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. 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
Climber. An unusual and very beautiful climbing rose that flowers in spring and early summer. The double, quartered and fragrant flowers are a rich mixture of yellow and apricot orange. Healthy dark bronze green foliage. Will tolerate some shade and looks lovely scrambling up a tree. 1956.
Colour: Yellow / Apricot Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
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. 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
Climber. An outstanding, fragrant, rambling or climbing rose that will make it's way over anything with its strong vigorous growth. Pale, pretty and pink in colour with masses of petals creating a sumptuous old fashioned effect. Tolerates some shade and shows good disease resistance. 1992.
Colour: Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
Climber - Cluster Flowered. A very popular free flowering rose with large semi-double blooms of warm pink which are offset by showy golden stamens. Nice light fragrance. Robust, tolerant of wet weather and easily grown. A real pleasure to have in the garden. 1967.
Colour: Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 2.5m
Climber. Mr Toogood of Melbourne found the seedling of this simply beautiful rose on his birthday and what a present! Spring flowering with dark, velvet red, double flowers that are very fragrant and excellent for picking. An enduring gift to celebrate a loved ones birthday. 1950.
Colour: Red / Black Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m