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Question: We are going to replant a rose hedge (6' plus) on west side of yard (in Phoenix, Ariz.)with a run of about 100 feet.

It gets a mixture of direct sun and shade from nearby bushes and trees. Some of the plants will get mostly "full sun" while some will get "mostly shade." We are flood irrigated.

My spouse wants multiple blooming. The person who will be taking care of them wants something that can be cut back once a year and then left alone. Landscape person has suggested a climbing rose (Blaze, Don Juan, etc.). I am looking for hardy, disease resistent and reasonably fast growing.
Nursery suggested asking you.

Any suggestions, comments, thoughts would be appreciated.

Answer: When you say "replant" do you mean there are existing roses? If so, I'm surprised that they would perform in "mostly shade" as they usually need full sun to bloom and thrive. I would not recommend them for a location that is "mostly shade." Roses are susceptible to powdery mildew if in poor sunlight and poor air circulation. Climbing roses can be extremely vigorous and need support and more maintenance than shrub roses, in my opinion. I think heritage roses (also called old garden roses) make great hedges. They are less fussy than hybrids, get very full, need pruning only once a year (January) and can bloom periodically. There is a list of roses (both heritage and modern) that do well in the desert in "Desert Landscaping for Beginners," 0-9651987 3-1, Arizona Master Gardener Press.

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