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Clematis and rose question

Posted by forensicmom 7a (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 10, 12 at 12:41

I love clematis and have 13 different varieties. I currently have HF Young and Dr Rupple on a double trellis in one of my beds. I used to have a white climbing rose but it never did very well and finally died.

The trellis' are not huge (about 6' tall and 3' wide). Is it too small of an area to try another rose? Or would another clematis work best? If so, what is a good red one that is a pruning group 2, since my other's are 2 also???

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RE: Clematis and rose question

I would say that depends on the rose, and whether or not it's worth the thorns to you. For me the fragrant ones are. Wish I could tell you the name of the one that was already here, against a fence. It's at least 7 years old, red, mildly fragrant, and is just starting to make a show on the 4 ft. fence. It's chain-link so I've been training branches more out instead of up until last year when I let a few go around the top rail. It's blooming now over a solid area of about 4 feet in width, 2 feet high. So if you can find the right ramblin' rose that doesn't grow too fast, you can bend and shape it to fit about anywhere.

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