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Rose "Silver Jubilee" or "Pretty Lady"?

Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,845
I think I've now got room for a small rose in my main border which can be seen from both sides. I prefer the classic HT shape of flower and would it to be free flowering. 
I'm thinking 2 x 2 ft, possibly a little higher. It would be near to a Spirea "Goldflame, Heuchera " Rio" (peachy red) heuchellera "Redstone Falls" and a purple thalictrum, also purple Allium Christophii in season  In the background from the lawn side it would be in front of a Potentilla "Abbotswood White" and behind that, is rose "Eglantyne" (pale pink). I've narrowed it down to a choice of these two but which is the better choice of colour and flowering? Grateful for any comments - I'm dithering too much! 


  • yorkshireroseyorkshirerose North YorkshirePosts: 574
    It depends on whether or not you want another soft pink rose or a deeper pink. Also do you want a Floribunda, (cluster rose), which is Pretty Lady, or a more vigorous Hybrid Tea, Silver Jubilee.
    I think with the shrubs you mention, I would choose Pretty Lady, but choice is a very personal thing.

    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,845
    thanks Yorkshire rose. I'm hoping to get a colour that will blend in with the peachy pink tones of the heuchera and spirea, but not clash with the pale pink Eglantyne - decisions, decisions!!
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,845
    edited October 2018
    Decided on Silver Jubilee so went to the GC to get one but no luck. Have now ordered a bareroot one online.  Figured that if I didn't like the colour next year, I could always move it and try Pretty Lady instead!  Jonestherose much cheaper than David Austen or Peter Beales.
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 6,098
    I like the Silver Jubilee colour better for the plants you mention, Lizzie, but as Yorkshire rose says, all a matter of personal taste. I find roses are never the colour they say they are (not with my summer heat, anyway, mostly paler or pinkier, like Lady Emma Hamilton, which is a really weird colour here) so I’ve ended up with some, er, interesting, unplanned combos!
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,845
    That's my problem as well Nollie!  I've only just realized that there's a poppy "Patty's Plum" really close to where the rose will be - duh! I'm hoping maybe that the poppy will be over before the rose flowers - fingers crossed, otherwise it might be a terrible clash of colours, not my thing. I am trying to be a bit more adventurous though, getting a bit bored now with very tasteful pastel combos.
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 6,098
    I am learning to live with clashes, all over the place here, plus a hot colour border being rather more tepid than desired!
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