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Outdoor Gardening

Roses: America’s National Flower

Some plants need more care than others. Roses belong to this group, but they don’t really deserve their reputation of being a finicky plants.

If a healthy rose bush is placed in decent soil with adequate drainage, receives 5 to 6 hours of sun daily, plenty of water and regular care, you’ll be blessed with beautiful roses.

Roses are a beautiful, fragrant addition to any garden. And today’s new varieties are easy to grow.

Garden Roses

  • Hybrid teas: large blossoms on long stems, excellent for cutting!
  • Floribundas: A great choice for the landscape. Plants are generally 2 feet to 4 feet tall and quite bushy. Flowers come in clusters and are available in many colors.
  • Grandifloras: Similar to hybrid teas, with flowers usually in clusters on a taller growing bush.
  • Climbers: great for vertical interest, they’re easily trained on a fence, trellis or arbor.
  • Miniatures: Generally small in both bush and flower size. Miniatures do well in large pots on patios or decks, or as a border planting.
  • Tree Roses:A most elegant form. Great as a dramatic vertical accent rising above a bed of perennials or low shrubs. Easy to grow as a container plant in a decorative pot for sunny patios and decks, with enough portability to place it anywhere you’d like.

Shrub Roses

  • The Flower Carpet series of roses produce a glorious landscape of delicate flowers from spring until frost. They require little care or maintenance in the garden, and have strong resistance to diseases, such as black spot and powdery mildew. They’re best planted in mass as a hedge, along a fence or trellis, or in a container.
  • Drift® Roses are repeat-bloomers that are tough, disease resistant, winter hardy and virtually maintenance-free. Drift® Roses are a cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniature roses. The low, spreading habit of Drift® Roses makes them perfect for small gardens and combination planters. They brighten up borders, fill in empty spaces, and spread delicately around your favorite established plants.
  • The Knock Out® Family of Roses have stunning flower power with a generous bloom cycle (about every 5-6 weeks) that will continue until the first hard frost. All of the Knock Out® Roses are self-cleaning so there is no need to deadhead. They’re winter hardy and heat tolerant. If unpruned, The Knock Out® Family of Roses can easily grow to be more than 3-4’ wide x 3-4’ tall. Periodic trims will keep them maintained at a smaller size. A once a year cut (to about 12-18” above the ground) in early spring (after the last hard frost) is also recommended for maximum performance.

    The Knock Out® Family of Roses can fit into any landscape. Plant them individually among shrubs, annuals and perennials in mixed beds and borders. Plant them in large groups to create a colorful hedge. Plant them along a foundation to provide a bright border.

Caring for Roses

Planting Roses