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Can Colette be grown as a shrub, instead of a climber?

Posted by mzstitch 7b (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 12, 14 at 19:55

I'm loving the rose Colette, but I'd prefer to plant it as a shrub instead of as a climber. Is this possible? It will be against a horse fence that does have a wire mesh, but I prefer not to have it climb up the fence, but instead just hang out as a shrub.
Also if anyone has one that they have pictures of the plant I would appreciate seeing it!


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RE: Can Colette be grown as a shrub, instead of a climber?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 12, 14 at 20:59

It's not very tall, even here in zone 9b. It would probably be a very floppy shrub without support. Mine does kind of arch out from the wall I have it on. (I have the yellow sport of it, but the growth habit is the same). It's the one in the middle:

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RE: Can Colette be grown as a shrub, instead of a climber?

I hesitated to comment on this because my Colette is so young, but I, too, think it would be too floppy as a bush. Mine has very flexible, easily manipulated canes which really want to climb up an arbor or other support. Diane


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RE: Can Colette be grown as a shrub, instead of a climber?

Thank you both for your response. I'm in love with it so I guess I'll just let it be a climber. The yellow sport of it is quite pretty too!


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RE: Can Colette be grown as a shrub, instead of a climber?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 13, 14 at 23:57

If you use a short-ish wide-ish tuteur type of structure, I think you could get a nice shrub effect with it.


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RE: Can Colette be grown as a shrub, instead of a climber?

I agree that if you wound it around and around something, it would be shorter and you would get plenty of flowers that way. The Nixon Library in Yorba Linda has two Madame Alfred C's clipped down and the branches just wind around down low so why don't you try it? Just remove the support later when the rose is older with woody canes.


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RE: Can Colette be grown as a shrub, instead of a climber?

Thanks for your imput. It's so beautiful I tried to order it anyway, but sadly Roses Unlimited is all out, and thats where I prefer to order my roses since I live here in S.C. Trying to order a Sonia Rykiel instead as I'm looking for a nice pink addittion to my garden.


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RE: Can Colette be grown as a shrub, instead of a climber?

mzstitch,
I have 'Colette' buried in a 5 gal. container (gophers) about 5 yrs. and I assume the roots have grown thru the drinage holes. With minimal pruning she's stayed about 4 1/2 ft. And here everything outgrows listed heights.

She's not a dense bush, rather twiggy & open. I have a salvia that intermingles plus annuals/perrenials around her. Sometimes she's pink. Mostly apricot pink. More of a charming rose rather than a beauty.
Irisgal


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