Posted: 08/01/2015 at 08:52
I agree Yviestevie about David Austin roses. I didn't grow roses until a couple of years ago - I have Gertrude Jekyll growing as a climber against a fence and am training it in an arch shape over a seating area and also have Princess Anne in my front garden in the borders.
Both are really easy to care for. I have muddled through the pruning with no major problems. Both smell amazing and the Gertrude Jekyll flowered right through to mid December. Princess Anne flowered early-mid summer then finished and then started again in October through to end of November.
I did try a couple in pots (Queen of Sweden and another I can't remember) but with the wet weather we had for a few summers I got very few blooms as the buds kept balling. I dont have a large garden and every plant has got to earn their place, so after giving them a few years chance, they had to go. I now have two Agapanthas in their place (cant remember the name but they are a deep, deep blue with very large flowers).