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Friday, 2 June 2017

Roses For Difficult Places

Roses are not solely limited to the sunny spots of the garden. That is not to say they do not prefer a reasonable level of sunlight. What important to us in our own gardens is where varieties can survive. 


Harlow Carr


The magnificent David Austin roses on the Nursery are largely varieties of shrub roses bred from old roses and modern roses (hybrid tea and floribunda types) to make English roses. Modern roses became increasingly popular at the end of the 19th century almost to the exclusion of old roses. It wonderful that they have been revived so sucessfully.



The beauty of shrubs roses is we can grow them into large bushes without having to cut them low down as we do with modern types. Many have also have also been bred to retain the large multi petal flowers, fragrance and good repeat flowering potential and disease resistance. You will find due to the vigour many shrubs will also make small climbers.


Shrub roses in mixed herbaceous borders
 The shrub roses mix well in herbaceous borders with penstemons, cranesbill geraniums aster salvias to name but a few. We also like to under plant roses with nepeta or lavender both act as good companion plants reducing pest and diseases and look perfect.


Munsteadwood underplanted with nepeta in a mixed herbaceous border. Wisley 2008 in the background
As a finishing touch we will often scramble viticella type clematis through the rose and benefit from two complimenting flowers.


Wisley2008 with a clematis companion


They also mix in shrub borders but do be wary. Do not plant them with too much competition from large overbearing shrubs as roses like a little breathing space to perform their best.

These roses produce a lot of flower. To help sustain more flowers mulch in the autumn or spring and feed, particularly as the flush of flowers is coming to an end and we want new buds to form.

If you have an old wall that is facing north where a climbing rose would look simply perfect you may think there is nothing you can grow you would be wrong.

Recommendations for a North Wall

The Pilgrim, Crown Princess Margret, Graham Thomas, Teasing Georgia or the Generous Gardener.

The Pilgrim


Soft, medium yellow flowers described as shallow cupped rosettes. This can be grown as medium sized shrub 120cm-90cm or small climber 3m.Fragrance classed as a delightful tea rose mixed with myrrh fragrance.

The Generous Gardener
Pale pink flowers graduating to white centres. An old rose musk fragrance. Shrub 150-120cm, climber height 3.6-4.5m.


Crown Princess Margret



Rich apricot-orange large rosette flowers with a fruity fragrance. 150cm x 140ch as a shrub or 3.6m as a climber. Arches well making it perfect for arbours.

Graham Thomas


Described as one of the best English climbing roses. Can be grown as a Shrub 120cm x 120cm or a climber 3m. Awarded numerous medals for fragranceShould you have a shady area and wish to grow a shrub rose there is a good selection of suitable candidates.

Recommendations for Shady Positions

Princess Anne, Wisley 2008 , Lady of Shallott, Thomas A Becket,. The generous Gardener, Harlow Car, Graham Thomas and Crown Princess Margret.

 Princess Anne


Remarkable disease resistance. 90 x 60cm. Unique unusual flower far prettier than the photo. Flowers over a long time.

Wisley 2008
150cm x100cm. Described as a fresh fruity fragrance with hints of raspberries and tea.

Lady of Shallott
Hints of spiced apple. Hightly disease resistant. 120cm x 100cm
Thomas a Becket
120 x 90 cm. Very disease resistant
Harlow Carr
Small sweet liitle rosette cups with an old rose fragrance. 120 x 90cm

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