I would like to add a couple of roses to my north-facing, fairly shady garden. Soil is heavy clay, though it's had lots of compost added now and is improving.
I'm after a climber I think, and maybe a bush rose too. I've been toying with the idea of Mme Alfred Carriere, but I would ideally like something a bit pinker and more scented (I seem to have come over all girly, don't I?).
I've had a browse through varieties to get a sense of what's out there, but I was wondering if anyone has any personal favourites that they would recommend?
Gloire de Dijon. Not girly pink, more buff gold. Doesn't clash with red brick. Lovely old-fashioned full flowers. For pink I would go for Kathleen Harrop, a much lovelier pale sport of the rather harsh pink Zephirine Drouhin. Lovely scent and thornless too.