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Jun 09 • 2012 • AlbertineCecile BrunnerClimbing RoseFlowerGypsy BoyRamblingRose Gardens

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Eccleston Square Gardens. London.

Open This Weekend.

Growing roses in small town gardens is a tough call. The temptation is to scale down with neat pompom roses, potted miniatures and bred-for-purpose, frequently scentless — and soulless — patio roses. Keeping them contained and small is a mistake, however, as even if it's just for one moment in summer, roses need to dominate the garden with a profusion of bud and blooms as well as intoxicating perfume.

'You may not have room for climbing roses, but you could have one heartbreaker'

To see roses at their magnificent best visit Eccleston Square this weekend, which is only open to the public on Sunday June 10, as part of the London Open Garden Squares Weekend. This is the place where, thanks to long-term Eccleston Square resident and world-renowned rosarian Roger Phillips, who has managed the garden since 1981, you will find species roses that he brought back as seed from China rubbing stems with modern repeat-flowering roses such as David Austin's Abraham Darby. Some of the 300 climbing and shrub roses planted over the years are tender, but thrive in this central London microclimate; here, the rare but sometimes temperamental Bengal Rose is only out of flower in November. Full-time gardener Neville Capil, a New Zealander who has introduced cabbage trees and other southern hemisphere exotica to the nearly two-centuries-old garden, doesn't spray the roses and doesn't mind blackspot because, he says, it doesn't affect the blooms.

Robust survivors

New roses are planted with mycorrhizal fungi to stimulate root growth and first-year roses are given a feed of powdered chicken manure, not just in early spring along with the rest of the roses, but at the beginning of autumn as well. Capil will also give them a leaf mulch at the end of winter. "Roses are survivors and I think they actually perform well under stress," he says. He simply prunes back the shrub roses by a third or a quarter at winter's end. "The important point is to prune with the bud growing outwards. And if you cut back repeat-flowering roses by half after they've performed, they'll flower again." Capil, who will be on hand to offer advice, promises a lot of colour this Sunday. The exquisite butterfly-like flowers of Rosa mutabilis will greet you at the main gate, together with the more demure sugar-pink climber, Cecile Brunner. Roses such as apricotflowered The Garland scramble into every tree. Alister Stella Gray's soft yellow blooms will smother the arbour near the garden shed. The point to learn from this sensational garden — which also holds the National Collection of Ceanothus, and has a hundred-plus camellias — is to think big, just this once. You may not have room for even several of the climbing roses and shrub roses of Eccleston Square, but you could have one heartbreaker. Coax Francis E Lester into an apple tree. Grow Albertine over the garden shed. Train The Garland against the house wall. Got a garden seat? Copy the visionary at a Norfolk garden I once visited, where five Gypsy Boy roses crowded around a bench, serenading the enchanted visitor with their burgundy flowers and sublime fragrance. The clever gardener also trained the rambling roses to shimmy up the walls and left the remainder of the long flower-studded stems unpruned, so they bent over, and cascaded right down again. Let other shrubs be workhorses, offering different features through the year. For a few glorious weeks in June — sometimes beyond — let roses rule your garden. Eccleston Square Gardens, SW1, open this Sunday June 10, from 2pm to 5pm; an Open Garden Squares ticket can be used, or bought at the main gate for £12.

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Rambling Rose

1906.   15ft-25ft

A beautiful old rambler that seems to have been popular for ever.

The bright salmon pink blooms appear in clusters over quite a long flowering period in the summer.

The blooms are a deeper pink in the centre with a yellow base.

Not for the small garden or the faint hearted as it can easily reach 25ft (8m) when mature.

Upright vigorous growth with shiny dark green leaves which are tinged with bronze green at the edges.

The late Jack Harkness described this rose as one of the most beautiful of the wichuraiana hybrids.

A very versatile rose as it will tolerate shade, poor soil, will grow on a North wall, and is a excellent rose for rambling up trees.

A pleasant fragrance which is reminiscent of apples.

Often confused with 'Albertine'

Bred in France 1906

Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit.1993


Details of all our roses are available on our web site.

Over 1000 varieties to choose from.




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”


Climbing Rose. 1901.  15ft

Over a century old but still grown in gardens around the world.

Very large globular blooms of clear satin pink.

A good vigorous climber with a long flowering period.

Excellent disease resistance .

A Useful rose as it will cope with a North wall, poorer soils and partial shade.

An excellent rose for arches, pillars pergolas and walls where the lovely scented blooms can be appreciated.

Heady Fragrance.

It is said that the original Mme Caroline Testout was a milliner, who bought the name of the rose to promote her business.


Climbing Rose. 1927.  10ft-12ft

A fine climbing rose with huge blooms of soft rosy carmine with crimson shadings.

The blooms are ruffled and can come singly and in small clusters.

Summer flowering but a breathtaking sight in full bloom.

If spent blooms are not removed, very large pear shaped fruits are produced that change slowly from green to yellow gold.

Lovely dark green foliage with good disease resistance.

Tolerant of a North wall  situation and very vigorous.

Originally from Spain and is also known as 'Spanish Beauty'

Has won numerous award including,

Bagatelle Gold Medal 1927.

American Rose Society John Cook Medal 1929.

Royal Horticultural Society  Award Of Garden Merit. 1993.



Shrub Climber David Austin  2002.  6ft-8ft

A rose of rather different character from other English Roses.

The medium sized, soft pink flowers start as pretty, rather pointed buds, opening to loosely double cups that are held in large, open sprays.

The growth is tall and airy, with dark, very nearly thornless stems.  A dainty and extremely healthy rose for the back of the border and equally good when grown as a climber.

Will tolerate a North wall.

Lovely Old Rose fragrance with delicious hints of fruit.

The right to name this rose was auctioned on behalf of the National Trust to raise funds for their gardens..  It was bought by Mrs Sackler for her husbands birthday.


Rambling Rose. 1883.8ft-10ft

(Rose Of The Week)

Large trusses of semi-double lilac pink flowers on a vigorous upright plant.

Repeat flowering Noisette which is always welcome in a rambler.

It is reminiscent of 'Blush Noisette' the original Noisette rose.

Best in sun but can cope with a North wall situation.

A very desirable rose to have in the garden.

Quite a stunning sight when in full bloom with the added bonus of a lovely perfume.

Narrow Water Castle stands on a narrowing section of the Carlingford River between Newry and Warrenpoint.   This river marks the boundary between Eire and Northern Island.

Discovered in 1883 and introduced into the UK by Daisy Hill Nursery in Circa 1901

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 to choose from.




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”


Climbing Rose.

1963.  10ft-12ft

This really is one of the best yellow-flowered climbing roses around, and its floriferousness is quite remarkable.

The soft yellow, double, quartered blooms are well formed, very full and fragrant.

They hold their large, old fashioned shape well and  and repeat superbly, often up to 5 times per year.

The hips if deadheading is not completed, are large, round and attractive.

Also makes an excellent cut flower.

Dark green glossy healthy foliage which has good disease resistance.

Best in sun, but will tolerate a North wall.

A good rose that has not received the attention it deserves.

National Rose Society Gold Medal Winner in 1963.


Climbing Rose.

1928.   15ft plus

 A popular old rose which is not so widely used these days which is a great shame as it is very beautiful and versatile.

Although it is called a climber it is also known as a rambler as it has a rambling habit and mostly summer flowering.

The blooms are vivid pink which are not to everyone's taste, and have golden yellow stamens.    

The blooms are produced in large clusters of 8-12 and are very free flowering and last for ages, with some scattered flowering later in the season.

Glossy mid green foliage plus a nice musky fragrance.

Grows to 15ft plus and is suitable for growing up trees and will also cope with a North wall.

Well worth a place in any rose lover's garden.

Bred by Chaplin Bros.  UK


Royal Horticultural Society, Award of Garden Merit.  1928

Royal National Rose Society Certificate of Merit. 1928

Royal National Rose Society Gold Medal 1928

Also known as Chaplins Pink.    Chaplins Pink Cluster.


Rambling Rose.

1945.   15ft

This lovely old Rambler has been around a while, but we have included it in our Rambler section as we have had so many requests for it as it is considered to be one of the best of the repeat ramblers.

Most ramblers are only summer flowering, but this is one of the few that repeat well.

It produces large clusters of creamy white blooms with attractive yellow centres, plus quite a good perfume for a rambler.

Leathery glossy green foliage which has excellent disease resistance.

A very versatile rose as it can be grown up trees, is shade tolerant, can be grown on any aspect including a North wall and will cope with poor soils.

Won an American Rose Society Gold Medal in 1950

Bred by Tantau. Germany 1939-1945. There are some date differences of opinion regarding this rose.


(Rose Of The Week)

Climbing Rose

2004.   8ft-10ft

Large beautifully shaped blooms of bright pink with a continuous flowering habit.

It always seems to be in flower and the blooms keep coming right through until the autumn.

In our opinion one of the nicest climbing roses to arrive on the market for some while.

Plenty of large, dark green, semi glossy foliage with a good health record.

A very attractive rose with a good perfume.

A super rose to have either side of the front or back door.

Will grow on a South or North facing wall.


DANCING QUEEN  (Fryfestoon)

Since 2006 a few roses are selected each year for this prestigious award.   Based on cumulative information from invited independent judges, the Gold Standard is awarded to worthy varieties.

Health,  floriferousness,  scent and commercial appeal are all considered key factors in the final choice.

Bred by Fryers Roses .UK.

For further information  please see  Gold Standard Roses on the Main Menu.


Mamma Mia,   Super Trouper.

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