I am look­ing for a good thorn­less rose

Pam Davies, by email

Gardeners' World - - Gardeners’ Question Time -

ANNE SAYS My favourites seem to be tall or climb­ing, so I hope you have space. The first that springs to mind is bour­bon rose ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’, a re­peat-flow­er­ing climber bear­ing sweetly fra­grant, semi-dou­ble pink blooms. Un­for­tu­nately, she suc­cumbs to mildew. This is al­ways worse when plants are wa­ter-stressed and, ap­par­ently, sit­ing this rose against a north­fac­ing wall will help. ‘Madame Plantier’ is rather like a smaller-flow­ered, thorn­less ver­sion of ‘Madame Hardy’. Plants reach 1.2m, flower only once in sum­mer and bear clus­ters of strongly scented, creamy-white flow­ers. The tall shrub or climb­ing English rose ‘The Gen­er­ous Gar­dener’ is on my shop­ping list mainly for the sump­tu­ous, fra­grant, soft pink blooms but its smooth stems are a bonus. Al­ways han­dle roses with care, as even those meant to be thorn­less might have the odd prickle.

Rosa ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’ pro­duces sweetly scented pink blooms

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