosebushes. I'm planning on 2 double red knockouts (boring maybe, but I want a sure thing) and am looking for recommendations for the 3rd. I prefer large good looking shrubs that bloom alot but are easy to take care of, my sister is insisting on pink and likes the tea-rose look. I've been reading the rose forums and am getting a little overwhelmed...any local gardeners have favorites?

Thanks, Ziya

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RE: Rose recommendations for KC area

You might consider Zepherine Drouhin, although I don't know about the tea rose look. It has a classic rose fragrance that is scrumptious. You will find it listed as a climbing rose, but in the KC area it doesn't act like a climber. I grow mine as bushes instead. I have 2 and they have done very well here. Adolf Horstmann isn't pink (it's a yellow blend) but it would look stunning against your Knock Outs. Horstmann has it all: lots of huge blooms, fragrance, and the blooms last a long time when cut. It's also got good resistance to black spot.

Good luck picking just one rose-- that's tough to do!

RE: Rose recommendations for KC area

I'd noticed Zepherine Drouhin in the catalogs, but find the idea of climbers intimidating...nice to know that it doesn't have to climb. The one I'm most seriously considering is a shrub/buck called Quietness. It'll be on the other side of the driveway from the Knockouts, assuming I can find one of course.

RE: Rose recommendations for KC area

Just to update...I did find a Quietness source and planted all 3 rosebushes about a month ago. All 3 have more than doubled in size, and the Quietness has 3 buds on it! Everyone says you should cut off the first few blooms to encourage growth, don't know that I have the courage for that LOL

RE: Rose recommendations for KC area

  • Posted by ditas z 4b-5 Iowa (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 16, 12 at 9:08

Hi ziyakr ~ how are your roses coming along after the unusual Summer we went thru? I posted on Rose Forum about the possible delayed reaction to the heat~wave & so many roses are indeed reacting in sad ways just when the cool-down is upon us. Then there is the threat of RRDisease ~ sigh!

I too planted & relocated a few roses this year & roses I got last year as babies were set in ground ~ many are still going thru the yellow foliage & some have black spots. My 2 beautiful Yellow Submarines blooms are getting attacked now by yellow lady-bugs that the JBs didn't even touch.

BTW I do clip blooms & new buds flush faster!

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