Posted: 22/01/2015 at 12:02
I have an archway which I'd like to grow a climbing or rambling rose over. It;s in a sunny position with clay soil, only problem is that there are some old concrete footings about 30-40cm away and about 40-50cm below the ground which I think would restrict the root run. I can't remove the concrete as it would just be a huge job involving digging up a path and other established plants.
I wondered about choosing a very vigorous rose like Rambling Rector which would normally be too vigorous for a 7.5ft tall archway but perhaps the root restrictions would make it less so? Or should I just go for one appropriate to the situation (I was thinking of Francis E Lester) & just give it lots of care and attention?
Or maybe I should just go for a different plant, but struggling to come up with any ideas where the root restrictions wouldn't be a problem - I want a shrub or perennial flowering climber.
I hope someone can give me some advice!