Posted: 25/03/2015 at 14:30
thanks for all the replies and especially the photos tootles. I've just been to the local garden centre which has a large selection of roses but still didn't find "the one".
I think if I had to lose part of my criteria then obviously the holding onto leaves during winter could go but my garden really is white and purple so any other colour would stick out like a sore thumb i'm afraid and don't have another sunnier position for a rose so hoping the spot I have in mind will work even though its partial shade.
iceberg is such a beautiful rose, if only it would work in partial shade!
my concern with The madam Alfred is how big it says it'll get and my space is only a 6/7ft fence.