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Dear all rose lovers/growers

Entire family spend the last two weekends in the garden building "Our" pergola. Now is time to chose plants to grow up and over it. I've done some research online and found couple of interesting roses. One of them being Madame Grégoire Staechelin - I love the shape of the flower, and apparently it is very scented. Now a normal person would wait till June and go to one of the rose gardens to see and smell roses that thriving in the actual garden, and not rely on pictures provided by companies trying to sell the product. As I can't face looking at bare wooden posts for the next half a year, please help. Do you know that rose? how healthy it is?  Any other suggestions for a rose with scent, pink/red maybe white, that you grow and could recommend? Really the only requirement I have except scent is double or semi double flowers.The pergola is roughly 2,5 metres tall, 3x3 m wide, in full sun. Sorry for the long post 



  • Hi image

    The one you are talking about is hugely popular, i havent grown it only because ive gone off pink! But im pretty sure its one of the ones Monty Don grows in his garden, from what ive seen its very beautiful, go for it! image

    After smelling all the roses at David Austins nursery, i think i actually smelled all of them! The most scented ones are the very deep pinky red ones like darcy bussel or fallstaff

    There is a rose growing thread with lots of pictures, worth a look image
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,913

    It's a gorgeous rose, go on, get it now, you could probably still get a bare root one from here .  Brilliant supplier and planting it bare root it will establish really quickly - show us a photo when it blooms image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks Bekkie, I'm trying to work but I will look for it in a momentimage I was thinking about Tess of the d'Urbervilles Climbing. The plan was to plant one large climber to grow up and through the "ceiling" of pergola, and then plant smaller, repeating blooming roses around posts 

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    If you want a good pink with a beautiful smell take a look at Mortimer Sackler from David Austin.  I have two growing up an arch and they are beautiful and flower repeatedly.  They are also virtually thornless which can be consideration if you have to walk through.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    In fact, it's the one in my Avatar.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693

    Mme Grégoire is a beautiful rose. She as the appearance of a very tall hybrid tea rather than a climber - leggy and sprawling. Not the most elegant of shapes, at least in my rather cold and windy garden, but a fantastic perfume and a pretty flower. Another pink rose with a strong and  typical rose perfume is Gertrude Jekyll.image

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  • Ooh Yvie, I want one of those too now! Checked up on my bare root roses yesterday (planted November) all 3 DA ones, they are looking good, lots of little growth on them, Can't wait to see them in bloom & they are all highly scented too allegedly. image

    Annajez - how exciting, hope you find a good one, so many to choose from. image

    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • Thank you all! Dordogne Damsel, that's exactly my problem too many to choose from, pansyface I brought two Gertrude Jekyll roses with me from my previous garden and planted them around my tiny arbour 3 years ago when we moved into our current home. These are gorgeous and flowering their socks off every year, I wouldn't be without them. Yviestevie I will look more closely at Mortimer, it is beautifull

  • Ive just remebered i used to have a spirit of freedom which i adored, thats a pale pink and very frilly, unfortunately i moved it and forgot to water it....cos im a bit thick! Other than that it was a very healthy rose image

    Stupid question time, what sort of rose scent do you like? Is it the lovely old rose smell that you get with posh soap? image
  • You know Edd....that stuff you use at crimbo or birthdaysimage
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