Climbing Roses For Shade - Knowledgebase Question

West Chester, PA
Question by camilleshar
April 18, 2002
What would be the best climbing rose to plant in a shady/late afternoon sun garden?


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Answer from NGA
April 18, 2002

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Unfortunately, roses really require full sun to grow and bloom their best. This means about six hours a day of full sun with noon included in those hours. In a shadier location such as you are describing, you will probably be disappointed by a rose. You might prefer a clematis instead since it is more likely to bloom in less than ample light, although it too performs better in a sunny location. If you are determined to try a rose, Zephirine Drouhin is a climbing, antique Bourbon rose said to be shade tolerant. The pink blooms are fragrant and the plant is overall considered to be a good one, disease resistant and quite hardy.

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