Roses forum: Growing Zephirine Drouhin up a wall

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May 12, 2016 9:50 PM CST
I've never had a climbing rose before, but I took the plunge and ordered a Zephirine Drouhin for a white, cedar-shingled, south-facing wall. I'm assuming I need some sort of trellis to get the rose up past the concrete foundation, but beyond that, I'm a little unsure. I was thinking I would put screw eyes into the cedar siding and run wires between them. I'd like to grow the rose around a window that's about 6' above ground level so it looks like this picture, but I'm just not quite sure what to do and exactly what kind/gauge of wire I should use. I'd rather not mis-drill the holes in the siding either, so I would love some advice before I do something I can't easily undo. Thanks for any advice!
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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May 13, 2016 6:55 AM CST
I don't know how to help, but I wonder whether your plan might not make painting your house rather difficult.
Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
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May 13, 2016 8:00 AM CST
I don't think you'll need the trellis. Zephirine grows fast! You could use heavy string from the lowest eye to the cane, loosely tied, shortening the string as the rose grows. My Zephirine had 10' canes and it was on the east side of the house! Remember that canes growing sideways produce the most blooms, so try not to have too many going straight up.
A dark purple clematis looks incredible with Zephirine, and if you find one that blooms mid-summer, it will fill in for when Zephirine is not in bloom.
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Name: Buttonwood
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May 25, 2016 6:42 AM CST
Such a beautiful rose- I have one climbing on a fence in southern exposure. Bloomed this week...
If I were you, I would cut the rose back enough to get behind it and create a sturdy trellis system about a foot from the exterior walls of your home for it to travel. You may want to anchor it discreetly in a few key places where it would minimize puncturing siding to give it stability on top- It could give the same appearance around your window, but will also preserve your siding, and allow for it's maintenance.
Good luck- I would love to know how your project turns out!
Name: Aileen
Toronto, ON (Zone 6b)
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Jun 1, 2016 12:11 PM CST
Sorry don't know the answer to your question but I really like this rose. I would like to get one. However, I searched online and couldn't find anyone who sells it to Canada. Wondering if any Canadian nursery has it on sell.
Name: Zuzu
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Jun 13, 2016 6:30 PM CST


Here's a list of nurseries either located in Canada or willing to ship Zephirine Drouhin to Canada.
Name: Aileen
Toronto, ON (Zone 6b)
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Jun 14, 2016 9:21 AM CST
Much appreciated. This is very helpful!
Name: Andi
Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b)
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Jun 21, 2016 12:55 PM CST
I have been trying to grow this rose for a while. I got one on sale from a big rose house and one own root. Neither survived. I will try again with a good specimen. The trellis is ready.....clematis climbing .....dead rose roots still in the ground waiting for resurrection.....

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