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Hi everyone, I want to plant a rambling/climbing rose that will grow along my fence. is there a rose that grows quickly and spreads a lot and ideally has a strong scent? Thanks all Yvonne

Look here. Gives you lots of info and lots of varieties

Much easier to look here and then ask for recommendations on the forum based on a selection that you make. Roses are very personal


Snap Dove 


 Hi Rosa - great minds think alike - I got distracted by Elvis Costello mid post and you beat me to it 



I planted a Gertrude Jekyll next to my Back Door last year. The fragrance is amazing and I'm itching for it to come into flower again.

Its described as a climbing rose ( With a little bit of training)

Gardening Grandma

How fabulous, Matt!    How do you manage the fact that it is so near the house wall?


I attatched a Trellis to the house


Hallo Yvonne, have a look at this website, very informative and a great selection of roses, they are based in Hampshire and Cornwall:


Gardening Grandma

Thanks matt. I really meant, do you have to give it extra feed and water more often because it is in dry soil? Or isn't it? I put a largeish conifer in a pot near my summerhouse last year and over the winter it died, despite all the rain. I'd had it for years and realised that I had really miscalculated how much rain it would get. I water pots in the summer but not in winter.

Anyway, back to roses. There are some super-vigorous roses, which grow fast but also grow pretty large and you have to take this into acount when you plan where they will go. Careful thought is needed, especially about how they will be supported.

I put in a Zephirine Drouhin last February and it is beautiful now - a thornless climber and has grown amazingly considering the cold wet conditions and the heavy clay soil we have here in this part of Scotland. The flowers are a beautiful pink and smell gorgeous - not too strong just perfect for my nose I love it so much I have just bought another and planted it yesterday and another 2 for the local primary school.
First time I have ever grown roses so I am quite chuffed

I grow it in Pure compost which I add rose food  and Bonemeal too. The rose is absolutely thriving in there and gets plenty of sun all year round. I'll post a picture when it comes into bud

Thanks everyone some great advice...think im gonna give zephirine drouhin and long john silver a go...will let you know how things progress

Zepharine Drouhin is lovely , and i am looking to get one but be warned it is prone to both black spot and mildew so needs to be in a sunny position.

Good luck 


Shabana Lewis

I also have Zepharine Drouhin for the beautiful fragrance but my all time favourite is 'New Dawn' (David Austin rose) which is a barely pink beautifully scented double rose that is super reliable and grows between 10-15ft.


Cecile brunner grows the quickest for me - masses of blush pink flowers.  At both my last garden and this one it has covered an 8 ft pergola in only three seasons.  I agree with Shabana that New Dawn is lovely too - really glossy leaves that don't ever get spotted.  That one does well in some shade too.

I sprayed my ZD with anti-fungal rose sepcific spray a few weeks after planting then again in the late summer and it has been fine so far.

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