I keep stumbling across a certain picture of roses leaning over a picket fence. I wouldn't mind trying to do something along the lines of this, but am struggling to determine which type of rose to use. Everything I've read says to go with a climber, but for some reason, the image I borrowed for this purpose doesn't look much like a climbing rose to me. Can anyone help with type? I don't necessarily need the specific variety of rose, just the category of climber or hybrid or old fashion, etc...? Help!
That could be a climber, but it looks more like several shrub type roses planted as a hedge.
I would not use a climbing rose to create the effect in that picture.
I also do not think it is the lowest, spreading types like a carpet rose.
Start looking among the bush roses.
Look for smaller shrubs with plenty of flowers. Floribunda type, for example.
There is a 'Pink Iceburg' that is worth looking into. There are a LOT more. Pick your color!
There are many other rose types that grow in a fairly upright to somewhat spreading bush shape, and almost any that grow in this pattern could give you that look.
How much room do you have on the side of the fence where you want to plant the roses? What else is there?
For example, if the space is narrow and it is next to an often used walkway you will want a narrow, more upright plant so it won't snag people walking past.
If it is a wider area and you might add some low flowers in front of the roses, then a larger or more spreading type would be possible.
Definitely does not look like a climber. As for the particular variety, I don't know, but if anyone does, I'd love to hear. I think that's a really lovely flower color and form.
Bonica Rose looks similar to the pic you have used here -
Cornelia is a lovely pink shrub rose http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/361423/
Graham Thomas yellow shrub rose http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/369465/
Shrub roses are generally easy to grow - good luck
If you look to the other plants in your photo for scale, the fence does not appear to be that tall - perhaps 3.5-4 ft. at the posts. I would also think that a shrub rose would be your best bet - in your climate I'm guessing that the shorter David Austin roses would work well. I have a number of them myself, but I am in a much warmer climate where a rose listed as 3-4 feet in the Austin catalog will easily reach 6-8 feet. Where you are, I would think that you could go by the heights listed in the Austin catalog or website - Olivia Rose Austin is a beautiful clear, pale to mid-pink, or Mary Rose is a deeper, clear pink Austin Rose. As you are in VA, you have an excellent, fairly local source for Austin roses: Cattail Gardens Nursery. I have ordered a couple of Austins from them and have been very impressed!