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Distinguishing traits. This rose has a great medium size, which allows it to be used in many areas of the garden — from borders to containers. It features dark green leaves and blooms in reds, pinks and yellows. The flowers can have single or double petals, but the only one that has fragrance is the Sunny Knock Out.
There is no need to deadhead these roses, as one of their best features is that they will bloom nearly continuously without removing the faded flowers.
How to use it. Because of their medium size, Knock Out roses complement any landscape and are perfect in perennial borders and container plantings. They also combine beautifully with other flowering plants, provided you choose those with similar sun and water requirements.
Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp, zones 3 to 9) are perfect spring/summer complements, as are purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, zones 3 to 9). For a nonblooming partner, choose lamb's ears (Stachys byzantina, zones 4 to 10). For a great autumn companion you can't beat Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha, zones 8 to 11).
Planting notes. Make sure your soil is loose, fertile and well drained, and choose the sunniest site in your garden for planting.
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