I realize the statement in the title of this first post likely runs contrary to what many of you have read or learned about roses.  Heck, it probably runs contrary to your own experience with roses!


Simply really.  You see, for the last 30-40 years most roses sold in the United States were Hybrid Teas really bred for the cut-flower industry or for exhibiting.  For that purpose they were great.  However, put those same roses in the garden and you generally ended up with a bush that left much to be desired.  You know what I mean.  Sticks with flowers on top.  The only way to get the plant looking half-way decent was to apply lots of fertilizer, sprays and sacrificing an azalea or two to the plant gods.

In truth there are many roses easy to care for and are truly just flowering shrubs in your garden.  They are called Garden Roses.  Knockout is a garden rose and I bet many of you grow it, love it and wish there were more roses like it.

Luckily there are!  Over time this blog will introduce you to other Garden Roses and how to care them in a simple and sustainable manner.  You will discover you care for Garden Roses pretty much like any other flowering shrub in your garden.


Because Roses Are Plants, Too!

Welcome to the wonderful world of Garden Roses

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