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Hello all

I was wondering if anyone could suggest a rose that would do well in a pot to climb a fence? Ideally I would like one that flowers well and smells nice. I am not to bothered on colour. The fence gets sun for most of the day only shaded in the morning.

I have an area in the garden by the shed which I am not sure what to do with. I was think of some kind of small flowering tree? The area gets good sun through the day. I have already planted a small weeping willow (not sure of its name but its a mini one) at the back of the garden.

Any suggestions would be great as always!


Hello Pinkypoo. I can't recommend a rose as I have discovered that scent is very subjective - things that smell delightful to me barely register with my husband, and vice versa. However, I would recommend a fruit tree to you. How small is small? 

You can buy tiny apple trees that have wonderful blossom followed by apples! Or if you want something a bit bigger you could buy a plum tree. They have pretty flowers and - yes - plums!



re rose - how tall is the fence and how big a pot do you have?

re flowering tree - what  size is the area - what's the biggest the tree can grow to without being a nuisance?


re your weeping willow - is it a Kilmarnock willow? 



Yes Dove that looks like my tree!

I would like a tree that is about the size of that, something that wont grow huge and shade the garden probably about 7-8ft max? I am just really guessing as I am not really sure on what I would like there!

For the rose I dont have a pot yet so will buy the pot depending on the size I need. the fence is about 6ft tall and the area it will cover is probably about 4ft wide.


I think I'd go for a Prunus subhirtella 'Fukubana' - scroll down on this link and there's a description and pic - failing that there are other suggestions for small garden trees. 

One of the best scented small climbers I know of that is happy in  a container is Celine Forestier , but again, if that's not to your liking that website has a very good search facility down the left hand side of the page. 



Thank you all for your suggestions, I have a lot to look up now and I will keep you posted on what I do pick and try and get some photos up once planted!

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