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Climbing Rose for a North East Facing Wall

I have a NE wall in a courtyard and want another climbing rose.  The picture below is a few years old but the right side of the wall is where I want to plant the rose. I'm not too fussy as to the colour but would prefer a single flower or semi double, preferably single.  There is another rose to the left, a pink Dorothy Perkins and flowers mid-late June, which is doing very well, loves the clay and looks gorgeous so a colour not to clash with that.

The soil is heavy clay and only a small hole in the courtyard to plant in surrounded by the heavy clay. The hole cannot be enlarged.  I have a honeysuckle there now and it is not doing well.  I think the clay is too dense and heavy for the honeysuckle so want to replace it with a rose.  Must be a healthy disease free rose as I don't use chemicals. I'm looking for suggestions.

Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,668
    Have a look at this  I have grown Meg, the flowers were lovely, quite big, single, pink. It was in clay, but I dug in manure and compost.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,439
    Thanks for that link @Busy-Lizzie.  It's a starting point.
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • MolamolaMolamola Posts: 106
    Hi Redwing, if available in the UK you might consider Darlow's Enigma.  The comments here suggest it is good in shade although it gets large.  I'm planning to try it in a shady corner of my garden against a fence as a cat deterrent because of its reputed "flesh-ripping" thorns. 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,358
    I don't normally look in 'Wildlife'.. so I ought to take a look around..

    'Darlow's Enigma' isn't yet available in UK, but may be so in the near future.. it's currently being grown in a nursery not far from me.. very nice indeed and quite large...

    .. the rose I would recommend for your location is 'Purple Skyliner'..  it flowers all the way through to autumn and is a single/semi double of various colours,.. purple/mauve/deep pink... and I think would go well with Dorothy Perkins.. it also starts to flower from mid June, which coincides with your other rose there..

    ..easily trained on your wall and the small area of planting is not a problem.. some initial amendments might be good..  not too many flowers in the first year but enough for interest..

    6' x 10'.. something like that...   best wishes.. 
    East Anglia, England
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,439
    Thanks for the suggestion of Purple Skyliner, which sounds good, @Marlorena.  I won't be investigating Darlow's Enigma as I have a dear cat who I don't want anywhere near 'flesh ripping thorns'!
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • jomacljomacl Posts: 18
    When would be the best time to buy a climbing rose? Would planting a rose before winter be foolish? 
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