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Peggy13-Oct-02 03:58 PM EST 5a   
Ed13-Oct-02 09:54 PM EST 5a   
Peggy14-Oct-02 03:08 PM EST 5a   

Subject: Roses for hedges
From: Peggy
Zone: 5a
Date: 13-Oct-02 03:58 PM EST

I would like to use roses as a privacy hedge at the back of my yard. I am considering either William Baffin, John Davis or Martin Frobisher. Which would be the best as far as height and density? I love the sound of John Davis with its pink flowers all season long, but am worried it would be too "floppy". Any thoughts? Also, how far apart should they be planted?

Subject: RE: Roses for hedges
From: Ed
Zone: 5a
Date: 13-Oct-02 09:54 PM EST

I would consider any of the varieties mentioned, suitable for your purpose. However, as degrees of floppiness and privady are matters of personal taste, some experimentation on your part seems in order. Some floppiness, a plus for privacy could be minus for neatness. More plants would provide more privacy; how much is wanted ? Minimal support could reduce floppiness and enhance neatness at the cost of privacy. You be the judge!

Subject: RE: Roses for hedges
From: Peggy
Zone: 5a
Date: 14-Oct-02 03:08 PM EST

Thank you Ed for your thoughts. Personally, the privacy and the flowers are more important to me than the tidiness. I was also considering Blanc Double de Coubert... maybe I will use both it and John Davis... sigh... too many choices.. well I have lots of time to decide before spring planting!

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