Growing DA 'St. Swithun' as a shrub
Two years ago I bought a St. Swithun climbing rose. Since it was planted in May 2012 it has become an almost 4 metre tall monster.
When I pruned it this year in mid-March I decided to see whether any of the thick canes I cut out would 'take' as cuttings - without much hope of success, I must admit. I potted them up in a mix of 3 parts coarse sand to 1 part potting mix and - lo and behold - I now have about a dozen very healthy looking plants.
I'm wondering whether it's even worth trying to grow these plants as shrub roses instead of climbers (I don't have any room for more climbers)?
I read somewhere that when taking cuttings of a climbing rose to be sure not to take them from the lateral growth because the resulting plants might revert to the bush/shrub form. Unfortunately, I didn't take my cuttings from any lateral growth so am I destined to have all climbing plants?
I would appreciate advice from anyone who has taken a cutting of a climbing plant in the hope of getting a 'normal' shrub as a result.
I also think I read that the Austin climbing roses aren't climbers in the true sense but merely very vigorous shrubs, however, I can't imagine St. Swithun as a 4 metre tall shrub :-(