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  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

P. Allen Smith | The Best Site for Your Rose Garden | PBS

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Program: P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

The Knock Out Family of Roses makes designing a rose garden simple because they are so easy to grow. These roses are cold hardy, drought and heat tolerant and disease resistant so they are more versatile when it comes to their surroundings than other roses. There are only three points to consider when selecting a site for a Knock Out Rose garden. First, choose a sunny spot. Roses require at least six hours of sun each day for best performance. Then, make sure your roses have enough room to grow. Whether you plant one or a hundred roses, make sure your rose garden is large enough to give your roses room to grow and breathe. The Knock Out Family of Roses matures at three to four feet tall and equally as wide. When you plan your garden space, plant the roses four feet apart, good air circulation will assist their natural disease resistance. Air flowing around the shrubs will keep the foliage dry and reduce humidity, helping to cut down on fungal diseases. Next, determine what size you want your rose garden. Be realistic in estimating how much time you can devote to the garden and plan its size accordingly. Even though the Knock Out Family of Roses are low maintenance there are tasks to consider such as watering, care for companion plants and tending to the general area. Opt for small and beautiful - you can always expand in the future if you find you have more time.

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Post Date: December 30, 2011