Roses Made Easy
Suggestions from Knock Out's creator
Bill Radler of Milwaukee was specifically seeking a rose that needed less care when he created the Knock Out. Since its introduction in 2000, it has become the best-selling rose in the world.
Bill, the retired director of Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee, has continued to develop roses. He especially recommends Brite Eyes for its citrusy fragrance and Rainbow Knock Out for its prolific blooms.
He's also still a fan of his original creation. Knock Out is low-maintenance and Japanese beetle-resistant, Bill says.
Knock Out and Brite Eyes don't need deadheading. All three of Bill's recommended shrub roses resist black spot and leafhoppers.
Pictured: Rainbow Knock Out