“I always thought roses were the sort of flowers that only ‘rosarians’–-people with a sophisticated knowledge of rose cultivation–-could successfully grow … But then one day I woke up and smelled the roses.”
This is something of a wake-up call for rose-shy gardeners too petrified to take on the “notoriously difficult” world of the thorn and bloom. The author does a nice job of celebrating the qualities that make the ‘Knock Out’ cultivars such rewarding starter roses, and with good reason: they’ll survive almost anything.
This hardiness is the driving ethos behind the Earth-Kind® Rose Trials, of which the NYBG is such a proud participant. And ‘Knock Out’ features pretty heavily in our test beds. If you’ve been hiding in the closet over the thought of making the leap, fear of failure doesn’t have to be the great decider in growing roses anymore. —MN