I'm looking for a nice red rose with good repeat bloom that would be suitable to run along a section of white picket fence. Nothing too vigorous or large as the area is only about 8" wide. Fragrance would be nice but not a necessity. I had considered Dublin Bay but already have one in another spot. Soil is sandy, summers are hot and humid, and I prefer not to spray. Thanks for any suggestions.
Tess of the D'ubervilles would be a fine choice. Not too rampant, no disease, and it grows 6-8 feet. The flowers do not fade. Japanese beetles are not interested. Cutter bees will take a few nibbles, but if you are like me you'll find it charming. The second picture shows you its size during one of the few periods when it is not in bloom. The third picture is THREE days later.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. A great rose. I moved, and I'm buying it again.
Tess is a beauty! It seems to have all the attributes I'm looking for. I will need to find a plant grown on its own roots or on Fortuniana as roses on Dr. Huey rootstock don't like our sandy soil. Thanks DonnaMack!
That's a great recommendation Terri is making. Mine is not own root. I bought it years ago from David Austin via White Flower Farm, and I'm sure it's grafted (but great). Given a choice today, I would either get it from Pickering ($15 but you have to buy three roses, however the shipping for 3-4 roses is $18.00) or I would buy it from Chamblees. I got a smashing one gallon Glamis Castle from them earlier this year that is absolutely rocking out. With the shipping it was $30 but if you only want one rose, especially considering it is own root, it is definitely worth it, and I think that Terri's recommendation would be the way to go.
I had never ordered from Chamblees before Terri recommended it, and I am very happy that I did. And you are in her zone!
Thanks Terri and Donna. I have ordered from Chamblees before and have been very pleased. Two more of my favorite sellers, Roses Unlimited and Angel Gardens, also have Tess. Like Pickering, RU would require a minimum order of three plants (gives me an excuse to buy more roses). Some complain about their shipping charges but shipping from Chamblees is a bit higher for me. Do you think planting now would be okay or should I wait until maybe September to order once the weather cools a bit?
I am not in your zone, but I wouldn't order now because shipping might be a problem in the heat. And you would have to monitor them closely. I would wait until September. I hear wonderful things about Roses Unlimited and Pickering from Peter Schneider, the author of Right Rose, Right Place (I just attended a talk he gave).
There are several terrific companies but if you can order 3, Pickering might be your best bet. They send big bareroots (I receive them in April and they bloom in June) and shipping for as many as four is $18. Whereas Chamblees will charge you $18 to ship one gallon, which is much smaller than Pickerings bareroots, or at least that was the case a couple of months ago (a wonderful rose Pickering didn't have) which I put into a pot.. I ordered from both this year. And I order from Pickering whenever I can order at least three. They will reopen for orders in September, which is when I'm going to get mine.
Aren't we lucky that there are so many great choices?