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. An award winning rose with luminous orange blooms that are lightly scented. Good disease resistant foliage. Can be used as a tall shrub rose or small climber. A vibrant and showy rose. 2010. PVR.
Pacific Rose Bowl awarded Best Climbing Rose 2011.
Colour: Orange Habit: Climber Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m
Climber Hybrid Tea. A very fragrant and beautiful rose which has slim buds that open to reveal loosely formed golden yellow flowers blushed with soft orange and pink. Repeats well and is one of the great American Roses, still a favourite today though bred in 1950. Multi Award winner.
Sutter's Gold was named after Sutter's Creek where gold was first discovered in California sparking the great gold rush.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m
Climber Hybrid Tea. An exceptionally lovely climber with large, full, beautifully formed blooms opening from shapely buds. The flowers are white blushed softly with pink and have a subtle fragrance. Nice deep green foliage and a tidy upright habit. Repeats well. 1968.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m
Climber. Fragrant, small single flowers of white with yellow stamens. Heaps of flowers on a healthy spreading plant. Can be grown a climber up to 2m. Was the big winner at the Biltmore International Rose Trials in 2013 winning 5 awards, jury favourite, best climber, best growth habit, most disease resistant rose, most outstanding rose.
Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Sprawling Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 200cm
Climber. Large, well formed, peach blooms on nice long stems, great for cutting and enjoying indoors or out and it's gorgeous tropical fragrance is the proverbial flag on top of the cocktail. Nice compact habit for a climber making it great for smaller spaces. Foliage is dark, glossy and with overall good health tolerances. Deciduous
Colour: Orange / Pink Habit: Compact climber Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 4m
Climber Modern. A showy, healthy rose with large semi-double flowers of glowing pink. The flowers are continuous through-out the season and have a nice light fragrance. Tolerant of some shade. Named after the Rosarium Uetersen garden in Germany. PVR. 1977.
Colour: Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m
Climber. This oh so pretty rose has gorgeous, double, softest pink, fragrant blooms. The healthy foliage complements the blooms which repeat well throughout the season. Lovely back ground rose for pretty floral borders. Strong vigorous habit.
Colour: Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m
Climber. The first time I saw this most beautiful rose in full flower I instantly wanted to get married! Large clusters of fragrant, white, single flowers with prominent golden stamens smother the foliage in early summer. Gorgeous. Glossy bright green foliage and good disease resistance. Vigorous and fast growing. 1950.
Colour: White Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 9m x 4.5m
Climber Modern. The colour of this rose is magnificent - rich tones of apricot-orange with yellow showing through on the reverse. Large, slightly informal blooms are borne in generous sprays. Delicious fragrance and dark glossy foliage that shows good disease resistance. Multi Award Winner. 1969.
Colour: Orange / Apricot Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 3m