Knockout roses are pretty popular in this part of the country, and for any number of reasons. They require virtually no maintenance and are disease resistant. They grow well either potted or planted. Knockout roses resist drought well, particularly important in the dry Southern summer months. They produce many flowers and will continue to do so until the first hard frost. And besides, they're real pretty.
When I last posted a photograph of the knockout roses we have growing at our house, someone commented to me that he was surprised I hadn't put together a time lapse yet. I had already been thinking about it, and have even attempted it, but wasn't getting the results I wanted. So I carried it out a different way. So here's the knockout rose from bud to blossom to withering.