Rambling roses offer so much to the gardener. They are fast growing tough and vigorous. Use to cover fences, pergolas, old sheds and buildings or simply throw up a tree and allow to drip down with falling sprays of beauty. Rambling roses should be left to gain some height and width for the first few years and as they gain maturity the lax and graceful branches will literally be weighed down with blooms in late spring. Rambling roses don';;t often repeat flower but the quantity and length of bloom in spring will more than satisfy even the greediest gardener.
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If you wish to prune or tidy, this is best done after flowering in summer as Ramblers flower on what is called the "old wood" i.e. the previous season';;s growth. Only winter prune if severe treatment is needed, obviously this may compromise the flowering the following spring. No need to worry however as you will find it very hard to kill a modern rambling rose. So go outside and look up to where you would like to see pretty rather than ugly then scroll down and choose a robust rambler which will quickly provide the solution.
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
Rambler. A lovely summer flowering rose with small neat buds that open to semi-double, crinkled blooms in pretty tones of pink and white reminiscent of 'Apple Blossom'. The blooms carry an enticing perfume and are set against fresh green foliage with bronze tones. From the USA 1932.
This rose will tolerate light shade.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Rambling Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.8m
Rambler. A spectacular rose which, in full flush, has large clusters of small, double blooms of rich deep crimson produced in great profusion in early summer. Abundant light green foliage and a dense vigorous habit.
Not named for the Actor as it was born before him in 1939. From the USA.
Colour: Red Habit: Rambling Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x spreads
Climber - Wichuraiana rambler. A well loved and much admired rose with clusters of semi-double, soft pink blooms that are sweetly scented. The complementary foliage shows good disease resistance. Flowers continuously throughout the summer and will tolerate poorer soils and some shade. 1930.
New Dawn was voted the World Federation of Rose Societies favourite rose in 1997 - 67 years after it was first introduced - now that's special. Also has a Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Colour: Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
Rambler. Medium sized fragrant and fully double flowers that open flat. The flowers are coloured a rich salmon with coppery apricot overtones. Nice shiny foliage that also has tones of copper. Repeats on and off throughout the season especially if in a nice sunny spot. 1900.
It is a few years since I had 'Paul Transon' in my garden but it was a rose I always admired and enjoyed growing.
Colour: Pink / Apricot Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
Rambler. Almost thornless, shade tolerant and fragrant, this lovely little rambler was bred in Germany. Though it only flowers in early summer you will be enchanted by the display of loose, semi-double, lavender-purple blooms that are nicely fragrant. A hardy rose that will grow up into trees or cover unsightly walls.1909.
Colour: Purple / Mauve Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4.5m x 3.5m