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Which rose best suited for North-east facing house wall

We would like to get a nice potted rose for our entrance area, something that will grow up the wall. The wall is north/east facing, we will use a trellis as support. The rose needs to stay in the pot as the entrance is all paved. I would love to get something that the bees like, something with a strong smell, ideally rosey looking, I don't mind the colour so much, as it's by the entrance it should look nice also when not blooming. If the roses blooms more than once that's a bonus. As we are not great gardeners (yet?) it would need to be a rose that's "easy to handle" and not prone to diseases. Do you have anything in mind?


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    There aren't many climbers suited to pots, and you need a big one,  but you can whittle your search down on 
    David Austin and Trevor White websites
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,828
    I grew a climbing "The Pilgrim" from David Austin on a NE wall in a pot for 8 years, then I gave it to my daughter to plant in the ground. The pot was big 60cms x 60 cms and it needed regular watering and feeding more often than a rose in the ground. It wasn't very scented though, quite delicate. It never got ill, no black spot.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • @Busy-Lizzie thank you and congrats on that beautiful Pilgrim - what a stunner! it looks like there is a small trellis in the pot which seems to be enough for support? That would be spot on what we need (this way I don't need to drill into the wall to fix the trellis). I think we may have a winner  :)

  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    I think you want too much.
    Potted roses aren't easy to handle.
    There aren't many choices that do well in shade.
    Not all roses can be trained on a trellis and it needs some experience.
    Roses rarely look good when not in season.
    Easy roses often aren't fragrant and bee-friendly roses don't look "rosey", although it depends on what do you mean by "rosey".
  • I'd watch out that the site gets enough sun... if it's too shady then your rose will grow up and up and have all its flowers only at the top where you can't see them. Pesky beasts.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,828
    The Pilgrim is OK with shade all afternoon, at least mine was. There is a small trellis for when it was smaller but then we put vine eyes and wires up to attach it to. The leaves were always lightish green, quite attractive, and it kept them well into winter. But it did need looking after. When I had a house sitter one April when I was away he forgot to water it and the flowers in May were half the size. Kept fed, first feed in March, watered and dead headed it was fine and repeat flowered.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,828
    Forgot the bee bit, bees prefer single flowered roses. The Pilgrim is very double so they can't get at it easily. Plant a pot with lavender in it next to the rose for the bees.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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