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Charlotte, NC
dave123
Jun 11, 2017 6:03 PM CST
Hello!

My father is an avid gardener and he lives in Charlotte, NC. Today he informed me that his twenty Knockout Rose bushes have Rose Rosette disease and cannot be saved. He spoke with multiple local nurseries and they said that this virus is running rampant and that he cannot even re-plant rose bushes where he currently has these knockouts.

He said that knockout roses are a great plant that grows to be large and blooms almost all year round. He is doubtful that he can find another plant that will be a good replacement.

What are some options? He would love a plant that he can put all around his yard that will bloom for the majority of the year. He told me today that his knockout roses bloom from March-December! That is amazing and maybe unparalleled?

Thank you!
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jun 11, 2017 6:33 PM CST
Ouch! Hard to take that kind of loss. I have a Heritage Rose that blooms 8-10 months of the year, but it is the only one I have to be so productive.

If you have more information about his preferences, you can try a search in the Plants Database--it allows for searching by plant characteristics.

If he wants to consider something slightly different from the usual flowering shrub like Roses or Azaleas, I have a Cascading Rosemary "Irene" that blooms several times per year all the way into December. The flowers are less showy than a Rose (obviously Hilarious! ) and this one is shorter than a Knockout at three feet tall, although the spread is about five feet. These images are from Christmas Day, 2015 and February, 2016. We had a warmer than usual Winter, but, even in normal years, I have blooms at least into November.
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Although they don't flower year round, maybe he could mix up some miniature Crape Myrtles with other shrubs? The Miniatures get to be around four feet, I think.

I have had Rose of Sharons bloom multiple times during the year. They can be kept trimmed down, or there are dwarf versions.

Don't know if any of this helps, hope you and he find something he is happy with. Thumbs up
This, too, shall pass.
Charlotte, NC
dave123
Jun 12, 2017 5:35 PM CST
Hey there! Thank you for your reply! I will pass this information along to him!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jun 12, 2017 6:00 PM CST
You are welcome. Smiling
This, too, shall pass.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jun 13, 2017 9:25 AM CST
Dave,

Found this link today in a discussion where the originator had to dig out all her Knockouts and was looking for information. Might be some useful ideas for your dad in it. Thumbs up
http://dcmga.com/north-texas-g...

Debra
This, too, shall pass.
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Newyorkrita
Jun 13, 2017 9:32 AM CST
Really that is such a shame as I don't know if anything to replace them with that would be as pretty. But I do suggest Spirea Neon Flash. All the Spireas are very hardy and they do bloom a lot.

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