Advice please re: Taking out a large fig tree and replacing with a shrub rose.
We have a large multi stemmed fig tree and the roots are now interfering with our drainage system. I would like to plant a large shrub rose in its place. Would it be ok to plant a rose in the same place once the soil is improved and if so ideas for a tall shrub rose please bearing in mind our hot summers down here in Haute-Garonne. It will be in a south facing position.
If you had asked this question in a year’s time I could have told you how the shrub roses I chose with (alleged) heat tolerance in mind, had survived their first season in my similar climate, but they are not even planted out yet... the largest of which are probably Ivor’s Rose and La Rose de Molinard.
If you like yellow, another one to consider is Julia Child (Absolutely Fabulous) that did really well for me in it’s first year and survived the intense summer heatwaves - just kept on flowering prolifically. In the heat the blooms fade from deep yellow to pale lemon but in a pretty way. Gets much bigger than stated in warmer climes. A Marlorena-recommended winner.
Here is a good illustration of how yellow blooms reacted to the heatwaves for me. The first is Charles Darwin - in less belting heat than JC but the washed out blooms crisped around the edges and didn’t open, then Julia in full sun, but unscathed: