What Shrubs Can Replace My Diseased Roses?
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’, ‘Radience’, etc) works very well. Small gardenia
(‘Jubilation’, ‘Radicans’, ‘Frost proof’, etc) are evergreen and scented. The
Encore series of azaleas give a wide variety of flower color and bloom times.
Small shrubs that lose their leaves in winter include weigela, dwarf butterfly
bush, and dwarf crapemyrtle.