Amazing Climbing Rose Suggestion

monsoon99(Z9 CA)December 6, 2010

I live in Pasadena and have a large prominent wall facing south and west. I want to plant a spectacular climbing rose and train it on this wall. I want it to be a repeat bloomer for as long as possible and if fragrant the better, color - not white otherwise ok. I am considering Altissimo but any other suggestion would be appreciated.

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Sounds like a great idea. Might you consider combining several plant varieties for extended bloom and contrasting color display?

    Bookmark   December 6, 2010 at 10:03PM
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CA Kate

Joseph's Coat

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 12:29AM
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monsoon99(Z9 CA)

Yes borderbarb. I think that is an even better idea to combine plants as we will certainly have a few months of having to stare at bare canes of the rose plant. Any suggestions?

I love Joseph's coat westelle. Definitely on my list now.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 12:00PM
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I only have a few roses ... Angel Face is my favorite ... takes neglect and less than ideal conditions and just keeps on blooming. Mine is a tree/shrub, but link below is to climber. I realize that the mauve/lavender color will be hard to combine with other colors. Iceberg has a climber. Why no whites?
Have you thought about Cecile Brunner? Great pictures here:
Please send pictures of completed project.

Here is a link that might be useful: Angel Face climber

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 2:28PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Altissimo is very striking but has bare 'legs' so underplanting a necessity.

Since you mention red being an option in your garden color plan Don Juan is a good red climber.

My favorite climber is Royal Sunset - a non-glare orange with amazing fragrance. Canes very stiff. Excellent disease resistantce. Not as eye popping as Joseph.

What are the other colors in your garden?

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 8:27PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I love my Climbing Pinkie, and it blooms very vigorously and often. It grows fast, and could cover your fence all by its little self. Here's a photo of it last Spring at one year old:

It's easier to train than Joseph's Coat, since the canes are flexible instead of stiff.

Jeri Jennings in the Rose Forum always recommends Fourth of July for Southern California, since it can take the heat.

Have you seen hoovb's Laguna rose?
Link is below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hoovb's Laguna

    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 12:08AM
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If you like Altissimo, you would like Dortmund even better. A more attractive blossom, more of them, and more repeat blooming, and good winter hips. Al

    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 10:09AM
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monsoon99(Z9 CA)

Thanks everyone. I have also posted on the rose forum and got some very good suggestions, including not planting Altissimo which I agree with. I have a cecile brunner somewhere else and would never plant another one. It is too aggressive and blooms once a year but what a show those few weeks. What a beautiful garden renee and that climber looks gorgeous. I will check out all the suggestions. Also the house is a mediterranean style home and there isn't much landscaping in it yet but I am leaning towards olive trees and lavendars in the general areas where this wall stands. BTW the wall is part of the main house on a two storey home. The climber will have an 8 by 13 space to grow on SS wires against this wall. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 2:39PM
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