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17/03/2012 at 21:11

Hi, i saw the programme last night and was very interested in the advice on planting climbing roses as I intend to plant 2 or 3 myself soon. Monty recommended "New Dawn" as it is hardy and will tolerate all soil types. I was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions for climbing roses of the same ilk? I want something brightly coloured that is hardy, doesn't mind clay type soil, has a long flowering period and is very scented. Am I asking too much?

17/03/2012 at 23:01

I used to have Graham Thomas which I think is a short climber, I moved house before it got to the top of the arch so couldn't comment on how high it gets.   It's the loveliest pure yellow like sunshine.

17/03/2012 at 23:04

oh by the way, that was on clay and it smelt like a tea rose

18/03/2012 at 12:50

Thank you, I will have look for that one, bright yellow sounds nice!

18/03/2012 at 18:27

Hi maria 3. It might depend on the aspect in which you are planting that will be one factor in helping you choose the variety you want however, don,t forget roses are hungry plants in general and although clay soil can be nutrient rich add plenty of organic matter at the time of planting and mulch after you have watered the plant in. Some of the rose growers websites can help you choose variety by asking your specific requirements. i.e type, colour,size etc. I believe Beales offer this. Hope this helps and good luck choosing.

18/03/2012 at 18:48

Princes Trust is a fantastic dark red climber, slow to start but then it really gets going, amazing perfume and we have heavy clay soil.Flowers until the frosts.

19/03/2012 at 19:04

Thank you all for your helpful advice, I will have a look at Beales website, and Princes trust!

20/03/2012 at 12:30

HI Maria,  Golden Showers is mean't to be quite a nice climbing rose, it is a lovely bright yellow and is said to flower its socks off for a long time.

21/03/2012 at 07:55

Hi Maria,

Four years ago I bought 'The Pilgrim' from David Austen and planted it in a very narrow, east facing border against the garage and it just gets better and better every year.  The flowers are yellow fading to cream and the scent is amazing.  Last year we got 3 repeats with the flowers!

21/03/2012 at 09:09

Double thumbs up to The Pilgrim..got 3 in the garden and never disappointed me

23/03/2012 at 14:39

Hi, two of my favourites are Compassion - lovely apricot-pink, healthy and reliable, long flowering season, beautifully fragrant, and good for cutting, too - and Gertrude Jekyll, an Austin rose which again is very fragrant and lasts pretty well in the vase, with old-fashioned flowers in a gorgeous, vibrant pink which repeat well once the rose is established. Lucky you, with so many goodies to choose from - my garden's too full to plant any more! Have fun!

23/03/2012 at 15:17

How to make my rose grow well in Spring ?

30/03/2012 at 18:31

Hi, I ended up buying Princes Trust and London Bridge, from Homebase of all places. Princes Trust was recommended which is why I chose that one, (thanks to Stephanie Ivey). London Bridge I can find no info about anywhere but took a chance anyway. Both planted now and have nice shoots coming out, so fingers crossed, in a couple of years or so they will be ready for training!! Thanks to all of you for your advice.

01/04/2012 at 20:54

Hi Maria, just be careful with Princes Trust as it is very prone to black spots so early spray is fungicide is recommended.  I have got a rose garden ( yes I am addicted to roses) with 83 roses in total (climbing, ramblers, HT, ground cover, patio..well to say I got the lot..lol) and Princess Trust is the only rose I have to spray during spring to make sure it won't be hit by blackspots again..lovely rose though. Graham Thomas is one of the best climbers as well.

01/04/2012 at 22:21

I agree, Graham Thomas is gorgeous. I've had him only two years and can't wait for him to really hit his stride, as the flowers are so very beautiful. He is planted with cotinus 'Royal Purple' and the combination of the matt burgundy leaves with the rich pure yellow is just lovely.

02/04/2012 at 17:57

Ooooooh, best buy some spray then!! Thanks to you all. Have a Happy Easter.

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