Knockout Rose Trees Knock Out Squirrels

In early spring, April to be exact, I went in search of “something” to fill the two tall urns that stand on one of my decks. The past two springs I had purchased tall hibiscus, but Mr. Squirrel, who lives in my backyard, tip-toed onto my deck every. single. day. and stole almost all the leaves off the two hibiscus, one leaf at the time.


I was not amused!


So, this year I decided to try something different. I wanted a topiary style plant that would be pretty easy to grow, carefree…nothing too fussy. I purchased Knock-Out rose trees in a hot pink color.


I found out later these are also, called Rose Standards. Neat, huh? The Creeping Jenny had managed to survive our colder than normal winter. It came back in these pots where I had left it from last year. I dug it up and repositioned it around the base of the rose trees after I had them in place. These pics were taken shortly after planting this past spring.


One day, while out working on an investigation in the field, I met someone who had beautiful Knock-Out roses. She recommended Bayer Rose food…the systemic type. I like the fact you only need to use it every six weeks…my kind of fertilizer.


Well, the roses are doing just fine…not filled out quite as much as I’d like, but doing pretty well. And I’m happy to report, Mr. Squirrel doesn’t seem to be at all interested in them or their leaves. Yay! And, would you just look at the Creeping Jenny?!


It realllly likes the Bayer Rose food!


Compare this to the first pic when it was newly planted…quite the change! Now it’s wild and wooly!


I love how it drapes over the edge of the urns…there’s something so hauntingly romantic and beautiful about this look. πŸ™‚


Here’s a view from inside. I have the sweetest little hummingbird who visits my feeder a bazillion times a day. He zooms into his nectar gas station for a refill, and then zooms off to do more humming birdie things. When the feeder gets low and I bring it in to wash and refill it, even though it’s only gone for a few minutes, Mr. Hummingbird comes over to window and peers in…”Where’s my nectar, lady?! Please, hurry up in there!” I’m pretty sure he says, please. πŸ˜‰ Do you have hummingbird feeders up?

So, please share…what do you like to feed your Knock-Out roses? Wish mine were a bit fuller. Any suggestions on how to trim them…wondering if I should cut them back to more of a denser ball shape to encourage them to fill out more. Any suggestions?

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  1. The creeping jenny looks amazing. I received some cuttings from my mom this summer from her plant. It was taking off like yours and she thought it would be "My kind of plant". I put it in various places in my yard but was surprised to see that the place it is doing the best is in the waterfall of my pond. I had never heard it would grow in water. I just thought I would put it in and see. I just love when things like that happen. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Lisa

  2. Entertaining Women says

    I really like the KnockOut Rose tree. I just have the bushes thus far, but I think that this inspires me to go look for the tree. Thanks for sharing the Bayer Rose Food information with us. I'll look for that, too. Cherry Kay

  3. Donna@Conghaile Cottage says

    I ALSO use that systemic on my hardy hibiscus AND I don't have any problems with worms eating the new leaves that TOTALED the plant when I didn't use it AND I don't get many J-beetles either. So now I also use it on my Rose of Sharon to keep the J-bugs off them too… They get a few but not like when I don't use it. The draw back is Hummingbirds don't use the plants that you are using it on… BUT there are plenty of other things for them. LOVE your topiary Sue…

  4. Donna@Conghaile Cottage says

    Oh Sue, Roses are VERY heavy feeders… Use the BLOOM PLUS you get from Home Depot or Lowes, and feed every time you water, they are in pots so they will loose a lot… and I always give my roses banana peels… I WHOLE banana peel(cut up) and jammed into the pot around the plant OR in the ground. One whole peel PER plant PER year… They do love it and need the potassium…

  5. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    Your creeping Jenny is beautiful and I love your knock-out rose topiary bushes. So pretty. I am going to try some of that rose food. Love & blessings from NC!

  6. Days at Buttermilk Cottage says

    Wow! The roses are very pretty but the creeping jenny is OUTSTANDING!!! I have it in my flower boxes on the front porch for the first time this summer and thought it was doing fine until I saw yours! Have a great weekend.

  7. I'm very impressed with your knock out roses. Ours haven't done well at all. This is the second year we've had them. We had a very cold winter, and now this horribly hot summer. I have a couple that look good, but about 3 of them look really bad. I keep them watered, and I've put some miracle grow on them. I need to try your suggestion and see if that will help.
    The squirrels haven't eaten my hibiscus, but the hummingbirds love them.
    Thanks for sharing. I also love the climbing Jenny. I have a friend named Jenny. Sort of funny name for a plant.

  8. Hi Susan, your roses and jenny are beautiful. I would suggest doing a light pruning each time you take off the spent blooms. You can keep them rounded if you want, just cut about a quarter of an inch from a leaf (one that will point outwards). I envy you having these roses, we are to cold for them here. I have a limited amount to choose from that will be ok in zone 3. I am hoping next spring to get a few roses. I am just happy to be able to begin landscaping after 5 years of construction. Happy PS.

  9. Terry @ La Bella Vie says

    Hi Susan,
    Your roses are beautiful. I use the same rose care food and the tip from the rose pros (I live in "The Rose City") suggest fertilizing with every watering when in pots because of the leaching effect of watering. As for pruning; just above the a 5 leaf section when dead-heading.
    The Jenny grows like weed here but my waterfall loves it!
    The Hummers…Ok so (dare I say) we have 3 feeders hanging and about 11-14 squeaky little Hummers from what we can count:) Last summer we were lucky enough to have a little Calliope do a fly-by…don't you just love summer!

  10. Jacqueline says

    Oh, my gosh, I died laughing when I saw Mr. Squirrel and his comment. I had to show my husband and my 19 year old daughter. They loved it too. I especially like how he was holding his little paws together and looking so innocent – not! What a fun yet informative post. I love the systemic food and insecticide. My roses haven't needed any insecticide this year as we have had a cooler year. I love it because that way I can sugar the rose petals for my Pink Saturday cupcakes.

  11. Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome says

    My neighbor is having trouble with no leaves on her hibiscus too. I will have to tell her it maybe our neighborhood squirrel. I have never heard of creeping Jenny but I love the way it looks. I will have to ask my local nursery if it will grow here.
    Thanks for the great post.
    PS I really like our new header.

  12. eileeninmd says

    Happy Pink Saturday! Your knock out roses is just beautiful and I love the creeping jenny. It is fun to watch the hummers, I have a couple of feeders up.Have a great weekend.

  13. My landscaper suggest knock-out-roses and I said "no". Since then, I wished I had said "yes". I must remember the Creeping Jenny for another planting.

  14. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says

    Susan, I don't have any knockout roses, but after seeing how well yours is doing on the deck I may plant a couple next year since yours are surviving our heat. Love the creeping Jenny, too. I do have a hummingbird feeder right outside my sunroom and watch a couple feed on and off all day.

  15. Could it be that your creeping jenny is sucking all the nutrients out of the fertilizer you're using so the roses aren't getting enough?

  16. Thanks for the feeding advice. I will try some on my roses, as well as my hibiscus. They could certainly use a boost. Your creeping jenny looks fabulous, too. I always follow your tablescapes and thought I'd check out what else you had to say. I'm certainly glad that I did!

  17. Christine says

    I love the shot of the squirrel. Your plants are terrific!

  18. Happy PINK Saturday Susan! Your Knock Out Standards are lovely. I too love Knock Outs, IF I can keep the deer from eating them! I have about 12 planted as part of my foundation planting in the front beds. I rescued all of mine from a trash heap, a client of mine was going to throw them away because she was tired of the deer eating them. They have struggled a little bit to get established but I know next year they will be amazing. Have a great weekend, Nan

  19. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says

    Hi Susan~ ~Lovely standard rose. Here is a tip to help to make your top more dense. You might already know this but it's good to give the top a trim when it gets leggy. Heres how.
    Choose a wild stem and from the tip go down to the first 5 leaf stem. Now here is the trick. The 5 leaf stem is on one side of the stem when you trim off the top branch here the New branch will shoot off on the other side (opposite) of the stem. Is this the way you want the New branch to grow? If not, go down to the next 5 leaf stem or the next till you get one that will shoot off a New branch in the direction you want to fill in your rose top and trim the top off here. Neet huh?
    Always trim a rose back to at least the first 5 leaf stem. You will notice that there are 3 and sometimes 7 leaf stems too.

    Now run outside and study your rose. Have fun!
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  20. Anonymous says

    Stop giving your plants synthetic fertilizers, for one thing, they have too much salt. Give your roses compost and they will do much better.

  21. Your knock out standards with creeping jenny cascading down your pretty urns are very eye catching on your deck. I can see how you have enjoyed them. Your witty comments about the squirrels amused me because I have so many squirrels. Mostly, mine bury nuts in my pots leaving a mess on my floor and crack nuts on my patio steps also another mess to clean up.

    I learned so much from all the comments. I especially thank Ahrisha about trimming. I too like the Bayer systemic granules and use them on many shrubs with good success.

  22. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Your roses are beautiful! So, you have talking squirrels too!? πŸ˜€
    I have some that have damaged several of my potted plants. πŸ™
    hae a great weekend.

  23. Susan Ramey Cleveland says

    I'm going to get some of that stuff. We've always used MiracleGrow, but I want to ttry the Bayer.

  24. Gosh, Susan, I have not seen creeping jenny in years…since I got my first plant from a friend in Pittsburg, PA. It eventually died (but that was more than 30 years ago!). It is the perfect plant for the bottom of your knock-out rose tree.

    I am still learning what plants grow here in coastal FL…so many of my favorites do not like the soil. But hey, it's a trade-off…plants or beach. I'll take the beach and make do with tropicals.

  25. I love the roses and the creeping jenny, which is a pond plant by the way πŸ™‚

    With Knock Out Roses that are planted in the ground dead heading isn't needed. They "clean" themselves. Since your roses are shaped into trees, you will need to follow the two ladies' great advice about trimming and shaping your roses.

    Bayer is a good product, but if you wanted to go green Espoma is organic and they make a "Rose-tone" which is excellent.


  26. Dear Susan,

    The Knock-Out Rose is true to its name!

    Greetings from Georgia


  27. JayEee in Tennessee says

    Love reading about the plants. I have a question about the fabulous outdoor wicker: Do you recall the vendor and the style? It looks fantastic!

  28. That shabby Pink Girl says

    I love the idea of the knockout rose tree, and the creeping jenny is so lush and pretty, i'm going to go buy some of that Rose feed.
    thanks for sharing with us.

    marian elizabeth

  29. Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien says

    Very pretty! I love the creeping Jenny around the base; it adds a little something special and romantic to the topiary. I am tempted to try the Knock-Out Rose trees now…..I had a Knock-Out Rose bush a couple of years ago and despite growing beautifully over the summer I planted it, it didn't survive the first winter. I had heard they were very hardy, but apparently mine wasn't! I was very disappointed, but maybe I will try again. I have two beautiful climbing roses that grow like weeds despite the face that I don't fertilize them and only prune them once a summer! Go figure!

  30. G'day Susan ~ I love your knock out roses, just gave dil one last week for her bday.

    I love your terrace setting, the roses show off beautifully.

    Have a lovely PINK weekend.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  31. Marie Arden says

    Susan Happy Pink Sat. I finally made it to Queens Antiques in Roswell and love it bought stuff several times already!

    Your roses look great. I will have to try that rose food.
    MArie Arden Pink

  32. I'm such a brown thumber that I wouldn't have a clue what to feed knock out roses. All I know is that yours are indeed a "knock out".

    I love the creeping jenny!!! I would love to have some here.

    You are blessed that Mr. Squirrel stopped at leaves. His southeast GA cousin chewed our porch posts! UGH. Finally stopped him with cayenne pepper.

    As always, love your post.

  33. Katie@YogaGal says

    I have a hot pink double knock out that I really have enjoyed- and the creeping jenny are great filler and can withstand just about anything. I hope mine get to be as lush as yours!

  34. Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn says

    Beautiful photos!!!

  35. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    JayEee, Thanks! I bought this set at A Classy Flea. I remember it had tags on it and had never been used but I'm sorry, I don't remember the brand name now. It is outdoor wicker…so if you google that, I bet you'll find a good many sites that carry similar sets.

  36. Pink Roses and Teacups says

    Hi Susan,

    Your roses are so pretty! Mine have done terible this year due to high humidity. They also developed a fungus where the leaves have brown spots. We have a humingbird feeder hanging by our kitchen window, but so far no birdies!


  37. Susan, Bayer makes a 3-in-1 systemic treatment also that works really great. My Knock-out rose got really sick earlier in the summer (extremely hot summer here in Eastern NC) and started dropping its leaves. Gave it 2 applications one month apart and it is once again full of leaves and blooming well. Usually Knock-Outs are very hardy and need little care other than water, but occasionally they can get a little sick. Someone at Lowe's recommended the 3-in-1 treatment as being the best.
    Love your post. I have an hibiscus on my back porch and squirrels but they have never bothered it.

  38. Maison Mutt says

    Mr. Squirrel must not be a fan of pink. They really gave these roses an appropriate name! Truly Knock outs. I've always had luck with Miracle Grow but i've learned if you find something that works for you…stick with it. I do have humming birds and create my own food for them (sans red dye). I've heard of Creeping Charlie, is Creeping Jenny a relative? It's lovely!!
    Licks & Wags, Niki

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  41. Although I have K.O. roses, I'm not an expert on anything gardening. However, for regular roses, someone once told me to cut the dead roses off by cutting the stem off down to where there are 5 leaves per stem. When you do this, they bloom like crazy…I did try it. The only gardening tip I know! πŸ™‚ I would think it would work for K.O.'s. They're very pretty. Hope you're doing well.

  42. Susan, we have knock out roses in our beds. I'm going to pick up a bottle of the Bayer Rose Food asap. Your deck and those urns look fabulous.
    ~ Sarah

  43. MyThoughtsMyVoice says

    You can sure tell the Creeping Jenny like it. And yes, it has that romantic-look on it with all the draping πŸ™‚

    I don't think I've ever heard of knock out roses. I like the topiary style to it.

    Happy Pink Saturday!


    (putting thought bubbles on the squirrel just makes him look cute LOL)

  44. Your rose is stunning. I've never tried roses. I'm doing pretty well with zinnias! They're my speed. I was so charmed by your "Hunt Themed" table a few months ago I started collecting too. It started with a ceramic mallard from Good Will. My new plates are the subject of today's post. Thanks for the inspiration!

  45. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) says

    Hi Susan, Your roses look so good on the porch. Mine are all in the yard and they go through bloom phases–one week they are covered and the next they are bare, and so on. If I could time them to coincide with company I would be very happy. And your deck looks great now! It was a great idea to stain it. But I would like to know about your birdfeeder. Do you have a special recipe for the hummingbird nectar, and do you ever have a problem with insects, like ants, getting into it? Thanks! Linda

  46. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) says

    Hi Susan, Your roses look so good on the porch. Mine are all in the yard and they go through bloom phases–one week they are covered and the next they are bare, and so on. If I could time them to coincide with company I would be very happy. And your deck looks great now! It was a great idea to stain it. But I would like to know about your birdfeeder. Do you have a special recipe for the hummingbird nectar, and do you ever have a problem with insects, like ants, getting into it? Thanks! Linda

  47. My husband and I are giving up on roses..just cant beat the beetles or the leggy stems. But, that creeping Jenny is awesome. Dont think it will survive our zone of 9 but will check it out anyway. It is beautiful.

  48. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    Oh how pretty…I'll be passing this info on to my husband (the resident gardner at our house)!

  49. I bought a knock out rose topiary and LOVE mine. We don't have a squirrel problem in our yard. I think because we don't have many trees. I bought a squirrel feeder and they don't come. Oh well.

  50. Love how the roses & creeping jenny look. So pretty! I have knock out roses but mine are more like bushes. They don't grow like a topiary. I just fertilize them every now & then with a granule fertilizer & they do great. Mine are very full but I've just let them grow & haven't done any pruning.

  51. Love the stories of the plants, your creeping Jenny is amazing. I too have hummingbirds, I am intrigued that you would put it over your table. I cannot tell you the amount of sweet water I have below the feeder and the ants, well they have taken over. I have cleaned them and then moved the feeder over to the garage, that way it hasn't gooped up my deck. I have taken dozens of pictures of the little guy being very territorial over his feeder, it is a blast to watch and to take pictures of. I need to put my pics and story on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

  52. Trim all your roses with the exception of climbers on Valentine's Day. Trim climbers after their first flush of blooms.

  53. Carol Lee says

    First of all I have to tell you that I absolutely love the detail you have put into all of your pages. I just googled the creeping Jenny plant ane learned that one gardener found that its extensive root system was choking her rose bushes. Perhaps that is what is happening to your roses in the the Jenny.

    • You could be right…I had wondered about that. This year the roses (one of which is new) are doing a lot better but it’s because it’s raining almost every day. They still don’t look super great though. I wonder if the Creeping Jenny roots are choking out the roots on the Knock-out roses. It is a fast grower! I may need to find something else to put in those urns, but I sure do love how it looks draping down the sides.

    • Tisha Armstrong says

      She’s right. I have a rose standard as well and was looking for something to fill in around the pot to give it a lush look due to the black spot claiming most of the bottom leafs. Upon going to Rambo(a nursery here in Georgia) whom specializes in standards among others, I was told that the Creeping Jenny, while beautiful, is actually a weed and will overtake anything that it is companioned with by over competing for the nutrients, water, ect. and will eventually snuff out the Standard or cause it not bloom or fill out as it should. I was very bummed to hear that being that I had my heart set on Creeping Jenny for the lushness of it and for it to drape over my barrel. But however, she did suggest something that I could use without it competing for my Standard’s well being, Ivy. Regular ole Ivy. Mine drapes beautifully over the sides as I wanted, filled in very nicely and not only that, it also gave gorgeous color contrast to my Standard with the Ivy being much brighter and whiter than the dark green leaves on my Standard and made it just POP! There are many other things that you can use as well for fillers such as To attract Hummingbirds: Beardtongue(Penstemon), Bee-Balm(Monarda), Bleeding Heart(Dicentra), Butterfly Bush(Buddleia), Columbine(Aquilegia), Foxglove(Digitalis, which I personally love as well as do my Hummers), Fuschia(annual and hardy kind), Honeysuckle(Lonicera), Rhododendron/Azalea, Rose of Sharon(Hibiscus), Rosemary, Sage(Salvia) and Trumpet Vine. Garlic and Tomatoes are also great to plant around your potted Standard because it is said that members of the Allium family increase the perfume of roses, ward off insects and help prevent and control black spot which is something I wish I would have found out about before the dreaded fungus grabbed ahold to mine. I know that Garlic also helps fight mildew as well but for best results you may need to plant it with roses for a few years, plus you’ll have yummy food as well as beauty and prevention! There are many other things that you can plant with your Standard that wont compete for things that your lovely needs. For Colorful/Contrasting Foliage try using Black Mondo Grass, Brunnera”Jack Frost”, Dusty Miller, Fancy-Leaved Geraniums, Hostas, Lamb’s Ears(Stachys), Ivy(Hedera helix) or for Grasses, Spiky Foliage or Vines try Blue Oat Grass Daylily(Hemerocallis), Fountain Grass(Pennisetum), Iris(Japanese, Bearded), Silver Grass, Switchgrass, Sweet Peas, Clematis(GORGEOUS), Vine Black-Eyed Susan Vine, Mandevilla, Rose Jasmine or Variegated Porcelain Vine. But honestly, my personal favorite is using Long-Blooming Perennials like Aster, Black-Eyed Susan Blanket Flower(Gaillardia), Coneflower(Echineacea), Evening Primrose(Gaura), Tickseed(Coreopsis, although not a fan using it with my roses), Violets(Viola), Lavender(Lavandula), Lady’s Mantle(Alchemilla), Garden Phlox Giant Hyssop(Agastache), Yarrow(Achillea), Veronica(Speedwell) and Catmint(Nepeta). But if you like, you can also use Annuals, Long lasting cut flowers, Bouquet Greens and even Evergreen Shrubs(more for ground planting though). Some that are great to use are Baby’s Breath, Black-Eyed Susan Carnation Coneflower, Lilac Peony, Shasta Daisy/Mums Speedwell and Delphinium for cut flowers that last; for Bouquet Greens Camellia, Eucalyptus, Evergreen Huckleberry and Ferns(numerous varieties) are great to use; as for Annuals to use Alyssum, Lantana, Pansies, Petunias/Million Bells, Scented Geraniums, Verbena, Snapdragon, Dianthus(annual or perennial) and Coreopsis(annual or perennial) make great additions. As for Evergreen Shrubs should you choose to use them Camellia, Buxus(Boxwood), Japanese Holly(Ilex crenata) and Nandina(Heavenly Bamboo) are beautiful choices. There are many others that can be used but being that my comment or should I say “post” has gotten rather winded(lol), we’ll save those for another time. Also, remember that the rule of thumb when planting around your Standard or any Roses for that matter is make sure that you plant your companions atleast 12 to 18 inches away from roses to avoid disturbing the roots, but of course if you’re doing containers, plant as far away from the root ball as you can or closer towards the edge of the container. Avoid plants that crowd or provide too much shade because Roses do not like to compete for water, nutrients or sunlight which I believe is the case with your Creeping Jenny. It is better to choose clumping type of perennials or grasses that stay contained instead of spreading beyond their boundaries. Remember, your Standard is the main part of the piece and the most vulnerable so you want to substain it’s growth, beauty and health as much as possible. Sorry for the book of a comment, lol, I just wanted to be as helpful as I possibly could by sharing what I have learned through trial and error. Your babies are absolutely gorgeous and the Creeping Jenny looks just like I imagined it would with the Standard. If that is indeed continuing to work for you, then maybe I will give it a try with my new one. Another tip that I have learned is the use of milk. Cow’s milk that is, not Almond or Rice but regular dairy whole milk. It gets rid of, prevents and controls powdery mildew and blackspot and also is a great feed for your roses. Use 1/3 cup milk to 2/3 cup of water in a spray bottle and spray the tops and bottoms of the leaves generously to run off then spray the entire plant as well as the soil surrounding it as you would with a fungicide. Make sure to do this WEEKLY during the early morning or evening. I have been doing this and I tell you, it has made a drastic difference and my roses LOVE IT. It has made them bloom and fill it dramatically. I hope that I helped and gave some insight on different ideas and options that you could use in the future. God Bless and happy gardening darlin’!
      -Tisha from Cedartown, Georgia

      • Thanks for this great information Tisha. Unfortunately, my standard roses died once winter came. Those planters are too heavy/large for me to move to the garage so I end up having to replant them every year. The Creeping Jenny died in one of the pots and I think I transplanted it out of the other one. I do love how it looks, didn’t realize it was a weed. lol Thanks again for all this great information…so helpful! I bet you have a gorgeous garden! I need to visit Rambo Nursery one day. I used to pass it all the time when I biked on the Silver Comet Trail.

        • Tisha Armstrong says

          I love biking on the Silver Comet. My family and I make a family day out of i . Its so beautiful and relaxing while getting in that work out at the same time. I hate to hear that about your standard with all the work you put in. Burlap wrapped around the trunk after mulching with leaves(or regular mulch if you’d like) will help during the winter months. I’ve even seen people put thin clear platic garbage bags around the entire plant for winter. They said it helped hold in the heat while letting the plant still get the sun it needs but protecting it from the harsh winter winds and such. Can’t say I have used that method but I do use burlap and mulch on the containers I can’t bring in. And thank you for the nice compliments. I try my best to keep my deck garden as healthy and colorful as I can with 3 boys to raise and my small farm of animal . Lol gets difficult sometimes. But as soon as the construction for the additions on our house is finished, I can plant in the ground and start my raised beds and all that jaz . But containers and hanging baskets will do for now πŸ™‚ And please do stop in at Rambo next time you’re in the area. They are my absolute favorite nursery and my go to for everything. I don’t think I’d have my deck garden without them. Very knowledgeable and so friendl . I love your stories and your site. I’m so glad I came across it. If I can help in any other way, please feel free to give me a shou . Thank you for all your lovely and helpful post . God bless!

  54. Donna Mabe says

    Just purchased 4 Topiary Knock Out Roses, not sure what to do as my landscaper said they require full sun and our backyard along the fence where I planned to plant them is 50/50 sun/shade do not know what to do….any suggestions?? The gentleman at the garden center stated roses will grow anywhere….however I would like to enjoy pretty blooms?? Plant or return??

    • Donna, I got a fair amount of roses on the knockout rose topiaries I had on my deck and they were in partial shade during the day. If they weren’t too expensive, it might be worth keeping them to give ’em a try. They went through stages, not heavily covered all the time but almost always with some roses.

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