Posted: 18/09/2017 at 17:18
Roses are hungry so make sure you prepare the soil well by adding in plenty of well rotted manure and garden compost to add nutrients and improve texture. Before you plant your climbing or rambling roses, make sure you screw in supports such as vine eyes to hold tensioned wires horizontally between them at 15 inch intervals. You then tie in the stems - loosely for growth - as horizontally as possible to get as many flowers as possible.
Snow Goose will only grow to 8' so you'll need 4 to cover that wall.
Gertrude Jekyll is a gorgeous rose with strong perfume but she also has vicious thorns so you may want to re-think having her either side of an arch that people walk through.
Planting distances depend on the eventual width of your chosen roses - eg 4' wide means 4' apart so each rose can achieve its circumference without being pushed for space. The David Austin website offers plenty of info on colours, perfume and sizes of its roses. Have a look also at Harkness and Peter Beale's altho ordering from just one site is more likely to get you a discount for bulk or special off