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Climbing rose for south-facing wall

Good morning, I'm thinking about planting a climbing rose against a south facing granite wall, in a bed about 3 ft wide, between he wall and a path. ideally I would be looking for something fragrant with a colour which would stand out well.

Any ideas gratefully received! ???? 


  • TigrahTigrah Posts: 125

    I don't have too much experience with climbing roses, but the well known David Austin has a page on the website dedicated to the most fragrant climbers they do. Could be worth a look. Have to wait for somebody else's advice though :)

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532

    Hi,roseanna, if you go for a patio climber it will grow to about 180-210cm or 6-7". It's called Love Knot from Cants of Colchester. If you go to their website.

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    hi roseannah, what colour are you after?

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,028

    Compassion is a lovely fragrant, repeat flowering, healthy looking rose with pink flowers. 

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Thank you for all your suggestions.

    I'm probably going to go for something white/yellow/ coppery pink as we want it to show up against the wall, plus I think I'm going to plant a ceanothus in that border and I'm looking for a contrast...Busy-Lizzie thanks for suggesting Compassion, that certainly looks interesting.

    We re in Cornwall, by the way, so the micro climate is mild and wet...very wet!  Great for blackspot!

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,028

    Another one I have that I love is The Pilgrim, scent is very light (David Austin says highly fragrant, but mine isn't), it has gorgeous yellow and cream flowers and repeats. Has never been ill, but it does like being watered and it likes a bit of shade from hot sun - which several light coloured roses prefer. But I live in Dordogne, the sun is not so fierce and the air is moister in Cornwall.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Sandra100Sandra100 Posts: 130

    I was looking for a climber too, so I emailed David Austin.

    They were really helpful and suggested a few, giving precise reasons as to why they'd chosen the ones they had.


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,443

    There are many roses suitable for your purposes, and don't worry about Cornwall, I've grown all sorts of roses down there...

    You might like 'The Generous Gardener', or 'Hyde Hall'.   'Climbing Iceberg' is another, I had a hedge of the shrub 'Iceberg' in Cornwall.. the climbing version, when established, is a continuous bloomer throughout the summer...

    Or this one, 'Ghislaine de Feligonde', which can be trained against a wall.  It has all the colours you require.  It blooms for many weeks end May/July, then if you deadhead it, it will give a 2nd flush Aug/Sept.


    ...some blooms have a pink tinge..


    ..have fun choosing...

    East Anglia, England
  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    I have the generous gardener and climbing iceberg both doing well,few problems, both still have flowers!

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