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Which rose? Help please

I just hoped someone could help me make a decision... I've cleared our a 14inch x 14 rinch bowl pot and would like to put one ofmy roses currently In smaller pots in this one.
I'd like it to have a nice bushy shape and be a bit of a feature. Heres a Pic of the pot...
Should I put Emma hamilton, ancient mariner, Margaret merril, blue for you, ebb tide or chandos beauty in there?
Any advice or pictures of your roses in pots would be appreciated!
Ps Ignore the fern! 


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,856
    I think your pot is too small for anything except miniature roses.   Shrub roses like a deeper root run that pot can offer.  The width is OK but you need about 60cms/2' plus very good compost such as John Innes no 3 as they are hungry plants.

    The David Austin website lists their roses (only 8) which are suitable for growing in pots in the UK and none of yours features.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,999
    I agree with Obelixx that the pot is not tall enough for any of your roses unfortunately (unless your photo is misleading us on the height). 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • It's about 14 inches's quite a big pot. What about one of the smaller ones like Ebb Tide 2ft 6 x 2ft 6 apparently or Margaret Merrill 2ft x 2.5ft which David Austin says is okay for pots on the rose's listing.

     I also have marjorie Fair? Maybe this one? 

    If not..what would you put in there? I had a rhododendron in it before but didn't like the colour!

  • I think 18 x 18 inches (45cm) is really the bare minimum for a container if you’re planning on keeping a rose in there for any length of time. 

    Ive got pots that are smaller than that with roses in but that’s because I don’t like those ones very much 😁

    Ive got Desdemona planted in a pot at the front of the house which is 66cm x 53cm.

    You roses in size order are: Ebb Tide & Margaret Merril (2ft), Chandos beauty & Blue for you (2-3ft), Lady Emma Hamilton (3ft) and The Ancient Mariner (4ft+)

    So likewise suitability for smaller containers is in the same order. If you did want to try them in that pot then Ebb Tide or Margaret Merril would be happiest (or least melancholy!?) The Ancient Mariner is a large shrub so would only be suited to a very large container!
    East Yorkshire
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,856
    Your pot is not deep enough for roses.   I wouldn't try a rhodo in there either.

    Hosta?  Fern? Small hebe?  Phormium?  Pelargoniums for summer?   Trailing fuchsia? 
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks all! I am having a big rethink about my garden because I've had things in pots that have proved problematic so I might either try a smaller rose or I have a small hebe that needs a home - thanks for your suggestions!
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,437
    The only 2 roses you should consider are Chandos Beauty or Margaret Merrill is Chandos Beauty in a smaller pot than yours... 12 x 12 inches.... does fine..
    ..some repotting each winter will be necessary but easily done...

    East Anglia, England
  • That's gorgeous Marlorena thank you! Do you trim the roots when you Repot in winter? 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,437
    Yes I do Ffoxglove... I trim back the thick anchor roots by half, but leave on as much thin feeder roots as I can although some do inevitably come off..  nothing to worry about, it's really very easy and takes little time...  bigger pots, like 18 x 18 or larger are for longer term planting where you wouldn't have to do this so often, but I can't manage those these days...
    Realise too, that when David Austin shows their roses at Chelsea Flower Show, all those great roses blooming away, they are all growing in small plastic pots 12'' x 10'' 15 litres..  but they only need them to look good for 4 days in May.. to take us through the season we need something a bit bigger... but for one season 12 x 12 is perfectly adequate... 
    East Anglia, England
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