Posted: 20/07/2017 at 13:59
I find new roses do best if potted up to develop their root system in peace and without competition from other plants in the border. Then it's a question of choosing colours and perfume and growth habit to suit your own needs and taste.
In my Belgian garden I planted DA roses except for one Kiftsgate, one Hot Chocolate and a couple of carpet roses which all did well and a New Dawn and a Guniée which succumbed to hard frosts below -25C. My rose supplier sold DA roses that were hardy for him in the Ardennes and that was good enough for me but I did have trouble with Grace, Molyneux and William Shakespeare bought direct from DA. Wussy and fussy and mostly dead.
The ones that did well (and some have come with me to this new garden) are Falstaff, Generous Gardener, Crocus Rose, Queen of Sweden, Jacqueline Duprée, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Benjamin Britten, Teasing Georgia, Malvern Hills, Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle and Constance Spry.