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R. 'Dublin Bay'

R. 'Dublin Bay'
A long-time favourite, continuous flowering R. Dublin Bay' is a fully double, rich, blood-red. The flowers are in clusters and have a perfume, although not strong. Fairly upright, R. Dublin Bay' is a good candidate for a pillar

Cultivation Plant in a sunny position away from strong winds which will the plant and loosen it from your chosen support. Plant with plenty of well-rotted compost to support a vigorous plant, and mulch each spring to retain moisture. 2.1m x 1.5m
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R. 'Lawrence Johnstone'

R. 'Lawrence Johnstone'
Syn. R. 'Hidcote'
Named after the creator of the famous garden, 'Hidcote', R. 'Lawrence Johnstone' is an early flowering climber with clusters of egg-yolk yellow flowers with prominent stamens and a slight perfume. Will repeat flower. Glossy foliage on an upright and angular plant.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position and add well rotted compost to develop a good loam. Tolerates some shade. 7.5m x 6.0m
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R. 'Mermaid'
R. 'Mermaid'
A climber with large single primrose yellow with golden-brown stamens. Billed as 'repeat flowering' by most authorities R. 'Mermaid' will often flower intermittently between seasons and carry flowers into the winter. and with a subtle fragrance. Glossy green, almost evergreen, foliage on a truly beautiful but viciously thorned rose, plant it on your boundaries to deter the unwanted! A vigorous and branching rose it will attain 9.0 x 6.0m.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position, although it will stand partial shade. Although R. 'Mermaid' will tolerate lighter soils, she will do better on a soil rich in humus. Mulch each spring to feed and improve moisture retention. 7.5m x 6.0m
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R. 'New Dawn'
R. 'New Dawn'
'New Dawn' has long beeen a favourite climber. Double pink, fragrant flowers that fade to soft pink are carried over a long season. 'New Dawn' has healthy, dark green disease resistant foliage and is a rose with few faults and a long flowering season, even carrying a few blooms in winter.
Cultivation At 6m (20ft) 'New Dawn' is robust enough for a pergola or archway, or to cover a small shed. Combine it with deep purple-blue clematis for a striking summer planting, or the deep red Clematis 'Ville de Lyon'.


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R. banksiae 'Lutea'

R. banksiae 'Lutea'
Syn R. 'Yellow Banksia'
A vigorous climber, the Yellow Banksia rose smothers itself in soft yellow flowers in spring. Almost thornless it is great for planting near walkways, where many thorned climbing roses are a hazard.

Named for Lady Banks, R. banksiae lutea was introduced to England from China in 1824. It was popular with the early colonists in New Zealand and is found in many old gardens

This is the hardiest of the banksia roses but will thrive only in frost-free gardens. Prune only lightly as flowers are carried on second and third-year wood.
Cultivation Plant on a strong fence or pergola as a mature plant will reach 10m (30ft) and as wide. Prefers full sun in a good, well-drained soil.
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Tie in climbers such as R. 'Wedding Day'

R. 'Wedding Day'
ne glorious massive flush of citrus-scented blooms in early summer, the yellow buds opening to large clusters of single creamy-white flowers. Often recommended as a climber, 'Wedding Day' is a beautiful rose but a monster! Good, deep green, glossy foliage make it attractive but the mass of vicious thorns makes it unsatisfactory near paths and high traffic areas.

An extremely vigorous climber 'Wedding Day' needs a strong support and a regular pruning if it not to completely swamp neighbouring plants or collapse its host! . And never, ever prune without arm protectors, as she is vicious! Ultimately 10.0m by 4.0m (32ft x 4.8ft), 'Wedding Day' is for larger gardens.
Cultivation Full sun, good moisture retentive soils, hardy in most regions. Tie in new growth in early summer to prevent being branches being torn on windy days and to achieve a good framework.
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R. 'Madame Alfred Carriere'

R. 'Madame Alfred Carriere'

Madame Alfred’s large, double creamy white flowers, touched with yellow at the base of the petals, appear in clusters in early summer and a second flush in autumn. However, there seems to be a bloom on this wonderful old rose almost throughout the year in all but the coldest winters. Late season flowers have a pinkish tone that can confuse those unfamiliar with this rose. The foliage is a light green, contrasting well with the pale flowers, and the fragrance is light, sweet and delicious.

Although her parentage is not known, Mme Alfred is considered to be a noisette, and was bred in France in 1879. Overwhelmingly voted the 'Best Climber' by the National Rose Society of England in 1908 she has stood the test of time and is still widely grown today.

A strong growing, healthy climber with good disease resistance, Mme Alfred is suited to gardens throughout New Zealand. A relatively trouble-free and comparatively thorn-less rose that is a good candidate for archways and pergolas where thorny roses pose a safety hazard. The flowers can become spotted in wet weather but will not ball. The canes are easiest to train early in the season when they are more flexible, becoming stiffer as the season progresses.
Sources Generally available
Cultivation Good soils and a position in sun fro best results, although tolerant of poorer soils and partial shade. Grows to 4.5-6.0 x 3.0-4.5m (15-20 x 10-15ft). Pruning: remove damaged or diseased canes each year and cut out one or two old shoots to encourage renewal. Shortening main shoots is not recommended as it results in a mass of re-growth at the cut, not a good look!
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R. 'City of London'

R. 'City of London'
Deservedly popular as it is continuous flowering and very fragrant. Large somewhat 'shaggy', open flowers in a very pale, blush pink are carried in clusters. Upright and bushy plant with bright, green foliage. Can be trained against a wall, as a low-climber, where it is most effective
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position, add well-rotted compost to provide a good loamy soil. 1.5m x 0.9m.
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R. 'Albertine'

R. 'Albertine'
A rambler, R. 'Albertine' will scramble over anything and provide you with a flush of pink-buff flowers in early summer. In cooler climates she will continue to flower right through the winter, any warm day opening one of the pointed buds. Fragrant and lovely, but we warn you against planting 'Albertine' near a path or arbour you will use often for her one draw-back is her vicious thorns. Remarkably disease free.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position, secure well if in a windy position. Add well-rotted compost to the soil when planting to provide a good loamy soil.
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R. 'Crepuscle'

R. 'Crepuscle'

A wonderful apricot climber bred in 1904, Crepuscle is deservedly popular in New Zealand gardens but strangely not often grown elsewhere. After the first huge flush of bloom in early summer you can expect intermittent flowers through the mid-summer heat, then another flush of bloom now in late summer through into autumn.

Pointed perfectly formed buds open to loose many-petaled blooms carried in clusters. There is a fragrance, few thorns and reddish-bronze tinged young foliage to add to the desirability of this rose. Grows best in warm climates (but does wonderfully on a fence despite cold winters in my Canterbury garden). Grows to 3.5m by 1.5m wide (12ft x 5ft). more when happy.

Try Crepuscle on a pergola or near an entrance where you can enjoy her long season.
Sources Available from specialist old rose and good mail-order nurseries
Cultivation Plant in good compost-enriched soil in a position with plenty of sun. Will also grow in shadier areas but expect leggier growth. Avoid strong winds and train against a fence or wall, or up a pergola. Prune, mulch and feed in late winter. Dead head and don’t let dry out in summer.
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R. 'Comtesse du Cayla'

R. 'Comtesse du Cayla'
An old China rose that has a wonderful semi-double flower, coral with a touch of yellow at the base, and an absolutely delicious scent, fruity and rich, as you would expect from a rose named for a mistress of Louis XVI. A rather twiggy bush, the Comtesse will flower over a long season from late spring into the winter, longer in mild climates.

The foliage is a good green and the new leaves are reddish. The Comtesse's only fault is that the flowers hang from the slender purplish stems, rather than the modern trend for upward looking blooms. The profusion of richly coloured flowers, the scrumptious fragrance more than make up for this. Great in the flower border where the good foliage and long flowering season make a real contribution.
CultivationPlant in good soil in a position with plenty of sun, as she becomes straggly and unkempt in shade, and the Comtesse will exceed the 1.0m (3ft) the books tell you to expect.
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R. 'Lady Hillingdon'

R. 'Lady Hillingdon'
Semi-double, heavily perfumed flowers of a rich yellow and grey-green foliage produces a lovely contrast. Repeat flowering. The stems are plum coloured and have few thorns making this a popular rose for an arch or arbour. An upright plant to 4.5 x 2.5m
Cultivation Plant in sun, R. 'Lady Hillingdon' needs protection in very cold areas. Plant in soil to which well-rotted compost has been added although will tolerate lighter, poorer soils.
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R. 'Alister Stella Gray'

R. 'Alister Stella Gray'
(syn R. 'Golden Rambler') Very fragrant, quartered double flowers are yellow and fading to cream. Profuse summer flowering with the blooms carried in drooping clusters. Foliage a dark, glossy green on a vigorous and upright plant.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny, shelterd position. Prefers a soil rich in humus (add well-rotted compost when planting) although will tolerate lighter, poorer soils. 4.5 x. 3.0m.
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R odorata 'Mutabilis'
R odorata 'Mutabilis'
Syn R. chinensis 'Mutabilis'. 'Mutabilis', 'Tipo Ideale')
The slender graceful branches of Rosa odorata 'Mutabilis' carry a profusion of butterfly like single blooms over a long season. Starting out buff-yellow the flowers fade pale pink and then to magenta. The foliage is coppery when young, becoming glossy green. The flower colour changes are what fascinate about this rose, but its character and elegance is what hooks most gardeners and rose lovers.
CultivationTry 'Mutabilis' as a low climber, in a container or in the border, at 1.2m(4ft) by 0.9m (3ft) wide she fits into the tiniest gardens.

Full sun, good moisture retentive soils and protection from harsh or cold winds is all she asks, frost hardy in most regions but will need protection in extreme climates.
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