Roses forum: Can I keep my roses a certain size?

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chirchi
Oct 18, 2016 4:51 AM CST
Hi everyone,
I'm about to purchase several roses but the thing is my garden is rather small. I want to plant two roses next to my deck, like a hedge. The three roses I'm most interested in are David Austin's Princess Anne, and Golden celebration or The Poet's wife (I still can't choose between the two.)
Golden Celebration's width is 4ft and The Poet's wife is 3.5ft. The Poet's wife has a low, naturally rounded growth. They are too broad and a bit too tall for my garden, but I was wondering if by pruning them to 1ft tall or so each year the size can be managed. I never had roses before. Are they going to make huge shoots nonetheless even if I prune them low? Is it going to affect the blooming? Thank you very much in advance, you advice is much needed.

Protoavis
Oct 18, 2016 5:45 AM CST
Short answer is probably.

Pruning every year (depends where you are but after last frost is a general guide) is pretty standard. Encourages a more compact bushy growth with more blooms. With that in mind they can put out a lot of new growth so they may be a bit out of control depending on how long your growing season is.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 18, 2016 7:11 AM CST
It depends on where you live. Austins tend to grow much larger than described in warm areas and can send out long canes in a single season.
Porkpal

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chirchi
Oct 18, 2016 8:21 AM CST
Thank you for your quick answers, I live in the Paris suburbs, it's more or less the same climate than London.
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chirchi
Oct 18, 2016 8:30 AM CST
I have an other question, Princess Anne is listed as shade tolerant on David Austin's site but on the Royal Horticultural Society one and on Gardenia.net it needs full sun... confusing.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Oct 18, 2016 9:33 AM CST
I would go by what David Austin says; it's his rose.
Porkpal

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chirchi
Oct 18, 2016 9:51 AM CST
You must be right.

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