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Easy to Grow Garden Roses

There are a few types of garden roses that are bred for landscape use. Knockout roses are one type that has been around for a little while, but they haven’t been around for very long. Bred by Will Radler, in the short time knockouts have been on the market they’ve quickly become standards as a go-to for landscape use.

Residential and commercial landscapes all over the world have used knockout roses for their superb disease resistance, neat habit, and long bloom time. They are larger mature shrubs than other types, but they work well under a variety of conditions. They are good for creating a hedge, as screens, and as barriers. They are also fantastic specimen shrubs. They come in many colors, from white to luscious red, even multi-colored and double blooms.

OSO Easy shrub roses are short spreading roses that come in a variety of colors that are also very easy to grow and disease resistant. Drift Roses are also another type of rose, derived from the Knock Out series. They are a dwarf rose that are perfect for small spaces in the landscape.

Much of the breeding of these very hardy and beautiful landscape roses has a foundation in the hardy and US native Rugosa rose, known as the species of rose called Rosa rugosa. Naturally resistant to the typical diseases that garden roses fall prey to, supremely hardy in most all climates, heavily scented and lovely, Rugosa roses are making their name in landscapes and gardens. They are single petaled, usually bright pink, and heavily scented with a sweet rose scent. They have many uses in gardens and landscapes. They are great hedges. They work on fencerows, and in foundation plantings. They are long-blooming and much enjoyed by native pollinators. The hips can be harvested and made into jellies, jams, and perfuming waters. Care is as easy as it is for the Knockout, OSO, and Drift series of roses.

We offer another shrub with the name of “rose”, but they’re not really roses at all. Rose of Sharon is another hardy, beautiful blooming landscape and garden shrub that’s actually a hibiscus. They come in many colors, from white to blue. They can be bi-colors too. They are usually pruned to suit a shrub-size in form, but rose of Sharon tree specimens are common when they aren’t pruned, as they can grow quite large.