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David Austin Climbing Rose Recommendations please

lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
Hi All, 
I would like to choose a new climbing rose to go next to my front door and train it up and horizontally around our lounge window and I'd appreciate your advice / help in making a good choice.
The aspect is north,(ish) my soil is lovely enriched clay. The house is red brick and the front door is white. The front garden path has deep borders either side with plants with mainly blue, apricot , orange and yellow flowers. There is also a Lady Emma Hamilton rose planted each side, and a bright blue ceanothus shrub under the window.
I am tempted by Wollerton Old Hall, l like the shape of its blooms. I also quite like Crown Princess Margareta and Teasing Georgia.
Does anyone have experience of any of these roses? How thorny they are, good foliage or prone to blackspot, scent, growth habit or would recommend another climbing rose they are thrilled with? It doesn't have to be an Austin rose by the way.
I have a credit note from my local garden centre from returning a failed Jude the Obscure rose l had in my back garden so need to buy it this weekend whilst it's still in date so can't wait to see any in flower.


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,165

    I have Crown Princess Margareta and Teasing Georgia. Teasing Georgia is doing much better, I don't know why. Either would go well with your colour scheme. I think Wollerton Old Hall is too pale pink.

    It's dark so I'm not going outside now, can't remember if she's prickly or not.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,857
    Teasing Georgia is a lovely rose and very floriferous in my experience.   Not sure it would get big enough to go over a door and along a window tho.  Mine was on a 2m high and wide trellis panel in my last garden and did not try to escape.  I've got a cutting of it for this new garden but it's just a baby yet.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I've got the Wollerton Old Hall, it flowers very well though mine is against a west facing fence. This photo was taken last year
  • lovegardening77lovegardening77 Posts: 332
    edited March 2019
    It's a bit thorny but not too much and smells gorgeous, apparently the fragrance is like myrrh. Some of the leaves got a bit spotty so I cut them off and fed it then it was fine. I like it and it just keeps on flowering for months.
  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    Thankyou for responding @Busy-Lizzie, it's helpful to know which is growing more strongly out of the two. Wollerton Old Hall is described as soft apricot but does look pinky on @lovegardening77 lovely picture.

    Thanks @Obelixx, another nudge towards Teasing Georgia then. I popped out the front for another look at the available space for a new rose. We always use our back door so I thought I'd better check. I have decided it doesn't need to go above the window, the window is taller than it looks and I am shorter than I thought so I don't want to be climbing on things to deadhead and tie in. So I will probably go for a shrub rose that sends out longer canes I can train where I want flowers, like I've done with Gertrude Jekyll.

    That's a lovely rose @lovegardening77...stunning.

    I've been having a good search online for suitable roses for a north aspect and admit I'm confused, and am no closer to making a choice. Got entranced by some beautiful deep red varieties but I guess they might clash? 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,437
    Consider 'Lady Of Shalott'... blooms all summer into winter, easy to train, musky scented and gorgeous colour... 8 x 6 foot … north facing is not a problem..

    or 'Bathsheba'.. few thorns, pliable thin canes, easy to train... honey scented.. grows north facing here..

    happy choosing your rose !... 
    East Anglia, England
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,437
    Here's 'Wollerton Old Hall'... one of the strongest scents, but a very tall lanky grower..
    It will flop over without tons of support...

    East Anglia, England
  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    Thanks @Marlorena, those two do look promising. I like the loose flower form of the Lady of Shallot. It looks good against the brickwork too. I still really like Wollerton Old Hall but agree it's not for this position. It's flowers remind me of my pink Spirit of Freedom Austin rose, which I think is a wonderful climber. I will admit that I usually try and choose a AGM rose thinking they will be better than others, but now know any can fail and just die back if its a weak plant in the first place. 
  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    @Marlorena Bathsheba is gorgeous, I've just been looking at it on YouTube. So you grow it in a northerly aspect? The few thorns sounds good too being next to the front door.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,437
    ...thank you... yes north facing, against my shed wall actually... it's about 6-7 foot tall at the moment but I've attached supports to train it up further.. I'm wanting about 10 foot from it which I hope to get this summer...
    Go with your heart.. if you really like one in particular, get that one and see how it does for you...  we don't have to keep these things forever if we don't like them too much..

    East Anglia, England
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