Posted: 21/04/2012 at 10:40
I do that too Shell but using trees instead of roses. I tried climbing roses but they sometimes get blasted to death by our winters or severely knocked back. However, I'm about to try again by putting a clematis caerulea luxurians up rosa Constance Spry who does cope with winter but only flowers once so needs added interest in July and August.
I have clems growing up a toothache tree (sorry, lost the botanical name label), parrotia persica, a wisteria and hamamelis orange peel.
I also sometimes combine two clems from the same pruning group up one climbing support so their flowers can complement each other.