KNOCK OUT® roses are bush or shrub roses which grow to be three feet tall and just as wide.
They are the only low maintenance rose which grows equally well in warm and cold climates. Plus, these roses are resistant to most pests and diseases. Just plant these types of roses and watch them grow and bloom.
The first variety of KNOCK OUT® roses was introduced in 2000. This original rose is not only still available but is the best selling rose in the United States. It is a brilliant red and blooms from spring until the first frost of the fall. The best thing about this variety of roses is that they can pretty much take care of themselves. .
Let’s take a look at the seven varieties:
1. The original is known as Rosa Radrazz. Bred by rose gardener
William Radler, the Radrazz was an All American Award winner in its very first year. It is still an incredibly popular rose and it grows approximately three feet across by three to four feet high. You will want to mulch your roses well if you live in a cold climate. But, Rosa Radrazz is one of the first roses to do equally well in hot regions and cooler ones. The bright red color will be super brilliant in cooler temperatures and more cherry-colored in warm temperatures.
2. The second variety of KNOCK OUT® roses is the pink KNOCK OUT® variety.
It is more of a medium pink color than a pale pink. Like other roses in this family, it looks great by itself or in groups. Plant the pink KNOCK OUT® in well-drained soil and then back off and let it grow. When you are having overly dry weather, you might want to water it frequently but it isn’t fussy or dainty like many of the hybrid roses.
3. The blushing KNOCK OUT® is the result of another foray into shades of pink.
This rose is more of pale pink but it does give the look of slightly blushing. It has lots of petals and the flowers deadhead themselves so you don’t have to worry about waiting too long and having your rose stop blooming because it went to seed. All of these varieties of roses drop off their dead blossoms and continue to flower spring to fall.
4. The double KNOCK OUT® red is just like the original Radrazz except instead of single flowers, it has double flowers.
Twice as many petals make for twice as much color as well. The domed shape of these roses make them perfect in any part of the garden. And, because they do not need as many hours of sun as other roses, they allow you to have roses in areas where it’s shady for part of the day.
5. The pink double KNOCK OUT® rose looks familiar to the pink single KNOCK OUT® type.
It is the very same bold pink color with the only difference being double flowers. Some people like the single KNOCK OUT® roses better than the doubles, but it is all a matter of taste. All of them perform well in just about any soil conditions. Mix some good compost in when you plant, and you will have no trouble growing these.
6. The rainbow KNOCK OUT® rose is the first of this variety of roses to have a color that is not true to its name.
This flower is more of a light pink with a center that is peach. Sometimes the early blooms are very peachy but as the flowers age, they become a light shade of pink. If you plant this rose with all the other colors, you could certainly have a rainbow.
7. The sunny KNOCK OUT® variety was introduced in 2009 and is the perfect yellow rose.
It has two colors like its sister, the rainbow, starting out as a very bright yellow and then as times passes, fading away to a much paler yellow that looks more like a yellow and cream rose. Like all the other varieties of KNOCK OUT® roses, sunny astounds gardeners with its pest and disease resistance.