Thornless Roses

Hi, I am looking for some advice from anyone who knows roses. I am looking to grow one or two roses up against two normal size fence panels. I really like roses, but have been put off growing them due to them having thorns. I have been told that you can now get thornless, (or very few thorns). I don't need one that grows about 20ft tall, just about 2- 3 metres tall would be ideal. Just want to sit on our patio and enjoy the smell and the flowers next year. Thank you for any suggestions or help you can give me


  • Katiehound
    Katiehound Posts: 7,498
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    I have had one of these for years highly scented:

    Climbing Rose 'Zephirine Drouhin'

    Fabulous old-rose fragrance
    • Also known as The Thornless Rose, Zephrine Drouhin is one of very few almost thornless Climbing roses available.
    • It produces an incredibly powerful, strong fruity rose scent that fills the air!
    • Its lovely cerise-pink blooms are produced in abundance over a long period, repeat flowering all summer, and as an overall display stand out wonderfully against the mid-green foliage.
    • It is easy to grow great for beginners and makes an outstanding hedge.
    • Supplied as a freshly potted, professional quality plant in a 3L pot, growing to a height of 2.5m (8ft) and a width of 2m (6½ft).
    it was bred in 1868 so not exactly a modern invention!
    downside- seem to think it's prone to mildew

    I also have Golden Showers- bought from Woolworths about 20 years ago. Does have thorns, but not many.
    very long lasting if cut for blooms
    Large, semi-double, golden-yellow blooms, paling to light yellow; the petals then dropping quickly and cleanly. Flowers very freely and continuously. Extremely reliable in most climates. Lammerts, 1956.
    Black spot?

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  • Homeboy_1
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    Thanks Katiehound. We like both of them. Looks perfect for what we want. Think we will order both of them when they are back in stock.Thanks again for your help
  • RAS
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    Also try Iceberg, another "unthorny" one much loved by parks. Is surprisingly weather resistant too.
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  • twopenny
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    I love Cornelia
    It's a bit sparse, won't cover a fence, but it is an old musk scented rose with small, highly fragarent flowers. Easy care and flowers all summer.
    Maybe squeeze it in with another.

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  • I have Kew Gardens and really rate it - thornless, covered in beautiful white flowers, and has grown really quickly. I also have Mortimer Sackler, which is a thornless climber. The two flowers I got were beautiful and it is definitely thornless but it’s a bit lacklustre, though it is only in its first year. I’m just comparing it to Kew Gardens which is epic - both planted at the same time. 
  • RAS
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    Following up the comment on Kew `Gardens, try Few or No Thorns - Trevor White Roses for inspiration.
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