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I have a small garden that stays very moist, sometimes it is soggy. I would like to plant knockout rose bushes, will they grow in this condition?

I have a small garden that stays very moist - sometimes the soil and lawn around it is soggy. Not only does this area get water from our sprnkler, but also from our neighbor watering their lawn. I live in zone 9 -Houston,TX. I have two crepe mrytles growing now offering some reasonable shade. I would very much like to plant some knockout rose bushes around the perimeter of this garden. Since I have read that the knockout roses are drought resistant, as are the crepe mrytles, I worry that the rose bushes will not grow and will waste away, since I have no control over my neighbors watering routine. The crepe mrytles are doing beautifully, so I'm thinking there might be a chance with planting the knockout rose bushes. . . . . The garden has a west sun. What is your professional opinion? I would appreciate any input and advice you may have. Thank you. Spring, Tx

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