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28/02/2014 at 14:46

Got an area 3 foot x 3 foot in a front garden which gets the sun in the afternoon and is next to a 3 foot tall hedge

Any suggestions for my first foray into roses please friends


28/02/2014 at 14:59

I'd go for one of the rugosas

This one come highly recommended but I prefer one of the single flowered ones.


28/02/2014 at 15:44

...I like Rugosa's very much but for a beginner, I would suggest going with the modern flow of things and buy the rose of the year 2014 'Lady Marmalade' which you can now find in all garden centres.... if you don't mind that colour....

28/02/2014 at 15:48

Try some of these suppliers.

I'd go for a bush or shrub rose with plenty of scent myself, but it's great fun choosing one.

28/02/2014 at 17:11

I can also recommend  I bought my two climbing roses from them. The website is very informative so made picking the roses that were right for my garden easier.  


Good luck with your search Newboy2.


28/02/2014 at 17:15

You don't say which colours you like or if you prefer double or single flowers. I love David Austin roses, mentioned above. Look old fashioned, but are modern so repeat flower, smell lovely and many are disease resistant. Don't need loads of pruning as are shrub roses.

28/02/2014 at 20:06

Lizzie - i read here recently that shrub roses don't need much pruning - mine are now going in to their fourth year, and up to now i have pruned them quite hard.  This year i have left them alone apart from getting rid of dead stems - is this a good plan, or should i get out there tomorrow and take them back a bit?

NewBoy - my personal favourite (and makes it onto a lot of recommended lists) is Gertrude Jekyll - bright pink and gorgeous smell

28/02/2014 at 22:04

Shrub roses that don't repeat need a very light prune, just to tidy up, and removal of dead wood. Shrub roses that repeat flower need a light prune, can shorten by up to a third and remove oldest and dead stems. HT roses need a hard prune.

01/03/2014 at 00:01

Thanks Lizzie - all mine are repeat flowerers, so will go and do some judicious snipping tomorrow after all!

01/03/2014 at 07:50

i love roses so much i have a v long can't help you choose, i spend hours browsing david austin and classic roses sites...i even got 1 from aldi yesterday for £1.89! it's a hybrid tea called pink favourite,wasn't on my list but thought i'd give it a try at that price, hope to plant it today,we'll see what happens! anyone got this type

01/03/2014 at 16:53

Iceberg is a lovely white rose that's hardy and flowers well .

01/03/2014 at 21:30

Probably,the rose that i've had most success with is a David Austin rose and that is Darcy Bussell,it's only small,Darkish red and tough as old boots.It's got to be easy to grow if i can grow it.I also like Princess Anne.

03/03/2014 at 10:18

Many thanks for all that info and sites Friends

I will let you know what I chose

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