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Beryl3Beryl3 Posts: 5

I'm erecting an arch at the entrance to a farden kitchen area and I was thinking of planting a climbing rose either side to climb over it. Im looking for one (or two) that are really highly scented. Not fixed on the colour, more interested in the knock your socks off fragrance. Can anyone advise please?

Last edited: 29 June 2017 14:15:22


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,915

    One thing to consider are the prickles (thorns). Unless it's a wide arch there's a chance of getting stabbed each time you pass - as I know with roses growing on my pergola.
    There's a selection of thornless roses here-

    For an outstanding scent you'll be hard-pushed to better a climbing Gertrude Jekyll

    Billericay - Essex

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  • Dilly3Dilly3 Posts: 91

    Zephrine Drouhin is thornless and has a good scent and a nice colour. 

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    Mortimer Sackler gets my vote (it's my avatar).  Virtually thornless, flowers over long period and lovely perfume. I have two growing over an arch.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,606

    I have Gertrude Jekyll, lovely fragrance but very thorny. I think Mortimer Sackler would be better.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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