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Climbing rose over front door

Hi there,

I would like some advice about which climbing rose would be best to grow over my front door. I live in a red brick Edwardian house, which is north facing. I have considered Iceberg, but ideally I would like something peach/yellow coloured. Also, any advice on training the plant would be much appreciated. Would a trellis attached to the wall work? Many thanks. image


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693

    I would definitely advise getting a thornless or near thornless rose. So much easier to deal with and much more friendly to visitors.

    Yes, a trellis works fine.

    is one suggestion.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,426

    As an alternative to trellis, which may need paint maintenance, I've used vine eyes hammered into the pointing, if the pointing is in good condition, or drilled holes for rawl plugs and screws, and then tie wire at appropriate spacings for training... as the rose grows. 

    'Crepuscule' is a lovely rose but I'm not sure about it for a north facing wall.

    I would choose something like 'climbing Graham Thomas'... or 'A Shropshire Lad' which is mostly thornless.   Something like these.


    East Anglia, England
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693

    The noisette roses and their associated varieties are remarkably hardy and adaptable. I have Blush Noisette sitting out in a gale tonight and it's just covered in blooms. Also Madame Alfred Carrière - it still has blossom on it. Both are placed in fairly deep shade until late afternoon. I don't have Crepuscule in this garden but I did have one when I lived in the south of England.

     I do have some David Austin roses but I find many of them too droopy and their heads too big for their necks.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • The Generous Gardener is supposed to be a good one and also Rambling Rector or climbing Arthur Bell.

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693

    How tall is your door? My Rector is 30' up an old apple tree.

    Generous Gardener is a good one, but rather stiff stemmed and thorny.

    Arthur Bell is a beauty.


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Yes Pansyface, I like the way the flowers change through the shades of yellow and it smells nice too.

  • Zephrine Droughin is thornless with very fragrant flowers, tolerates North facing and grows to 10to 12 feet. It's is a shocking pink and likes liquid feed for a good show. But it has a sport that I'm told is the same except it's colour. it is a lovely pale pink called Kathleen Harrop, I can vouch for the mother but can only let you know next year what the sport performs like.
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