These have been nice for a week or so, but they will start to fade in another few days. It is starting to get warm and they like cooler weather.
This is what is blooming in my back garden right now. Other things will replace them soon. The idea is to have something blooming all the time.
The shrub rose is a relatively new variety. I planted these about 3 years ago to make a screen along the side yard. At the time the fence along this side was chain link and Smokey liked to run up and down and bark at whatever was next door. The problem was that in doing so he stomped on the roses and broke them down. Mike extended the wooden privacy fence and that eliminated the problem. Now that he is not stepping on the rose bushes they are filling in and getting taller.
The variety is called Knockout. It is hardy, desease resistant and practically indestructable. It also blooms non-stop all summer until frost. The blooms are not individually showy but bloom in mass. Since I planted these another variety has been introduced that is fuller and a darker red. Not surprisingly it has become a very popular rose for landscape planting.