But this time I am not sure if I have made a gardening oops or not. Have I?
These are knockout roses. Rosa 'Radrazz'. Not the fine specimens that rose connoisseurs value, but easy care, garden staples. The foliage is disease free with an interesting shiny maroon tint when it first emerges.
They bloom all summer, although this year mine took a month off between the end of June and the end of July. They are reblooming again now, though.
Planting knockout roses is not necessarily an "oops" --- I am fine with common, workhorse plants in my garden.
But I can't decide if I like these or not. Too bright. Not a good deep red, not a cheerful cherry, just an indeterminate mid red color and gaudy. The masses of blooms cover these plants so profusely they look artificial, steroidal.
I planted three and they have grown into a big stand at the top of the driveway. Noticeable from the street, a good screen from behind, and a color statement.
But. I think they are a mistake.
The foliage of the smokebush planted next to them is a subtle purple in spring, and becomes a mixed gray-blue / rust-red color in summer. It has a translucent blush on the leaves that doesn't go with the saturated high color of the roses. The medicine red of the roses simply makes the smokebush look brown.
On the other side is a dwarf globe blue spruce. The powdery silver of the spruce next to the glare of the roses is off as well.
Isolated blooms, with soft white creeping thyme below, can be nice enough.
But the whole effect is too much. Even the camera thinks so, and burps loudly when trying to capture this pepto shade.
What do you think? A garden oops?
|Margaret Roach's rose from A Way to Garden|
Would you do it? Would you call my stand of knockout roses a design mistake and take out healthy robust plants just because they're too extroverted and they don't match anything?