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bobloesbobloes Posts: 134
Hi All,

About 6 years ago I landscaped (personally with a spade) my front/side garden to level it out and make it easier to maintain.  The side bit I turned into a raised bed vegetable patch and the front bit is terraced with 20mm pebbles.  I have tried all sorts of plants with varying degrees of success.  I have just dug out two miniature (not so small) trees as the plum never fruited and the pear was a mistake. 
I think a long lived rose bush might be a good idea having seen some around in other gardens.  The spot I have in mind is exposed and, in relation to the nearest building, north west facing but gets lots of sun after say 1000hrs.  I would like a bush that flowers for the longest possible time (re-flowering?) probably no taller than 2 metres absolute max and a spread of the order of 1 metre max.  I live in Weymouth and the site is 400 metres from the sea and the soil is heavy clay.  Colour of flower not that important.
Does anyone have any suggestions from their personal experience of something suitable?
Really grateful for any suggestions.
Thanks

Bob

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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126
    I can't help you from personal experience but this RHS page has lists of plants for coastal areas and there are one or two roses mentioned. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=472

  • bobloesbobloes Posts: 134
    Thanks for the advice Ceres.
  • OmoriOmori North YorkshirePosts: 1,531
    Rugosa roses would be good for coastal areas.  They are very tough, fragrant, and are repeat flowering.

    Here are some:
    https://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=Rugosa
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,557
    Moonlight is a good rose (a repeat flowering small rambler). Mine starts flowering with a huge flush in June and continues to flower into December/January.
    The young stems and foliage are dark red which really shows up the (bee-friendly) flowers.
    I've never pruned mine in 20ish years and it's about 8ft high and 15ft wide, but could easily be kept much smaller if you like.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • bobloesbobloes Posts: 134
    Sorry Omori and Pete.8 for not checking back sooner.  Starting to get a feel for what could work.  Just need to do the proper research.  Thanks for your ideas.  Cheers

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