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In Your Opinion, What Is The Perfect Rose? I have very few roses in my garden but want to incorporate a few - shrub, climbers, ramblers. I've been looking at photos on here, reading blogs, looking at books and catalogues but I'm getting very confused. I read a question by Inverglen a couple of weeks ago along the same lines so the question is .... From your experience, which roses would you say are the most reliable, disease free, perfumed, have long lasting blooms or successive blooms and most importantly are easy to grow. Thank you



I eventually remembered the name of my big shrub rose and it was Felicia. And yes I can recommend it. Can easily get to 6 feet x 6 feet and ticks all the boxes.

Have recently planted a smaller rose ,Great Expectations , and in its first year is just covered in blooms. Delighted with it too.

Happy hunting. I expect you will be spoilt for choice.

23 Jun, 2011


I saw a beautiful climber at the weekend - a repeat flowering one, a glorious pinky-coral, disease free, with perfume. I WANT ONE! It's called 'Summer Wine'.

I like 'Dublin Bay', which I grow, and 'Handel'. Both climbers. I have just planted a new climber - 'Alibaba'.

I also like 'Rhapsody in Blue' (floribunda) as long as it's in with the pinks and mauves, it looks fabulous. 'Champagne Moment' is a hit in my island bed - it just flowers and flowers. Its only downside is the lack of perfume.

You really will have trouble choosing, and I do suggest that you try to see the flowers in bloom, Dawn - catalogue pictures are very deceiving.

23 Jun, 2011


If you want a smaller rose, floribunda type with yellow flowers, I'd recommend Korresia - bright yellow, fully double fragrant blooms, continuous flowering, disease resistance very good, flowers not affected by rain. Reaches about 2.5 to 3 feet high.

23 Jun, 2011


Thank you all so much, I can look at all your suggestions now and confidently order. There is nothing better than first hand experience. The catalogues only state the good aspects. I appreciate your help.

23 Jun, 2011


Is that the end? Thats a shame. I was looking forward to reading lots of responses to this question and getting lots of ideas too. But Ali Baba looks stunning.

24 Jun, 2011


Hi Inverglen, when I put the question on I was tempted to do a blog instead in the hope of more views. At least you, Spritz and Bamboo responded which is appreciated.

25 Jun, 2011


Have a look at Michaella's blogs and pictures and perhaps contact her. She has an amazing collection of roses in her garden.

26 Jun, 2011


Good idea Inverglen, I will do that :)

26 Jun, 2011


Hi DawnsAunt,I bought a standard rose 25 years ago and its still flowering well each year, its called Alex Red, I bought it in honour of my eldest son of the same name who loves it,it has beautiful double Red flowers and the most beautiful scent it simply keeps flowering over and over i would recomend it if you havnt got one? its doesnt seem to get get bothered by much in the pest/disease department either! I will post a picture of it in July when the flowers are out.

27 Dec, 2011


Look forward to seeing your future picture Liver!

29 Dec, 2011

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