A Climbing Rose is really just a shrub rose that decided to get upwardly mobile - and aren';t we glad they did. Many of today's favourite roses, both Floribunda and Hybrid Tea have a climbing version. Even if you don't have a large garden but still have a desire to grow roses then think about decorating a wall, fence or trellis with a climbing rose. Climbing roses add a whole new heady dimension to the garden and allow us to enjoy our favourite blooms at nose or eye level.
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Climbing roses differ from Rambling roses in that they have more upright, thicker and stiffer stems or canes, with larger flowers which are produced throughout the season. Climbing roses are usually pruned in winter or early spring, along with shrub roses, whereas a "Rambler" is usually pruned immediately after flowering in summer.
It is important to establish a good framework for your Climbing rose in the first 2-3 years of growth. During this period you will have to do very little pruning except for any wayward shoots that apear outside your desired framework. Secure and train the upward canes in a fan shaped horizontal pattern. Lateral or side shoots will apear from these main canes and this is where your flowers will come from. These can be pruned back to about 1/3 of their growth in winter once your rose is established.
So step outside and look around. Is there a bare wall or a naked fence that would look so much better being dressed by a beautiful rose? Is there an area where a rose covered trellis would add some needed structure with a definite wow factor? With Climbing Roses no need to stay at ground level - rise above and let your imagination soar!
Climber - Noisette. An almost thornless rose with clusters of pure white blooms that decorate the ends of flexible branches. The flowers appear in summer and are lightly scented. The foliage is generally healthy. The perfect rose to climb through a tree. From France, dating back to 1828.
Colour: White Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 3m
Rambler. This popular, spring flowering rambler has beautiful, fragrant, slightly scrolled, lemon buds that open to a double cream delight. Glossy foliage produced on long pliable stems. Nice sweet fragrance. Tolerant of some shade and is relatively disease free. One of the best ramblers available. 1900.
Though Alberic Barbier puts on its main display in spring and it is truly beautiful in full flower there will be sparodic flowering through to autumn.
Colour: Cream / Yellow Habit: Rambling Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4.5m x 3m
Rambler. Albertine is a well loved rose and I am certainly a dedicated fan. Always admired as in full bloom it is quite a breath taking sight. Very fragrant, double, loose, salmon pink flowers produced en masse in the spring. Vigorous growth. Just a few flowers in autumn. Award winner. 1921.
Albertine is best suited to a wall or a fence and as it flowers mostly on older wood it is best to only prune sparingly. Though this rose mainly flowers in the spring there are so many flowers and for quite a long period it is well worth growing.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4.5m x 3m
This rose has a sweet fragrance and clusters of large classically shaped pink flowers on a compact climber. Suited for smaller spaces. Strong upright bushy growth. Nice to give to that someone special.
2017 Winner Pacific Rose Bowl Festival Best Climber. This rose received excellent reviews from The New Zealand Rose Society in 2010 with comments such as "picks well", "great form" and "masses of blooms".
Colour: Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m
Climber Modern. Gorgeous relation of 'Compassion'. Large round buds open to big, multi-petalled blooms of rose pink with a slightly deeper pink on the reverse. Lovely pronounced fragrance reminiscent of apple blossom. The foliage is a lush and dark green with bronze tones. Repeat flowering. 1949.
Slow growing climber.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.8m
Climber. Add a touch of gold to the garden with this lovely climbing rose. The beautiful apricot buds open to large, fragrant, well formed blooms of deep golden yellow. Use to decorate a wall or fence, a vigorous grower but well behaved all the same. Lovely for picking. 1982.
Colour: Yellow / Gold Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 2.5m
Climber. The flowers of this rose are most unusual and a little hard to describe. Double greyish white blooms tinged with slate lilac and buff with a soft fragrance. Certainly a very pretty and romantic effect when in full bloom. Quite vigorous in habit and combines well with soft pinks. 1955.
Colour: Grey / Mauve Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.8m