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Rose for winter shade

Posted by adamharbeck WA Aust (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 18, 14 at 3:00

I have a spot out the back at the front of the rose bed next to radio times where I am considering a new rose bush.
The site is on the southern side of the house and receives a lot of shade from the back of the house during winter but full sun for most of the day during spring, summer and autumn. Will this matter? The Radio Times is on Eastern side and recieves a lot of sun even now while this western part gets more shade.
I am wanting a compact rose which will grow relatively upright and not sprawl out too much.
I had thought perhaps Catherine Mermet or Sharifa Asma.
Will a lack of winter sun be an issue for these ladies?

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RE: Rose for winter shade

  • Posted by luxrosa s,f, bay area, calif (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 18, 14 at 20:40

If you have enough winter chill a modern rose such as 'Sharifa Asma', to become dormant and drop their leaves, thus preventing photosynthesis, I would think that the winter shade shouldn't matter.
Because 'Catherine Mermet' is an Old Garden Tea and can continue to make new growth during the winter, I'd think that the rate of growth during winter would merely become suspended or slowed down depending on how deep the shade is, to make sure I'd ask a local person who has experience growing Tea roses in your area whether the winter shade will make a difference to its' well being.

Best wishes for beautiful roses,

RE: Rose for winter shade

Thanks Lux,

That's a good point. Roses here rarely go dormant (Radio Times is still in full leaf at the end of winter).
I think i'll try something regardless, i have been impressed with peoples reports on young lucidius.

Thanks again.

RE: Rose for winter shade

Mutabilis is not a rose that would work in your situation, but as an example mine has maybe two to three hours of sun in the winter (which is usually the rainy season so days are not always sunny) and then more sun in the summer and it doesn't seem the least bit fazed by that regimen. Of course my climate is hot and dry in the summer so most roses appreciate shade here, especially in the afternoon.


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