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One of the most common requests we have is to suggest climbing roses that will grow on a North wall .  Over the next few weeks we will highlight all  the climbers we have  that will  tolerate a Northern aspect.

However you have to accept a simple golden rule.

“More sun. More flowers”


(Rose Of The Week)

 English Rose. David Austin. 1991.  3ft-5ft The Pilgrim has some of the most perfectly formed blooms.  They are quite large, shallowly cupped, and rosette shaped, the colour is a medium yellow, paling towards the edges giving a softness of colour which is rare among yellow roses. The fragrance is a delicious mix of the classic Tea scent and the English myrrh scent. A very healthy and reliable rose. Equally excellent when kept pruned as a relatively upright but bushy shrub or trained as a climber which should reach around 8ft or more and can also cope with a North wall.


Rambling Rose. 1909.   15ft.

A very popular vigorous rambler which is almost thornless. Pretty blooms of violet streaked with white fading to grey in large  clusters and show prominent yellow stamens. A lovely sight in full bloom in the summer and flowers a little earlier than most ramblers. Pale green pointed foliage which is fairly disease free. Very useful as it will also grow on a North wall or up through a tree. This is the best known of the three similar violet-purple ramblers, the others being 'Rose Marie Viaud' and 'Violette'. Scented.

Also known as  'Blue Rambler'   'Blue Rosalie'  &  'Violet Blue'

Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit 1993.

ZEPHERINE DROUHIN (The Thornless Rose) Climbing Rose. 1868.   10ft.

Lovely blooms of cerise- pink with a white base. A famous old favourite which is very free flowering over a long period. Can also be grown as shrub. One of the very few completely thornless roses available. A vigorous rose which is easy to grow  and can make a good hedge. A very useful rose as it can also grow on a North wall, will cope with shade and poor soil. Lovely perfume.

Also known as 'Thornless Rose'

Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit 1993

SIMILAR ALMOST THORNLESS ROSES. Climbers & Ramblers. A Shropshire Lad.   Bleu Magenta. James Galway.     Kathleen Harrop.   Mortimer Sackler.   Rose Marie Viaud.   Veilchenblau.   Violette. Shrubs. Most Gallica Roses.    Reine de Violettes.   Sophie's Perpetual. Some English Roses A Shropshire Lad.   James Galway.   Goldfinch.   Kew Gardens.   Mortimer Sackler.   Tea Clipper.

For further information , see ‘What Rose Where’ on our web site

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties of roses to choose from.

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