In my rose garden, I have a fairly new New Dawn rose that I hope to train up and over my arbor.
I am already smitten with her. I am not looking forward to pruning her thorny canes, but I am very much looking forward to her covering my arbor with her beautiful blooms.
New Dawn is a vigorous rose, and I hope she helps hold up the arbor, instead of pulling it down! She will grow to 10 ft wide, and 20 ft tall - at least. I have swooned over photos of roses showing her arching canes loaded with pale pink blooms covering arbors, growing up trees, and covering sheds. When I saw her from across a room (well, across the nursery), I feel in love at first sight.
I can already imagine her climbing up and over my own arbor, blooming abundantly, and filling the air with her delicate scent. I can't wait for the day that I wake up to a New Dawn that resembles the one in my dreams.
New Dawn is disease resistant, fragrant, and is designated as an Earth-Kind rose. She will grow in zones 5 (possibly 4) through 9. She has the honor of being the very first rose to be patented (the patent has since expired).
New Dawn is the look-alike sport of Dr. Van Fleet. Dr. Van Fleet only blooms once, while New Dawn is a repeat bloomer. If you have a New Dawn that doesn't repeat, you may have Dr. Van Fleet instead, or you may be pruning her too hard, as she blooms on old wood.
As for the vicious thorns - I heard a great tip the other day. If you have a few rose canes that are constantly scratching you, cut the thorns off of the cane. It should be worth the effort, since thorns don't grow back!