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ElferElfer Posts: 329
I am considering planting a climbing rose (or two) against a south facing fence with full sun. I really like how the cream David Austin rose that has been trained against the wall in the pic below (from their web site) and would like to be able to replicate in our garden against our fence with some medium height plants at the base. I am a newbie gardener and no real experience in Rose. We have chalky soil but have so far done ok planting all sorts by adding plenty of rotted manure and or compost.

Below are my questions, feel free to answer one or more. Many thanks in advance.

1 -What would be the best cream, apricot or white Rose for this purpose? Long repeat flowering would be top of my wishlist. I believe the one in the pic is Claire Austin? 

2 - Would I need additional support against and/or on top of the fence?

3 - Ideally I would like the Rose to spread across a 5 meter section of the 6 ft fence, would I need one or two Rose plants?

4 - Unfortunately we are under constant attack from the neighbours ivy on the other side of the fence, would it be wishful thinking that we can protect the Rose?


  • MolamolaMolamola Posts: 106
    Hi Elfer! Have you considered Ghislaine de Feligonde? It has all the colours you are looking for and seems a popular choice for health, fragrance and repeat-flowering. In the pictures I've seen, it just exudes romance.  I'm looking for a rose too and would have probably gone for this if I were going for apricot.  
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,120
    My daughter has "Ghislaine de Feligonde", which is a small flowered, repeat rambler. It's so lovely that I bought one.

    For pure white, not a lot beats the classic "Iceburg". "Wollerton Old Hall" is lovely too, more apricot.

    I think you would have to try to keep the ivy under control if possible. Would it be possible to have a word with the neighbour?

    As for size of rose, look on Google and see what sizes they grow to. Some would easily cover that space, even be too tall, some may take a while but others, like "Snowgoose" which is a small rambler, wouldn't be big enough so you would need two.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • ElferElfer Posts: 329
    I guess my first course of action would be to decide between Rambler & Climber. Which do you think would give me the desired effect as per above pic, ie fill up the top half of the fence in a relatively uniform manner.

    @Busy-Lizzie I will have a word with them at some stage as the ivy (amongst other weeds) is pushing through some fence panels and I don't think they would want to share the eventual bill for new fence as there is a 50m fence line full of ivy between us! They are very old and had to pay for cutting down an old dying willow tree with TPO that  started to fall apart on our drive so thought its best to let them recover from that episode first.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,120
    If you really like the look of Claire Austin then why not give her a try? I think you would need 2 plants to cover the width you want. Otherwise, buy a Claire and another variety, such as Iceburg.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,975
    @Elfer,  I've got Claire Austin as a climber on the side of my arbour and halfway over the roof.
    It throws up very long pliable slender shoots and I estimate it's just over 2 metres high so if you planted one in the middle say of two fence panels and fan trained the shoots on either side of the base, one plant would cover two fence panels I reckon. Hope this gives you some idea. It is a lovely rose, slightly incurved blooms, creamy white on the outside, then lemon on the inside.  Not a strong fragrance to my nose but quite a prolific flowerer on and off.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
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