Last January I planted 4 David Austin roses at the base of my pergola.I was told that my choice of A Shropshire Lad was a good one to train as it is reasonably lax growing. In reality, the stems are quite thick and not at all pliable - though the flowers were lovely. Several of the stems are growing away from the trellis support and there is no way I will get them to bend towards it. I don't think these plants are likely to cover the top of the pergola. So I am planning to plant another rose that will eventually give me the look I'm wanting - a pergola festooned with blossom, and a joy to walk under!
Any suggestions? Ideally it would be fragrant and repeat flowering, but I might have to compromise on this. It needs to contrast or blend with the peach/apricot shade of Shropshire Lad, but could have flowers in clusters.
Any ideas gratefully received! Happy.