Sunny Knock Out® Shrub Rose

The Only Fragrant Knock Out®!
Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item # 48719
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These 3-inch blooms open butter-yellow, then mature to pure white.

Plant Patent #18,562. Cultivar name: 'RADsunny'

Just when you think the Knock Out® series may be complete, another new look comes along to astound and delight! Sunny Knock Out® has large blooms that open buttery yellow, then mature through all stages of cream and ivory to pure white. But its most interesting feature is that unlike the others in the series, it is fragrant, releasing a woodsy, apple-like scent best described as sweetbriar.

These single blooms reach 3 inches across and radiate soft, bright color from late spring until first hard frost. Very abundant, they lighten and brighten any setting, and once they are fully blooming, the combination of yellow, cream, and white blooms is breathtaking. This plant tends to repeat in great waves, so it is seldom caught out of bloom over its long, long season!

Like other Knock Outs®, Sunny is very resistant to blackspot as well as to mildew, rust, and Japanese beetles. Vigorous and very well-branched, it reaches 4 to 4½ feet tall and spreads nearly as wide, with excellent branching studded with buds and blooms. A carefree joy for any sunny setting from the rose garden to a hedge, foundation, or border, Sunny Knock Out® is not to be missed!

If you like the idea of a rose that blooms heavily over 3 seasons without spraying or pruning, resists blackspot and other problems, and always looks fresh and tidy, you must try other Knock Outs® as well. Zones 5-9.

Genus Rosa
Variety 'RADsunny'
ppaf PP#18,562
Zone 5 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Late Spring - Late Fall
Habit Upright
PlantHeight 4 ft - 4 ft 6 in
PlantWidth 3 ft - 4 ft
BloomSize 3 in
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Repeat Bloomer, Rose Hips
Bloom Color Cream, White, Yellow
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Black Spot, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Powdery Mildew, Rust
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Hedge
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Bareroot or Container?

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Have you browsed through your favorite gardening catalog or website looking for the newest roses to plant in your garden and wondered whether it would be best to choose bareroot roses or those in nursery pots? Or does it matter? If you’re like most rose gardeners, this question has come up at one point or another. And we want to help you find the answer as to what’s the best for you and your garden.

Bareroot Roses


Bareroot roses are an inexpensive and easy option for early-season planting. In fact, late winter is the best time to plant. Bareroot roses meet the highest industry standards. They arrive dormant, which makes them ideal for planting. The roots get to acclimate to native soil, as opposed to the packaged soil. And of course, since they aren't in soil when you get them, there’s no mess to contend with.

Bareroot roses may look dead, with their brown roots and dormant stem, but plants that arrive this way actually have the advantage of being able to focus their energies on strong root development rather than having to support an extensive growth of leaves during planting, which is very stressful.

You can plant your bareroot roses earlier in the growing season as well, since there aren't any leaves to get nipped back by frost. They can typically be planted as early as six weeks before your area’s last frost date in the spring. Since they don’t have to provide water to leaves or flowers, they usually establish quickly.


Container roses should typically be planted in late spring and fall. They’re easy to plant (all you need is a trowel), and they provide instant gratification, as they aren't dormant and will have buds within a few short weeks, if they don’t when they arrive. They’re also perfect for transplanting into decorative containers and make an attractive gift.

Container roses are usually nicely leafed out, and may even have flowers on them, which is a great way for you to know when you purchase them what they’re going to look and smell like. As you can see, there are advantages to both bareroot or container roses, so whichever you decide is the best for your garden, we feel certain you’ll become a lifelong rose lover, if you aren't already!

Sunny Knock Out® Shrub RoseSunny Knock Out® Shrub Rose
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I love this rose!
Rebecca from MO wrote (October 18, 2012):
I bought two of these in the spring, and they bloomed in a few months..... and are beautiful! I can't wait til next year for them to get bigger..... One word of caution, it says they are resistant to japanese beetles; this year we had japanese beetles worse than I have ever seen them and they loved to munch on these roses.... I sprayed them and they were fine.... I love the way these change color the longer they r open!
Fantastic fragrance, and pretty hardy
Janie Jurkiewicz from AL wrote (September 13, 2012):
I, actually, have the tree of this flower...the smell is out of this world but like many knockouts I own...they make great display roses over cutting roses