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I need a very fragrant, rambling rose, preferably yellow or cream. Also I 'd like it to be evergreen (is sthis possible?), disease resistant and repeat flowering. Am I asking too much. I'd welcome any advice.
You can have everything you ask for except totally evergreen.
How big does it need to be? Does it have to be a rambler? One of my favourite roses is Buff Beauty, which is a creamy yellow hybrid musk rose which grows into a very large bush or can be used as a climber. Here are some pictures of it http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=buff+beauty+rose&hl=en&rlz=1C1SVEE_enGB425GB425&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=mpz0T8WSKorY8gPbpLGEBw&sqi=2&ved=0CFsQsAQ&biw=1092&
It has a strong musk rose perfume which it 'casts on the air' especially on a warm evening. It is disease resistant and has dark green glossy foliage which it does hang onto for most of the year. I love this rose.
Try sending off for the david austin catalogue free of charge 01902 376300. Just received mine and its a lovely read with many pictures/hints/tips on all sorts of roses.
Many thanks. Buff Beauty look wonderful and I will give it a go. I will also get hold of the catalogue - should have thought of that!
This website is really useful too http://www.classicroses.co.uk/
Thanks for putting me onto that, I had a look and found some beautiful roses. I'm spoilt for choice now!