Dr. Leda 2001;
In less than a year, legions of devout fans have stopped just short of forming a cult around this rose. Gardeners who grow it report that it is almost unbelievably disease resistant, never needs spraying. And, they say, it never stops blooming. Impervious to even the most intense summer heat, the reliable 3-foot shrub is covered with a profusion of semi-double blooms from early spring through late fall. The color is a beautiful bright crimson-cherry red that goes wonderfully with all shades of pink. I've just planted ten Knock Outs in front of the picket fence along my driveway, and I'm fully prepared for the onslaught of Grey-Line tour buses, drooling neighbors, and garden magazines competing fiercely to have me on their covers come spring.