Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum and new to flower gardening. I've always grown vegetables but purchased a town house last year and inherited an amazing flower garden out back that runs down the left and right of my patio, full of perennials. Clematis that climb up trellises covering the "privacy fence" on each side, tiger lilly's, hastas, different flowers at heights, each blooming at a different time of the spring/summer....This guy really knew what he was doing and he was good.
Last summer it looked absolutely stunning. We moved in early June and when I asked what I had to do for upkeep the guy said "you don't have to do anything, they'll just keep coming back better each year".
Well what I didn't know is that I did have to do something with his/now my awesome rose tree's that flank the front of each side of my patio. I just went out to prune them last night after watching some videos, and what I found were what look to be black spots (although they're more reddish brown) EVERYWHERE... Literally every green stem has them. They do, however, have some new green nodes. Are these tree's done for? Do I have to start over? Can I salvage them? Or is this normal looking?