I need 7 tall (5-7') polyanthas. I already have Excellenz von Schubert and Perle d'Or (but mine is nowhere the 6-8' indicated at HMF). I am planning to get Lady Anne Kidwell but am at a loss as to what the other 4 will be. Any suggestions?
Go to Vintage Gardens' website and look for the Polyanthas with the #4 or #5 growth habit. Jot down those names, then look them up on HelpMeFind to see where you can buy them.
Here is a link that might be useful: Polyanthas at Vintage Gardens
A polyantha that is between 4 and 5 feet in my Puget Sound garden is 'Baptiste LaFaye' and would be taller no doubt if I didn't trim it back. I believe that 'Weeping China Doll' will approach 5 or 6 feet, as will 'La Marne'.
'Spray Cecile Brunner' should reach at least 6 feet. Kim Rupert's 'Lauren' is about 4 feet and might approach 5 feet when it matures except I keep it trimmed back.
I hope this helps a little - good luck with your search. Gean
Not a poly, but how about Jeanne Lajoie?
At least in my zone, I can't think of any polyanthas that are taller than 5-7', and frankly I don't have any that get close to that. Baptiste LaFaye is an excellent bloomer but stays around 3 feet for me, albeit in shade at the foot of an oak tree. There are always the teeny ones under 2' like Baby Faurax, Leonie Lamesch, Margot Koster, White Pet or Clotilde Soupert (but the latter balls even in my dry climate). Eutin, The Faun, and Marie Pavie stay between 3-4' for me, and I particularly like the rebloom on Marie (Eutin blackspots for me a lot). Perle D'Or stays under 4-5' for me in the shade and would probably do better in your zone. Pink Pet stays at a modest 3-4' for me and should stay in the range you want in your zone. Gartendirektor Otto Linne is the same size and closely related to Excellenz von Schubert (if not in fact the same rose).
Looks like you have a lot of good choices!
I heard that some of the polyantha climbers can be grown as shrubs suck as Happy climber and Opal Brunner - any truth to this?
I'd be looking to the shrub parts of the family. HMs like Trier, and the hardier Noisettes.
Opal Brunner remained as a four by nearly six foot mound, free standing in the Newhall garden. I don't know how they would perform in a significantly colder climate, but La Marne was easily 6' and more in Sacramento, head and shoulders taller than I am (5'8"). Kim
I spent some time in the polyantha section at Eurodesert when it was closing. The three bigges polys that I remember were Excellenz von Schubert (which I grow and it climbs), Lady Ann Kidwell, and The Gift. The Gift I have also and it climbs with support--becomes a big mound without. See some of pictures of it on the last page at HMF and you can see it climbing. Mine sets the most beautiful tiny red hips that are rather tasty!
Cl. Clotilde Soupert makes a beautiful climber--I've never seen it grown as a shrub but imagine it would be stunning.
Aunt Margy's Rose is supposed to get big if I recall what Ingrid has said (much bigger than indicated on HMF).
Melissa took the words out of my mouth about Aunt Margy's Rose but it must be mentioned that it's growing against a house wall and that may be the reason that it's reached almost 7 feet. The flowers are lavender pink, very old-rose in style and fragrance. It's been a healthy rose for me.