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Choosing a Rose for the Right Place

I have a new bed and 6ft wall which is very sheltered but very sunny until lunch time then very shady.  This is by the kitchen window and next to the patio.  I'm looking for a white climbing rose that is disease free.  Has anyone got any suggestions?


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,760
    @Marlorena is our rose expert, so she maybe able to help, when she sees this.
    Also worth looking at the David Austin site, as they will advise on roses for specific sites.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • JemulaJemula Posts: 176
    Snow Goose, a David Austin repeat flowering rambler, has never had a hint of any disease in my garden and is quick to repeat, but you ask for climber recommendations so you may prefer larger flowers.
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 385
    Sorry to jump on op original. But I'm after somethig specific too !! A dark pink large repeat flowering old rose. I've looked at mme isaac perrerire...which looks like a tough old to suggestions though. Needs to tolerate dryish but rich soil...somewhere between dappled shade and full son. Needs good repeat flowering
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,946
    It would be good to know how large a rose you can accommodate, or can deal with... whether you want a full bloom, or can tolerate single or semi-double flowers, and whether scent is a concern to you or not... 
    White roses and disease free are also not usual companions, unless you go a little ''off piste'' so to speak, as I do and as Jemula has intimated above...

    However, as it's to be placed near a kitchen window, here are some roses I think you would probably enjoy...

    'Sombreuil'...  this is a truly wonderful [if rather thorny] climbing rose, with a fresh apple scent, sometimes quite strong, othertimes less so..  very healthy for most people... [ignore any remarks about it being an old rose from the 19th Century, it isn't, it arrived circa 1950]…

    'Crème de la Crème'... less scent but a very healthy modern rose, glowing creamy white..

    'Climbing Iceberg'... often planted, and after a couple of years, turns into a truly wonderful brilliant white climber, easy to train, and not too thorny either...  a light fresh scent...  really one of the best white climbers.. suffers perhaps by being seen too often..

    If you don't mind a yellowish centre then 'Clarence House' is a long flowering climber, bred by the late Amanda Beales, with a strong old rose scent... 

    More unusual white climbing/large shrub roses would be... 'Snow Goose' as Jemula mentioned above... 'Kew Gardens' .. a simply fantastic thornless shrub rose 8 x 6 foot, little scent, but always in bloom.. the flowers are single, like a wild rose..

    'Blush Noisette'... strongly scented of cloves, white/blush pink, flowers in massed corymbs, with dozens of small flowers... not to everyone's taste, a collectors choice really... historically important, dating from 1814..

    There are so many more, and the choice is yours... enjoy your roses, and happy choosing a great variety for your garden space... 
    East Anglia, England
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 385
    Can anyone help with my pink rose query. Very similar to ops setup but a large bush/shrub instead of a climber @Marlorena any recemedations?

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,946
    edited August 2018
    As it's you Jason, no problem, I do tire somewhat of answering members who never get back to you.... it makes you think ''what's the point?''..

    ... Is a 6 x 5 foot ok for you?... highly scented,... not too many thorns, but they are there... healthy foliage, no need to spray, and blooms constantly from May till frosts?..

    If the answer is 'yes'... then 'Royal Jubilee' is the rose you want... however, there is usually a trade off, and that is, you must give it 3 seasons, it does not look its best in year 1, the blooms droop and it doesn't flower all summer... it gets better in year 2, you start to see what it can do, but from year 3 it is exceptional !... it will also perform like this in less than full sun - just a few hours will do... that's all I can say..

    Oh, just to show I'm not being biased towards Austins, I will give you another that you will find on Beales website.... 'Ivor's Rose'... this is a truly exceptional rose... not so much scent though...

    East Anglia, England
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 385
    Sorry for pestering Marlorena but I find your advice invaluable. I too like DA but would like a bit of a change.

     I have only one rose bred by pb and it's exceptional if not a little bit more demanding than DA roses

    I'll be looking up your suggestions...ty again

    P.s we realy do not a pinned rose keep all these threads together
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,946
    that's ok.. thanks... so many pink roses to choose from, it's bewildering at the best of times..
    East Anglia, England
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 385
    Ivor rose looks a stunner right enough!! And virtually evergreen too.

    Just need to weigh up the lack of scent as the roses will be close the front door
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,946
    Go with your heart Jason, and choose the rose that you really want..   we can recommend all sorts of roses, but ultimately it's important to choose a rose that makes you happy, and that way you learn by your mistakes, if it doesn't quite work out..

    I buy all sorts of roses because I fall in love with them, some I keep and some you just fall out with... that's life...
    East Anglia, England
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