Forum home Plants

Any recommendations for a climbing rose over an arch pergola ?

Tiny01Tiny01 Posts: 72
Good morning all 

I’m thinking of adding a wrought iron arch over my workshop door & then planting some kind of rose / climber to grow up it . 

Nice growing conditions as it’s sheltered & south facing so plenty of light / sunshine ( hopefully lol ! ) 

what do you think would look nice in this area , I’m thinking a nice light coloured flower to stand out against the dark wood logs 


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,910
    I think white or yellow would be nice... I hope you plan to put them in the ground and not grow in pots ...?..  it would be best to wait and see what your arch looks like when it's erected...
    East Anglia, England
  • Tiny01Tiny01 Posts: 72
    Marlorena said:
    I think white or yellow would be nice... I hope you plan to put them in the ground and not grow in pots ...?..  it would be best to wait and see what your arch looks like when it's erected...
    @Marlorena thanks for your reply , yes I think that those colours would work a treat , are you able to advise on a really good variety to use ? 

    Yes they will be able to get their feet into the ground as I’ve constructed planters that have compost / manure then into the soil below . 

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,910
    edited March 2019
    oh gosh I'm so terribly impressed... your lawn is edged beautifully, I like your fence and the brick enclosures with bamboo in them in each corner.. this is very tastefully arranged... I'm not clear about those little plants one against each fence post, but I expect you have more plans for those borders... 

    As for roses, it would depend on the height and width of your arch and what material you will use...[edit: oh I see it's to be wrought iron]... judging from what I see so far I would expect you to pull out the stops and get something at least half decent... people tend to buy cheap flimsy arches that don't last too long...  what I would recommend is that you buy the same rose twice, to plant one each side of your arch, otherwise it can look a bit odd, so then they join at the top in the middle and look 'as one'..

    As a tentative early suggestion I think perhaps 'The Generous Gardener' would be nice..
    East Anglia, England
  • Tom42Tom42 Posts: 5
    Generous gardener is a beautiful pink climbing rose. 
    I would lean towards a rambling rose called Adelaide d’orleans. It’s a truly wonderful rose. It’s all personal preference, that’s what makes gandering so brilliant. 

    Have be fun picking the perfect rose for you and I agree with getting two of the same variety. 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,910
    Well, it's blush pink fading to creamy white... but I see this as a modern looking garden and I just think it needs a rose with modern habits rather than an old fashioned rambler, as classic as that one is, it's a once bloomer - 3 to 4 weeks - old fashioned habits, and for a focal point like that, I would imagine the member would want something to flower longer..

    Difficult without seeing the structure in place, and some consideration must be given to maintenance of the workshop, painting etc... so perhaps a low thorn variety like climbing Iceberg might be another to consider.. but picking some out that one likes and then asking for opinions on them might be better... a lot to choose from.. 
    East Anglia, England
  • Tiny01Tiny01 Posts: 72
    Good morning thank you both so much for your suggestions it’s really appreciated. 
    The garden has been a big project over the winter months but I’m starting to get there now , I’m ok with the construction side of it , it’s just the plants / design that I’m struggling with as you can tell but that’s such an important part for me hence asking you for your advice . 
    I’ll be picking up & installing the new arch in the next few days so I’ll get that fitted & post some more pictures 

    have a good day :) 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,910
    Best of luck with that, hope it goes well and looking forward to seeing the finished result...

    I have a feeling it's going to look pretty good..
    East Anglia, England
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,898
    edited March 2019
    Take a look at David Austin -

    'Teasing Georgia' - yellow / good scent
    'Wollerton Old Hall' - creamy / yellowy / apricoty - love the scent - not too many thorns

    Both flower throughout the summer
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,158
    There are also repeat flowering ramblers such as Malvern Hills - soft yellow - and Lady of the Lake - pale pink or Snow Goose - white.  Easier to train than climbers as they are more bendable.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
Sign In or Register to comment.