The Q&A Archives: Roses

Question: What type of roses will grow tall (will be planted against a fence) and tolerate some shade?

Answer: Unfortunately, roses are not shade growers and need full sun all day or for at least six hours with those hours including the hour of noon. They also need good air circulation, so growing them against a solid fence is sometimes not the best location for them. If you try a climber, you could train it along the top of the fence where it would receive more sunshine. Here are some to consider: Altissimo, Improved Blaze, America, New Dawn, Dortmund, White Dawn, and William Baffin. There are many more to chose from, of course. For more information about selecting and growing roses you might want to read up about them a bit. One book I particularly like because it is very straightforward is "Roses for Dummies" by Lance Walheim, Dummy Press ISBN 0-7645-5031-4.

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