Posted: 06/04/2015 at 13:20
Re your roses Bekkie - I really like Woolerton Old Hall - beautiful soft apricot / pale yellow colour & lovely fruity, rich perfume. Looks lovely with some of the blue geraniums and rich purple salvias planted around.
The stems on mine (2 yrs old) are a bit thin & leggy so I've cut them back a bit harder this year even though they are shrub roses. Have you found the same? Hope they will become slightly sturdier plants as I would like to buy some more to go elsewhere in the garden if I can prove to myself that they will grow a bit stockier.
If you like yew it would be a good choice for your hedge - you know you can maintain it at the height you want & will stand being cut hard back if you miss cutting it for a while. It will only need cutting once a year & will be thick and dense from top to bottom. No flowers but low maintenance