Roses - Knowledgebase Question

St. Louis, Mi
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Question by KAhlemeyer
May 14, 2010
I'm updating my subdivision entrance. Is there a rose that is low maintenance, doesn't grow very tall and looks good in the winter even if it is not blooming? Any suggestions? Would day lillies work there as well?

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2010
Knock Out Roses are shrubby and mounding but will need to be pruned to maintain it at 3-4 feet. It loses its leaves in the winter but if you don't prune off the dead flowers, rosehips will develop which will provide winter interest. A second shrub to consider is Cranberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus). It's a slow growing, mounding plant that retains bright berries all winter long. It reaches 1.5' tall by 5' wide with fountain-like, weeping stems. Daylilies will grow nicely there, too. Enjoy!

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