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. A NZ Bred rose with copper buds that open to semi-double blooms in a unique shade of velvety terracotta. These are offset beautifully by the dark glossy foliage. Shows good disease resistance and is easy to train on walls or fences because of the slightly lax habit. Award Winner. Bred in NZ by Rob Somerfield. PVR. 2004.
An unusual shade but one that combines well with blues, maroons and greys. Lovely against brick or stucco. I love it!
Colour: Orange / Red Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m
Climber. An excellent climber with large, lightly scented, double flowers of soft golden yellow set against healthy, glossy, foliage. Top performing yellow climbers are few and far between, and this is one of the best. PVR. 2002.
Those that took part in the NZ Rose Review 2010 rate this climber highly. It performed well in BOP, Waikato and Canterbury.
Colour: Yellow / Gold Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Climber Bourbon. A lovely and long flowering rose with a generous amount of blooms and few thorns. The flowers are fragrant, semi-double, pink and quite charming. Being almost thorn-less it is perfect for a prominent position. Will tolerate some shade. 1919.
Colour: Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.8m
Climber Hybrid Tea. A beautiful rose with blended soft apricot-orange, hybrid tea shaped blooms that have a warm yellow reverse. Nice fragrance and foliage. A great rose to use as an upward pillar. PVR 1990.
Colour: Orange / Yellow Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m
Climber - Tea. Consistently popular around the world since its introduction in 1910. The deep apricot buds open to large, loosely filled double blooms with a heady fragrance of fruit and tea. Attractive bronze red foliage and relatively few thorns. Repeat flowers for months - the Lady is indeed a lovely rose. 1917.
This rose is also available in bush form and has been equally popular since its introduction in 1910.
Colour: Yellow / Yellow Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
Climber - Noisette. Large, white, double, flat and quartered blooms appear en masse on almost thorn-less stems. A very fragrant rose that has become one of the rose world's favourite white climbers. A vigorous grower that repeats well from spring to summer. Just lovely. 1830.
Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4.5m x 2.5m
Climber - Tea. A vigorous climbing sport from the bush rose of the same name. Give this rose lots of space to reach the giddy heights of delight it is capable of. Glossy foliage and double, richly fragrant, rosy pink flowers produced continuously throughout the rose season. 1932.
Colour: Pink / Apricot Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4.5m x 2.5m
The name ‘Maigold’ is the German for “Gold of May”. Orangey buds blossom into large, single semi-double flowers. Abundant leathery foliage dark to light green in colour. Stems are covered with long, fine thorns. A rustic rosebush full of vitality, it contracts almost no diseases and is also highly resistant to the cold. 1953
Colour: Yellow / Gold Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m
Climber. From the Courtyard Collection bred by Poulsen. Mamma Mia abounds in gorgeous pale pink, fully double flowers with a light tea rose fragrance. Glossy dark green foliage. Good repeat flowering. Bred in 2009 and introduced into the courtyard collection 2010. Deciduous
Colour: Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Climber - Hybrid Tea. Peter Beales describes this as an "outstandingly beautiful climber." I completely agree. If you like single roses you will love Meg's large, scented blooms of buff yellow flushed with apricot and peach. Prominent russet-red stamens complete the picture. Glossy green healthy foliage. 1954.
Colour: Apricot / Cream Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.2m