White Out

“White Out”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

I love white flowers. I love roses. I love white roses.

Gardening in the hot, humid south means that some plants struggle here. Roses are one of those plants. Because of our high humidity, if you want to grow roses without having to spray, that means no hybrid teas. The few roses that I grow are floribundias, Ghinas, or Knockouts. The white rose I have is Iceberg. While it does bloom very well in the spring, the three I have just seem to struggle. I think they just aren’t real happy here. That is why I was looking forward to the development of a white Knockout rose.

I have had great success with the Knockouts. While I have one of the red and one pink Knockouts, it is Blushing that is my favorite. There are now four of that one in the garden, but it is a white one that I really wanted. Last year I read about White Out (Rosa Radwhite) from the developer of the Knockout roses. While this is not a Knockout rose, it is the closest they have come to a white Knockout. It is supposed to bloom as profusely as a Knockout, but reportedly, it is not quite as disease resistant.



I found White Out when my sister and I went shopping last Friday. (The above photo was taken before new buds opened, so the flower is a little damaged from being in the car.) I was so excited to find this rose. I had been looking online since I had not seen it locally, but the shipping costs can be very high for container roses. This rose is supposed to be resistant to diseases and a prolific bloomer like the Knockouts. The flowers have been described as cream white, but I think they are really white.

I am hopeful that this new rose will perform well in my garden. If it does, I will be planting more. I can’t have enough white flowers.



  1. garden mary said,

    July 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    It is always nice to finally find something you have been wanting and looking for. This does look like a nice rose. Hope you have success with it.

  2. Sue said,

    July 14, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I always like to see the new plants you have. I had never heard of this rose before reading your blog.

  3. Amy said,

    September 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I just planted 3 that I ordered from a nursery online. They’re super cute already, they started blooming right away. They are in an island next to house, incrediball hydrangeas will be in the background when they come in, and a contorted hazelnut ornamental tree is in the center. I’m really excited to see how pretty and big the white roses get! Thanks for the picture Jan

    • Jan said,

      September 29, 2010 at 4:31 am

      Mine is doing fine; I can’t wait for spring, they should be so pretty. It is amazing how well these bloom even when very small.

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