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Hi, I am after a hardy long flowering thornless climbing rose for my garage wall, could anybody suggest anything to me. The reason for thornless is because we have a path that runs alongside and children. Also if anybody can tell me the best time to plant and distance that would be appreciated.
Zephirine Drouhan is the only totally thornless one I know. It's very bright pink, repeats & has a great scent. It's not the most disease resistant one though.
Bare root you would plant when dormant in the winter. Container roses can be planted at any time, but would need watering through the summer.
Some of the David Austin roses are recommended as shortish climbers, Shropshire Lad & James Galway are lovely ones that I've seen & are meant to have very few thorns. There are probably others.
Have a look here http://www.classicroses.co.uk/products/roses/ - very good website helping you to select your roses, and a brilliant rose producer - you'll be bound to find something you like there
We grew Zepherine Drouihan outside our kitchen door, and it is definitely thornless. I believe there is a White one as well