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Best climbing rose?

angie4angie4 Posts: 41

I love David Austin roses but not all of them do well on my rather dry soil. The ones that do have such gorgeous, heavy blooms that they tend to hang down on their rather spindly stems! Can anyone recommend a rose that's suitable for a west facing 6ft high fence (north facing garden). Preferably pale pink or peachy coloured, and scent is really important! 

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,040

    I have Generous Gardener in a north facing garden on a  west facing trellis.  It is superb and has scented, pale peachy pink flowers all summer long.

    It did take a year or two tog et going strongly and I do give it a mulch of garden compost every autumn as well as a generous dollop of pelleted chicken manure in spring.   It would appreciate your mixing in a some good quality garden compost and/or well rotted manure in the soil when you prepare its planting hole.

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  • angie4angie4 Posts: 41

    Thanks, obelixx. As it happens I have Generous Gardener on the north facing wall of my house. Maybe not the ideal spot (though I did lots of research before buying) as the blooms, though lovely, tend to be a bit 'flollopy' lower down; better and more open near the top. I used a proprietary rose feed this year, will take your advice and give it a good mulch in autumn.

  • angie4angie4 Posts: 41

    Ah yes! New Dawn is rather lovely. Will put that on my list of possible, thanks.

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