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KCMM09KCMM09 WalesPosts: 74
Hi I’d like recommendations for a white climbing rose for an average size garden fence. The fence is east facing , the garden itself is north facing. 

I’ve only found very large ones and unsure if suitable. For example Iceberg by DA

i want to avoid yellow or very creamy roses, I like plain white and ideally without yellow centres 

thanks 
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  • PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 589
    Hi - I have Iceberg climber growing round an obelisk. Like you, I wanted a proper white rose, not cream, blush, hints of apricot etc. It is only in its second year, but seems to be doing well. Even in its first year, it produced lots of flowers, and now has lots of buds, so if the sun ever shines again, should get a good show this year. It also is thornless with very flexible canes, so is easy to train.

    I think the real rose aficionados don't rate it because it is not scented. I also don't know how it would do on an east-facing fence. Mine's in a south-facing garden so gets lots of sun.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,504
    Some of the more vigorous shrub roses can be grown as climbers that would cover a fence
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,927
    edited May 2021
    How about Claire Austin? It's not a pure white.  Or White Cloud.
  • KCMM09KCMM09 WalesPosts: 74
    Hi - I have Iceberg climber growing round an obelisk. Like you, I wanted a proper white rose, not cream, blush, hints of apricot etc. It is only in its second year, but seems to be doing well. Even in its first year, it produced lots of flowers, and now has lots of buds, so if the sun ever shines again, should get a good show this year. It also is thornless with very flexible canes, so is easy to train.

    I think the real rose aficionados don't rate it because it is not scented. I also don't know how it would do on an east-facing fence. Mine's in a south-facing garden so gets lots of sun.
    Claire Austin I’m worried it’s too creamy for me. 

    So I should bite the bullet and get an iceberg climber then guys ? To go on the left hand side fence ? 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,324
    edited May 2021
    Have a look at Mrs Herbert Stevens https://www.classicroses.co.uk/roses/mrs-herbert-stevens-climbing-rose.html

    I’ve not grown it myself but it seems to fit your colour requirements plus it’s happy with a bit of shade, is repeat flowering and scented and has been around long enough to be well proven. 
    @Marlorena probably has more information about it. 
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  • SuesynSuesyn South Somerset Posts: 541
    I have Starlight Symphony in precisely that position, it was a bare root last April and is doing well. The foliage is very healthy and it has single pure white flowers. This is last summer showing the blooms but it is probably about 5ft tall now. 
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,590
    edited May 2021
    White roses are rarely ever purely white. If you want to avoid yellowing in a white rose, look for one that has pink buds - even ‘pure white’ Iceberg starts off with pale blush buds and occasionally has hints of pink in the blooms. Pink buds tend to produce a cleaner, cooler white bloom. That would tone better with the two pink climbers you have on your arbour 😊

    I have climbing Iceberg on a north facing chain-link fence. Although it does get good light and some direct southerly sun through the fence, it doesn’t do well, growth is still painfully slow after 3 years and blooms very sparse. Most sites say it needs full sun, but given my sun is strong, I thought it would be ok there. Clearly not! It may be fine on your east-facing fence as it looks fairly open, so long as it gets plenty of morning sun. I wouldn’t worry about scent in a climbing rose at the back of a border - healthy, flexible easy-to-train canes and a good bloomer are the important criteria, I reckon.

    As an alternative to Iceberg, have a look at Aimée Vibert, a white noisette climber with pink buds, which is said to be shade tolerant. A suggestion, not a recommendation, as I haven’t got it yet - it’s on my list for Autumn! https://www.trevorwhiteroses.co.uk/shop/climbing-roses/aimee-vibert/
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,411
    What about Snow Goose? https://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/products/snow-goose  A friend of mine has it and it's lovely.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • KCMM09KCMM09 WalesPosts: 74
    Snow goose is sold out on that website but thank you :) 

    thank you @Nollie for your advice, your recommendations are out of stock but I love it and will try look elsewhere 

    @Dovefromabove that’s sold out too but lovely! 

    @Suesyn that’s really nice! 
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