Climbing rose suggestions
Hi, i saw the programme last night and was very interested in the advice on planting climbing roses as I intend to plant 2 or 3 myself soon. Monty recommended "New Dawn" as it is hardy and will tolerate all soil types. I was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions for climbing roses of the same ilk? I want something brightly coloured that is hardy, doesn't mind clay type soil, has a long flowering period and is very scented. Am I asking too much?
I used to have Graham Thomas which I think is a short climber, I moved house before it got to the top of the arch so couldn't comment on how high it gets. It's the loveliest pure yellow like sunshine.
oh by the way, that was on clay and it smelt like a tea rose
Thank you, I will have look for that one, bright yellow sounds nice!
Hi maria 3. It might depend on the aspect in which you are planting that will be one factor in helping you choose the variety you want however, don,t forget roses are hungry plants in general and although clay soil can be nutrient rich add plenty of organic matter at the time of planting and mulch after you have watered the plant in. Some of the rose growers websites can help you choose variety by asking your specific requirements. i.e type, colour,size etc. I believe Beales offer this. Hope this helps and good luck choosing.
Princes Trust is a fantastic dark red climber, slow to start but then it really gets going, amazing perfume and we have heavy clay soil.Flowers until the frosts.
Thank you all for your helpful advice, I will have a look at Beales website, and Princes trust!
HI Maria, Golden Showers is mean't to be quite a nice climbing rose, it is a lovely bright yellow and is said to flower its socks off for a long time.
Four years ago I bought 'The Pilgrim' from David Austen and planted it in a very narrow, east facing border against the garage and it just gets better and better every year. The flowers are yellow fading to cream and the scent is amazing. Last year we got 3 repeats with the flowers!
Double thumbs up to The Pilgrim..got 3 in the garden and never disappointed me
Hi, two of my favourites are Compassion - lovely apricot-pink, healthy and reliable, long flowering season, beautifully fragrant, and good for cutting, too - and Gertrude Jekyll, an Austin rose which again is very fragrant and lasts pretty well in the vase, with old-fashioned flowers in a gorgeous, vibrant pink which repeat well once the rose is established. Lucky you, with so many goodies to choose from - my garden's too full to plant any more! Have fun!