TaDa! 'Home Run'
'Home Run' is a seedling of the infamous 'Knock Out' rose. So, if 'Knock Outs' work well for you in your garden, and you are wanting a smaller rose, look for a 'Home Run'.
'Knock Out' - 'Home Run'. O.K, I get it - but why couldn't they have named this rose something a little more romantic?
'Knock Out' roses can get huge; they also have a strange metallic pink twinge that some people find offensive. (I don't.) 'Home Run', however, has all the assets of it's 'Knock Out' parent without the liabilities. Small in size, it stays a nice 2 to 3 ft. tall, with a rounded habit. The blooms are about 3 in. in size, and the color is a true red. Velvety is an accurate description. Very slight scent. I stuck my nose in it to make sure. The best asset of this rose is that 'Home Run' is extremely resistant to blackspot, and is also resistant to powdery mildew. This is one rose you should try at home!
I have 'Home Run' in the walking garden. With its bright red blooms, and the red camellia in full bloom, it's satisfying to see.
And even though it's silly that 'Home Run' has its own web page, home-run-rose.com, the history of how they took 288 seedlings and ended up with this one rose is a very interesting glimpse into the rose world. Definitely worth taking the time to read.