A Very particular rose


First time user and (very) amateur gardner looking for advice.

I'm looking for suggestions for a climbing rose or rose type for a free standing frame (2m high) in my south facing garden. After searching various mediums I appear to be looking for the impossible;

A relatively fast climbing rose, minimally thorny, evergreen and very fragrant. I also prefer smaller flower heads!

Suggestions would be welcomed. Many thanks







  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,092

    This is what I came up with after searching Peter Beales site.


    I don't think any rose is really evergreen. You don't give a colour.

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,255

    New Dawn, is a pale pink climber, and small flowers compared to most roses.

    Do you have a particular colour in mind,  there is also one called iceberg,  another called marigold and one called Handle all with smallish flowers

    David Austen do good roses

  • allium2allium2 Posts: 413

    Try having a look at www.Handley rose nurseries.co.UK.  They have nice descriptions of their climbers and whether its fragrant. Zephirine Drouhin is thornless, fragrant, small blooms.

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

    I have a zephirine drouhin and it really is fragrant and seems to tick all your boxes

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Tried the David Austin website? A few there might suit you.

  • Isn't Zephirine Drouhin the rose that gets every disease under the sun though ? !!

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    A Shropshire Lad Climbing/ David Austin roses.

    Blush Noisette 


    Crown Princess Margareta 

    all from David austin, excellent quality and reliable performers

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,092

    I love David Austin roses, but most have big flowers. I have A Shropshire Lad, it's lovely, hardly any thorns, but the flowers are big.

  • Thanks for all your responses image

    Ive looked through many of the suggestions and ended up with something! I'm inclined towards a Lykkefund Multiflora, although its described as a rambler I am presuming it can be trained upwards,  the scent appears to be strong, its hardy, the flowers are the right size (small) and I like the colour.

    Would anyone have any experience or opinion on this Rose.

    I looked at the Zephirine Drouhin, but indeed the flowers are larger than I would like.

    Many thanks again. Daniel

  • Reine des violettes, medium sized blooms but beautiful colour and mostly thornless. 

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