Answer: I used to feel the same way about roses. The first rose I ever tried was a climber and it got me hooked. Roses really don't deserve the "picky" reputation they have received. Don't get me wrong, you can fuss over a rose all you like, especially Hybrid Teas, but many varieties such as climbers and shrub roses are just as easy as any perennial. I might mention that a book that has guided me on my rose quest is "Roses For Dummies", it is a well worn reference in my gardening endeavors. I now have 3 roses, 2 of which are climbers, one of which I would like to recommend to you. It is a yellow called "Golden Showers". It is a very prolific bloomer, gets to be about 10' tall. It has a rich, tea rose fragrance. You can get it from Jackson and Perkins at 1-800-292-4769. Burpee offers a red climbing rose called "Blaze", it too blooms prolifically. I've never grown it myself, but have heard great reviews. Though you don't mention this color, Burpee also offers a coral-pink climber called "America" which I think would do nicely against the gray. I really love this variety, it has a spicy scent, blooms well, and is disease resistant to boot. You can reach Burpee at 1-800-888-1447.
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