Time to fill the gap – a summer rambler perhaps?

Rosa-Debutante-againIt is definitive – after a year’s grace my beautiful old climbing rose is definitely dead. Last weekend I spent a few hours cutting down and removing the old skeleton of tangled lifeless branches. This winter’s tidy up has revealed quite a gap on the east end of the pergola and dividing trellis.

Initially I had been considering another pink rose planted away from the site of the dead rose, but still trailing up over the pergola. There are hundreds of pink roses to choose from and it is a case of deciding what qualities I would like such as colour, scent, length of flowering period, height and possible hip production. And, also very importantly whether the rose will tolerate my impoverished, free-draining soil and low rainfall. But another pink rose?

Perhaps not pink then. How about a white rose (the neighbouring wisteria is white) or even a pale yellow?

Of course, also, what about hips too for the autumn and winter months?

But having a good think and looking again at some of my favourite colour combinations.


And, I think that the peachy apricot colour I’m looking for could be this rose, rosa François Juranville. It was first introduced in 1906 and as it is a Wichurana Rambler it will only flower once in mid-summer, but within a few years that should make a spectacular display for July. It’s the colour and scent that wins the day!

François Juranville
Sprays of scented double flowers, rosa François Juranville.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

4 thoughts on “Time to fill the gap – a summer rambler perhaps?”

  1. Anticipare hearing what you finally decide although that apricot coloured rose you mention at the end sounds perfect. Looking at the photo you have a very nice winter garden.

    1. By local standards my winter garden is bordering on shameful as I don’t tidy properly until March. I try to leave it as late as possible so all the overwintering wildlife is not disturbed too early. Gardening is a patience game so it will be a couple of years before the rose is up to much.

  2. I’ve only recently come to appreciate roses. Of course I love them – who doesn’t? But I thought they had too many barren months to earn their keep in the garden. Moving here, with so very many traditional rose varieties all over the place has made me realise the special contribution they make – and for longer than I’d realised. Have fun making your choice!

    1. I think the knack with roses is to grow with a good mix of other plants. Unless you’ve got an estate and a head-gardener a traditional rose garden is a demanding luxury. In Roy Strong’s book ‘Successful Small Gardens’ he has an example of a ‘Pergola back garden’ which has climbing roses earning their place even in a small city garden!!

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