Do You Still Offer A Variety Of Climbing Roses? - Knowledgebase Question

Statesville, NC
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Question by wdevaughan
April 26, 1998
My current catalog from you (Gardens 98, 681767) lists only two climbing roses. While I do like the "Blaze" that you offer there, I thought I remembered that you used to offer the "Peace" climbing rose, among others.

I am looking for two different types of climbing roses:
- a pair of quick-growing climbers to be put on a ornamental arch entranceway in a mostly sunny location
- a single quick-growing climber, preferably white or yellow to be put on a brick trellis on the northwest corner of my house in a partly or mostly shady location.

Any suggestions (and possibly a copy of your rose catalog) would be very much appreciated.

W. L. DeVaughan, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), U. S. Army

Answer from NGA
April 26, 1998
Burpee is only offering the climbing roses "Blaze" and "America". As you probably know, Blaze is red and America is coral-pink. If you are interested in either of those, call Burpee at 1-800-888-1447.

Here are some suggestions for white and yellow climbers: "Golden Showers" (yellow), "Lace Cascade" (white). However, these won't grow well in a mostly shady spot. I couldn't locate a white or yellow variety that will thrive in the shade. The two above would work in your sunny spot though. If I may make a suggestion, the variety 'Zephirine Drouhin' does very well in the shade and it is vigorous grower and a prolific bloomer. This rose is a medium pink, very mildew resistant and has little (if any) thorns.

Another good choice for the sunny spot is 'Paul's Himalayan Musk', it is a very vigorous grower with lots of "old fashioned" pinkish-lilac blooms.

'Zephirine Drouhin', and 'Paul's Himalayan' are available from Wayside Gardens at 1-800-845-1124. Wayside also offers climbing 'Peace' that you inquired about. 'Golden Showers' and 'Lace Cascade' are available from Jackson and Perkins at 1-800-292-4769.

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