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I've got a gertrude jekyll rose shrub which i love , have just planted zepherine drouhin, now havign read a lot of bad things about it getting blackspot and never thriving thinking i may have to replace with another strongish pink climber, do you have to buy a particular climber of this rose or just another shrub and train?
...you might like to enquire with David Austin Roses but I believe the shrub and climbing versions of Gertrude Jekyll are just the same rose, as the shrub will throw up long canes which you can train to 6 or 8 foot.... I used to cut these off keeping it as a shrub... so I would buy another GJ in a container and plant that, if you really want another... they are so terribly thorny...
but they smell sooo good that I can forgive them
I agree the smell is so delicious evn my little girl at 16 months last summer used to bury her nose in th e flowers and inhale!
But.....is ther another strong pink climber that smells as good? anyone tried james galway? Just ordered st sswithun and generous gardener, want stronger 1 in case zepherine is disaster so can combine with white clematis 'wedding day' (anyone tried that? Plan to order with garden voucher got for our wedding)
I have James Galway which is a David Austin shrub/climber. It grows to about 5ft which they say is suitable as a small climber. It has a wonderful scent and has never suffered with any disease.
Shropshire Lad is lovely - but more of a peachy colour than a strong pink.