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Ghislaine de Feligonde

Hilary_15Hilary_15 Posts: 69
Will it be possible to grow Ghislaine de Feligonde on a north facing fence to scramble up a tree? Also how do I go about pruning a rambler?  Pruning ramblers confuses me to say the least!


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,073
    edited July 2021
    This explains how to prune - 

    A north wall is fine as long as there's plenty of light but not sure she's vigorous enough to get up a tree - 

    All the mature ones I've seen in gardens here are growing in sun and get to about 3m.  My own is just a baby so only a metre high at the mo.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,083
    You don't' have to prune rambling roses at all.
    I have several and generally let them do their own thing.
    I only prune bits off as and when needed.
    It's in their nature to scramble (ramble) about.
    Rambling roses on my pergola, not pruned in over 20 years - 

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,196
    That is magnificent @Pete.8

    Ghislaine de Feligonde is a repeat flowerer, unlike a lot of rambling roses, which means she will flower on new growth as well as old. You don't need to start pruning for the first 3 years, but dead heading and tidying up can be done. After that you remove dead and diseased stems and shape and thin as you want. She is quite a bushy rose and can be pruned into a rounded shrub.

    She will grow on a north fence, mine is shaded by next door's trees, she doesn't seem to mind. But she won't grow anything like as tall as Pete's rose, my daughter's is about 8 - 9 foot, so maybe not the best choice for growing into a tree.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Hilary_15Hilary_15 Posts: 69
    Ok, thats great.  I think I'll go for it!
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,073
    Be cautious.  If you're tree is small enough for a 3metre rose not to look silly growing in it it's probably too small to cope with said 3m rose.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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