I'm in Kirkland, WA (just outside Seattle). I don't spray, but I also don't find blackspot, pm, etc bothersome so long as they don't kill the rose.
OK. New house, new garden. Still in the planning phases as I haven't ripped the sod out yet, and there is an ancient half dead pear to be removed from the new bed area. This is all preplanning for my spring order.
We've got a deck out in front of the house fronted by an heavy duty cedar arbor that is about 7.5' tall and 12.5' long. At a right angle next to it is the fence into the side/back yard, over the gate is a matching arbor that is 4.5' across (width of the gate basically).
Blank slate, nothing on either arbor. Because they are so close together I'm thinking of unifying them a bit, they look rather odd as is. I'm thinking of a single big climber planted between them (their ends are right next to one another and at about a 90 degree angle)?
At least a clematis on the other end of the 12' arbor, maybe some other climbing vine on the other side of the small arbor as well? It is an odd arrangement but it gives lots of possibilities. We can also do two separate roses that compliment one another.
So that's the setup. I've never grown climbers as I used to live in frigid old Michigan where all my roses (except Rugosas) died to the ground yearly.
I adore New Dawn, but no idea how well it would do here. Really like old fashioned varieties. We could do a once bloomer if we add some other stuff for color later in the season I'm curious what you all would suggest?
Reblooming would be a bonus, fragrance would be wonderful, healthy and vigorous probably most important. Because it is right next to the deck something that isn't going to be a thorny octopus on the attack also quite important. ;)