Which Shrub Rose To Buy ?
Somerset, United Kingdom
I'd like to plant a shrub rose in the front garden and i don't know where to start regards which one to choose.
I know that i want repeat flowering and i don't want one with a bloom that's too 'open', i like a tradional looking bloom !
The position will be south-south west facing and the soil before improvement is a good well drained soil and alkaline.
I'd prefer it to reach 5' maximum and less than that in width .... i've looked at my old Rose book in The Expert series and can see that some can be 5' in height but only 3 or 4 in width .... that would be perfect .... if this still applies .... my book's years and years old !!!
The rose will be on a boundary/edge of the garden where a path will be 'behind' it (path leads to the next 2 houses).
The plant itself will be part of the backdrop for a herbaceous border and will be between a Euphorbia mellifera and a Pittosporum tenuifolium.
I've never bought a shrub rose and i'd be grateful if anyone has any input (good and/or bad) on them.
- 25 Jul, 2009