Roses: choosing the best

Roses are one of the largest groups of plants available to gardeners, so choosing specific varieties can seem like a daunting prospect. Whether you are looking for a rose to climb a shady wall, roses for a hedge, or a rose to train up a pillar, our short guide will set you on the right path.

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Quick facts

For a shady or north wall: R. ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’ (N) AGM
For a sunny sheltered wall: R. banksiae ‘Lutea’ (Ra/d) AGM
For climbing into trees: R. 'Paul’s Himalayan Musk' (Ra) AGM
For training up pillars: R. 'Pink Perpétué' (Cl)
For attractive foliage: R. glauca (S) AGM
For impressive hips: R. 'Geranium' (moyesii hybrid) AGM
For fragrance and flowers: R. Gertrude Jekyll = ‘Ausbord’ (S) AGM

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