Roses forum: growing roses in Hackney

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Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
May 28, 2019 8:32 AM CST
Hi folks.
My son wants to grow some roses on his tiny balcony in Hackney, northern London.
It looks as if he's in 9b, but I don't know what that's like on the ground; I'm in New
York. Is anyone familiar with gardening in that area?
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
May 28, 2019 4:10 PM CST
Probably would have to be Miniatures. And maybe some sort of hanging/draping Mini would be good.

I was going to suggest 'Sweet Chariot', but I don't think it's available in the UK.
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
May 28, 2019 7:20 PM CST
I would suggest (not know what the size of the balcony is) to start with a Patio Rose. I know a Patio Rose called Lovely Bride is available in England as well as Snow Bunny, and Carefree Days. Peter Beales nursery carries these roses and more. While the nursery is not in London, it would be a lovely day trip to go there and see the grounds. The roses are available via mail order as well. They may also be available at a more local nursery.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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May 28, 2019 9:28 PM CST
Do we know in which direction the balcony faces? It might make a difference in the choice of roses.
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
May 29, 2019 11:02 AM CST
All good points. Sun-direction and balcony size are really important factors.
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
May 29, 2019 2:35 PM CST
Thanks for your replies. The questions of size of the balcony and the amount of light are good ones. The answers are about 3 meters by 2 meters
and about four hours of light. I was really asking about the climate and temps. It's London of course, and its warmer than New York, but I don't
know the quality of light. I'll tell him to ask his neighbors and I'll be there in the fall and I'll ask.

My wife and I want him to plant a climber right up the front of the house. It's a row house and he has it's three stories, so I think that would be
dramatic (lots of light out there), but it would have to be in some kind of container. I also don't know the local ordinances, whether or not he can
put a container right out there on the sidewalk!!!

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