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JessicaSJessicaS Posts: 769
I have a slightly more shaded fence spot I'd like to introduce a climbing or rambling rose to, Id like to try the more single dog rose style blooms, as something easier for bees to get into as a lot of mine are big double style.  The plants "feet" would be occasionally in the shade as its next to the shed, but the top of the fence and the spot do get some sun. I have bamboo and herbs and bits and pieces growing happily in the spot.  Soil is pretty poor but Roses seem to grow very well in my soil elsewhere in the garden as I feed etc to help.

Ideally scented with good disease resistance and not white as I have a large white rambler elsewhere.  I was looking at the simple life, or simple peach from Harkness, or "Open Arms".  Has any one tried those or have other good recommendations that would fit the bill please?


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,885's hard to recommend roses to people because it's such a personal thing... but of those you have mentioned I would choose 'Open Arms' as it seems to meet your requirements, but if you are wanting a Harkness climbing rose in particular, I've long wanted 'Sweet Syrie', although I do not have it, but it's the one I would choose for myself... 
    East Anglia, England
  • JessicaSJessicaS Posts: 769
    edited December 2020
    Thank you - I was interested in what people have found works in similar spots to take a look at as obviously hundreds of different options - Not worried about the specific grower though as long as reliable!  I have sweet syrie myself (Edit: pic attached), its lovely, its got the most beautiful scent, it was so strong I could smell it walking past the stand at a garden show!  Its only just stopped flowering but has been beautiful all summer.  
  • Great picture, thanks for sharing! I like roses.

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,885
    I'm so glad you have Sweet Syrie, and I can see it has good foliage too..  I hope it does well for you in the longer term...
    ...I grow one called 'Wild Rover' which is a purple, scented semi double but I won't recommend it because of it's lower disease resistance... however a similar rose is called 'Night Owl' which may perform better.. it's from America but it seems to do well here I gather...and the breeder is especially good..
    ..if you'd like an English Rose, then the rambler 'Lady of the Lake' may fit what you're looking for as well if the colour is suitable.. 
    East Anglia, England
  • peteSpeteS Posts: 930
    @JessicaS...I can thoroughly recommend 'Lady of the Lake' and 'Open Arms' as I grow them both, albeit in full sun. They are always the stars in my garden, they flower from May until October, and they flower on new growth.
  • JessicaSJessicaS Posts: 769
    Syrie has fantastic disease resistance too - the rose nearest to it has blackspot sometimes and Syrie seems unphased! Lovely glossy foliage.  Id just given it a good empathy plant feed which it really liked. 

    Lady of the lakes lovely - I have Albertine which is a bit similar - Im leaning towards open arms though especially if it flowers so long!
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,727
    I had Open Arms in a previous house, it was so pretty and repeat flowered, but it took a while to get going. I think I will have to plant it again. Albertine is very prickly and only flowers once, but it does smell wonderful.

    I have Kew Rambler which is very pretty and single flowered, it's feet are in shade and the top, above the fence, is in sun, but it is only summer flowering and has hardly any scent, despite that David Austin says it does. Peter Beales is more accurate. Blush Rambler is lovely too, hardly any thorns but again it is tall and is summer flowering.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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