Replacement shrubs for roses that have rosette disease
Q: I saw your Facebook post about watching for rose rosette disease in spring. Once I have dug and destroyed mine, what can I replace them with?
A: There are several good substitutes for a shrub rose. Dwarf abelia (‘Rose Creek’, ‘Kaleidoscope’, ‘Radiance’, etc) works very well. Small gardenias (‘Jubilation’, ‘Radicans’, ‘Frost proof’, etc) are evergreen and scented. Small shrubs that lose their leaves in winter include weigela, dwarf butterfly bush, dwarf crapemyrtle, and most of the Encore series of azaleas. They give a wide variety of flower color and bloom times.