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Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 835
I know there are already several rose threads, and sorry if this has been covered (it's hard keeping up with all the posts!), but, inspired by @BenCotto (I think), I'm toying with the idea of spending my saved quarantine money on something lovely for the garden: a couple of pots for the front door each with a rose in it. So, what I'm after is a rose that can last for a long time in the same large pot, has a knock-out scent, long flowering period and forms a nicely shaped bush. Not yellow or orange. The one I've come up with is Sceptr'd Isle (as I know this is one that @Marlorena often recommends), but are there others I should consider...? Tia. X


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,151
    I've got Minerva in pots either side of the front door, but it's their first year so I don't know how they'll do in the longer term.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,164
    I have two (well, three) nice roses by the outside doors.

    Ali Baba (“Open sesame”, geddit?) is a slightly salmony pink. Not thorny. Flowers like mad all summer. A decent scent.  Here he is, battered by the wind and rain today.

    On the other side is Warm Welcome. But you don’t want orange. He’s more of a sharp scarlet sort of orange. Nice niff. Thorny. Small boned.  I know you’re not interested, but here he is anyway.

    But if perfume is the main thing, my third offering is Gertrude Jekyll. Here is the poor soul, clinging to canes to keep her from being blown over.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,225
    @pansyface I agree Gertrude Jekyll is a beautiful colour and a wonderful scent. What about standard roses? Expensive but very effective. 
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove UkPosts: 516
    @pansyface I too have Alibaba by my door, love the number of flowers and scent but do you find the flowers don't last too long and you end with petals everywhere!
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove UkPosts: 516
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,164
    Yes, petals everywhere, but that’s part of the charm.

    (I’m not a very tidy person and petals everywhere are fine by me.😁)
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,399
    As much as I like Scepter'd Isle, at the moment I would probably put 'Eustacia Vye' as my first choice for such a position... I feel it has better foliage, the scent is every bit as good, and the blooms are held upwards or outwards... it's also newish and very fashionable at the moment... beautiful colour and bloom form, wonderful scent, and great foliage... thorns, but not enough to worry about unduly from what I can see..
    ..further, it has a continuous bloom, unlike some other popular roses, and the blooms are rain and heat resistant.. and this rose does not need full sun..

    Disclaimer.... I have not grown it in a pot so far..
  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 2,122
    The newest Silas Marner. It's a risk because it's so new but the spring foliage is very pretty, it has been healthy so far, the blooms are plentiful and fragrant, it will grow both up and draping over the edges. I am very happy with it so far (in a pot).
  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 835
    edited June 2020
    Thanks for all your suggestions... I love the colour of the Ali Baba @pansyface and @Ffoxglove (and particularly like the "Open Sesame" connection!), and I had already considered Gertrude J. Eustacia Vye @Marlorena and Silas Marner @edhelka look good, too, especially if their blooms hold upwards, rather than flopping over. I do like Minerva @JennyJ, but think that maybe that colour is a little dark... Don't really want standard roses @debs64, as we have standard variegated holly trees (the holly-lollies) along that same side of the house, and I fear too many standards may be de trop! Will report back when (and if) I decide to go down the rose bush route. X
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,151
    I <3 purple, but appreciate it's not everyone's favourite :).
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