This is an amazing rose. I've grown all mine from seed - and yes you can because they are a species rose. They germinated really well, and once they got going, they really got going. They climb well, and honestly seem to co-operate with you in going exactly the way you want them to! If you point them in a certain direction, away they go! Some of mine are growing in shade, and it isn't bothering them at all. I recommend them highly.