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Another question regarding growing roses up an obelisk (sorry)

If I were to grow a shrub rose on an obelisk, how do I stop it getting too wide?  My space is a little limited & don't want it to take over the whole border?  I'm also unsure how to go about pruning it.  Are there any shrub roses suitable for an obelisk in a limited space?

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,867
    I’m unsure as to why you want an obelisk if you want to grow a shrub rose? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,504
    Don't be sorry for asking questions on a gardening forum Hilary - that's what it's for :)

    If you let your rose shoots just grow vertically, you'll mostly get flowers at the top. You need to try and wind the stems and tie them in around the obelisk, then you'll get flowering shoots along most of the stem.
    Any branches that are misbehaving I'd prune out.
    I had Fritz Nobis growing as a small climber for many years and it was lovely.
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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Hilary_15Hilary_15 Posts: 64
    Pete, thats a lovely rose.  Thanks for the training advice.
    Lyn, I mention a shrub rose as some of them are described as being suitable as a small climber which confuses me a little. I seem to be attracted  to more shrub roses compared to the climbers.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,504
    The more you can bend over the stems to horizontal the more flowering shoots will appear.
    Fritz a few years ago - sadly lost when I had my house extended last year
    Good luck with yours


    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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