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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.
I'd give consideration to Souvenir de la Malmaison - a similar shaped bloom to Shropshire Lad, a beautiful shell-pink with just a touch of apricot - a good climber, continuous flowering, very scented, a gorgeous rose - it sometimes suffers in the wet, but with the blooms hanging down through the pergola that shouldn't be a problem http://www.classicroses.co.uk/products/roses/souvenir-de-la-malmaison/
Thanks Dove. It looks a lovely rose. I've looked at various websites where it's featured, but several of them mention it's prone to rain damage. Unfortunately I don't live in a dry part of the country - like East Anglia!
..the trouble I find with Austin's is that they need other Austin's to set them off... I find they don't assort well with roses of a different type... they seem quite unique.. but maybe I'm being fussy there...and I do not always do as I preach...
...climbing Gertrude Jekyll might suit your purpose... if you don't mind all the thorns...
Not crazy about thorns, I have to say
I have an iceberg climbing over a pergola with shropshire lads growing up the front pillars - the white seems to work with the peach. I went for it because i thought it might be difficult to get another pink that doesn't jar with SL.
Ooh Chicky, that is really helpful! I had been thinking that a white rose might go best with SL. You wouldn't by any chance have a photo of your pergola, would you? Do you think Climbing Iceberg would be happy in a 40 litre pot? That's the size DA recommend for a climbing rose.
Not got any photos of it in bloom - and it looks a bit drab at the moment! Remind me again in June