rose advice please

HI,  Could anybody advise me if it is at all possible to train a climbing rose along a 4' high picket fence?  The fence is around 8' wide.  I was hoping to cover the fence with it overhanging either side.  Am I being unrealistic??


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,320
    Seems feasible to me as long as you don't pick a monster and train all its stems horizontally as it won't have space to go up..   
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen SpainPosts: 2,814
    Hello Hilary,

    Yes it should be possible, choose a rose with flexible canes that you can bend and tie in to near horizontal, so not a stiff-caned climbing hybrid tea, for example. The rose in this photo is Stormy Weather, which I have bought bare root and intend to train along a 4ft high fence, hoping to get a similar effect:

  • Many thanks for the previous replies - most helpful :-)
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