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Hello gardening friends image  Please could anyone advise me on a good disease resistant rambling or climbing rose in lilac/pink to climb up an old small tree. I have clay soil, it's in a sunny spot and the tree does not cast a lot of shade.  Would love a scented rose but to be honest anything to pretty up this old tree would be a blessing. I like small flowering clematis too so any ideas chucked my way would be most appreciated. Thank you in advance image  


  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,458

    How big is the tree?

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Just throwing another idea in there if you like scented - we have an old tree which is pretty much dead (but solid) so doesn't cast much shade. It has a huge jasmine growing up it right into the canopy. Looks beautiful when in flower and smells AMAZING - we have our garden furniture next to it to get the most of the benefit.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,932

    Have a look here

    Lots of suggestions for roses suitable for growing into a tree - you can refine your selection for height, colour, perfume, soil conditions and other requirements.

    Brilliant site and gold standard rose grower. image

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

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,700

    If it's a tall tree, say 20 or 30 feet high, then you could do worse than try Paul's Himalayan Musk.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Aww thank you everyone.  I will check out the link image It's not a tall tree...maybe 15ft but it leans over quite a lot.  I do love Paul's Himalayan Musk, beautiful and I like the idea of a Jasmine too.  My tree does not cast a lot of shade either, very sparse so that would work lovely. Bless you all & have a beautiful day image

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,458

    Paul's Himalayan Musk is wonderful but I don't think your tree is big enough for it and also it may be pulled over by the weight of PHM when it matures.  It really does get enormous.

    One I rather like is New Dawn which may be more suitable for your small tree.  It flowers over a long period and drops the petals rather than turning them brown and looks like snow on the ground....pretty.  It is mildly scented.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • I think I might now be getting a New Dawn for my (not yet built) pergola - thanks Redwing!

  • Thank you so much Redwing...I've just checked out New Dawn.  It looks likes it's tolerant of quite a few different the idea of fallen petals all over the grass below too :)  Keenbutgreen I read that Jasmine is not too happy in a windy site which is where it would be if I planted it up the tree but I'm tempted to get one for a different area of the garden :)  

  • Tara, mine has a large laurel hedge behind it, so isn't hugely exposed - although the garden still got quite windy over winter last year, although perhaps as an established jasmine it can deal with it better.

    I've recently bought two more - a winter jasmine and a summer flowering jasmine - to wind through the wooden fence along my driveway. Haven't managed to kill them yet :)

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