What happens if you don’t prune?
I write a lot of articles about pruning and actually the articles on pruning Knockout Roses are the most popular ones on my blog site. One of my rules on landscape design is to plant so that the project will look finished in five years. Today, I visited a site that I had planted about that long ago and I thought I would share.
I love the way the rose grew in. I parked my white Dodge minivan behind it to give an idea of scale. This rose has never been pruned
I had been asked to design a small privacy screen that would not be just a row of plants. I studied on the problem and decided that I would use a juxtaposition of textures, colors, and sizes in an irregular pattern.
I chose one of my favorites—Arizona cypress for the blue tint in the winter time, Knockout rose for the summer bloom, and a semi dwarf crape myrtle that would give shade for the summer and allow the sun to shine through in the winter.
The design turned out to be a good one. The plants were planted and never pruned. Actually, other than growing them in the first year, they were never watered. The plants performed well and survived a couple of droughts.
The Knockout rose was in full bloom in mid-November even after two periods of heavy frost. It is approximately ten feet high and eight feet across.
The crape myrtle has dropped almost all of its leaves, but you may still see the effects of its screening in the summertime.
And, here’s a view from another window showing the cypress, rose, and an arborvitae.
Nest summer, I may prune the back side of the rose away from the Arizona cypress. But, then again, I may not.
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