Suggestion for everblooming shrub needed

gee_ess(z6)April 6, 2013

I have been researching this for a bit and am completely overwhelmed! I have a long retaining wall in my backyard and need a large, full, evergreen hedge along the top of it to soften the hillside above the retaining wall. I really want a row of shrub roses up there to give the hard landscape some color.

This rose needs to be everblooming, disease resistant, and mounded in shape, preferably 4 ft or so tall. I do not want to see the "legs" of the plant, if possible. I am in southeast missouri and this area is very sunny but does have access to water. Oh, and I am a very lazy gardener and would prefer not to deadhead.

Everyone here is crazy for Knockouts but I think that is mainly because this is all the local garden centers are selling. I don't mind ordering a variety to make sure I get what I need.

Would love suggestions. Am leaning toward red because the area is so sunny and like strong colors in the sun.

Thank you!

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How about Perle d'Or. Easiest rose I grow. Bush is always blooming.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 11:33PM
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predfern(z5 Chicago)

Also consider Easy Elegance roses such as Kashmir. Check local nursery

Here is a link that might be useful: Kashmir

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 11:37PM
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catsrose(VA 6)

Very few (none) roses will be evergreen, much less everblooming in zone 6. That said, a great many Hybrid Musks and Polyanthas are 'continuous' bloomers, continuous meaning from May thru Oct. They come in all sizes and colors, including some, such as Weeping China Doll and Red Cascade, that will drape over the wall.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 7:57AM
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thank you for the suggestions. I should have been more clear - I meant ever blooming throughout the growing season. Our winter nights can get in the single digits on rare occasions!

One important thing I do need is for this bush to be upright. The wall already has a hardy variety of Caroina Jasmine growing along the top and cascading over. This shrub is needed to soften and improve the looks of the unsightly hill that is being held back by the retaining wall.

Will definitely look into those that are suggested.

thank you!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 11:47AM
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Belinda's Dream (pink) is wonderful down here, not sure about your area. I don't grow it, but Julia Child (yellow) is gorgeous in the gardens I have seen it in.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 4:11PM
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Belinda's Dream gets 6-7' tall and wide, and you can really see the "legs" on her. Julia Child would be a good choice if it can take the climate, I think.

Knockout has a lot of press, and too many landscapers are using it, so thanks for wanting something else. To me, it's the new ligustrum.

If you don't mind something that will get taller and bushy, there are a lot of OGR shrub roses that might work. Such as Blush Noisette, Mme Joseph Schwartz, Mrs. B.R. Cant, to name three.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 4:44PM
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Mrs. B.R.C gets much larger than BD in my garden. BD is bushy all the way to the ground and extremely healthy. No bare ankles here. She's on Fortuniana here. As they say, YMMV. Natchithoches Noisette, own root, is a beautifully rounded, healthy four foot rose here. Is Zone 6 too cold for Noisettes?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 5:31PM
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catsrose(VA 6)

You might also try Rugosas. They are nearly maintenance free. They will take the cold, many are nearly continuous bloomers if it doesn't get too hot, don't need to be sprayed, and most have good autumn color and lovely hips. Many also sucker, so if you are looking for a 'hedge' they will grow into it easily.

Hybrid Musks and Polyanthas have more the knock-out look, but you want to be careful on size, as many of the HMs can get quite large and the Polys can be very small. Both will handle zone 6.

Hybrid Teas and Floribundas require more work and are less cold hardy even on grafts.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 12:02AM
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