Climbing Banksia Roses

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Climbing Banksia Roses

Postby beginnergardener » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:59 pm

I got some climbing Banksia roses (white and yellow). I planted them on the side of a shed to grow over and hopefully cover most of the shed.

I was wondering how self supporting are they. I want to have a thick covering on the shed roof and sides, would this be fine for the shed roof or would a rose with thicker stalks be better as slightly more self supporting as to not put too much weight on the roof etc.

Also would they climb the shed walls alright without a trellis?

I only just planted them so I can easily move them.

What do you all think?
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Re: Climbing Banksia Roses

Postby Pam » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:04 am

Sam has some planted in just that situation, and I don't think they have any support at all.
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Re: Climbing Banksia Roses

Postby Sam » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:25 am

We did have a light trellis on our shed, which we initially threaded the roses through - but they climbed very happily on their own.

You'll need to 'encourage' them over the roof, though - ours decided to grow the other way, kind of falling away from the shed once their reached the height of it.

From memory, the roses don't flower well when vertical - they seem to like being horizontal to flower better.

Good luck - ours were very lush and covered beautifully.
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Re: Climbing Banksia Roses

Postby beginnergardener » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:15 am

Ok it sounds like they are well suited to that situation that's good.

I want to make the shed look a lot nicer by covering it as much as possible and also to shade the tin from the hot summer sun, and the rose should provide some insulation in winter too.

Does the Banksia rose form thicker trunks and branches like some standard roses that also climb do?
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Re: Climbing Banksia Roses

Postby Sam » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:19 am

Oh, yes. We can't believe how this the bases became. I'll try and get a photo for you.
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Re: Climbing Banksia Roses

Postby beginnergardener » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:42 am

Thanks, do you also know of a good similar evergreen climbing rose with white or yellow flowers and with thorns?
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Re: Climbing Banksia Roses

Postby greg.l » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:19 pm

The trunks on Banksia roses get quite decorative, with peeling orange bark. The will be self supporting to a certain extent but can grow very large.
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Re: Climbing Banksia Roses

Postby beginnergardener » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:24 pm

Ok thanks, that's what I wanted to know.

I will use the Banksia rose as the main climber rose in most areas, except where I want thorns to deter intruders, I'm learning about suitable roses for those areas in my other threads.
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