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^out of interest, what roses did you buy, as I know you are a rose enthusiast.
looks like an Escallonia to me, perhaps the variety 'Apple Blossom'.
depends what is causing the shade but I've never known roses to be less beautiful in partial shade. If it's West facing - that's fine. Overhanging trees and their roots, may be not.
Yes I believe it is, although I haven't grown it. Perhaps someone else here has...?
^I like little gravel paths very much with plants billowing onto them.
The photo through the window is marvellous, - artistic, almost Monet-esque...?
You could frame that one
what colour do you want...?
yellow - Climbing Graham Thomas, Golden Showers
pink - Mortimer Sackler - Climbing Gertrude Jekyll - Compassion
red - Allen Chandler - Dublin Bay
there are others, so take your pick.
well it may have been the Sweet Briar rose - R. Eglanteria, which is also known now as R. Rubiginosa. Try that one.
looks rather like Hedge Woundwort [Stachys Sylvatica] - have a look at that one.
something bright and cheerful for a dull day...
The one you have, var. Repens, is a semi prostrate shrub suitable for growing over a low wall, and I suppose in a hanging basket as you have done, although I've not seen that before.
The other type of Thyrsiflorus is a large vigorous shrub. If this is what your friend has then I suspect it's the variety called 'Skylark' which has dark blue flowers and an upright habit and will grow to the size you indicated.