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Training against a fence help

Discussion in 'Roses' started by Jupes, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Jupes

    Jupes Gardener

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    Hi. Is it possible to train a shrub rose,etc rather than a climber/rambling against a fence? Normal fence size, I just don’t need anything too big. Looking for gorgeous orange and yellow roses.

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    • Sheal

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      I would have thought not, because of the bushiness of a shrub rose. A climber is ideal and that could be pruned to the height needed. @wiseowl is our rosarian and I'm sure he will be willing to give you the advice you need. :)
       
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        Good morning @Jupes my friend our fellow Rosarian @Sheal is also a Rose expert and always gives sound advice:smile: it is possible to grow a shrub Rose and train it to be a short climber ( there are a number of shrub Roses like this) but our friend @Sheal is right a small climber would Fan out more and you would get a better shape all round:smile:

        You could consider training a couple of modern shrub roses such as hybrid musks, tying their shoots up as if they were climbers, cutting back those that flower quite zealously and feeding them after their first June flush of flowers to encourage a second batch in late summer. 'Buff Beauty' (soft amber/apricot) does well as a ''pretend'' climber, as do 'Prosperity' (white) and 'Penelope' (pale pink).
         
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        • Jupes

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          Thank you both.
           
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