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 dainty climbing rose that has clusters of small, semi-double flowers of white with a hint of palest pink. These open from rosy pink buds. Vigorous grower that looks wonderful on an arch or pergola. 1826, AGM 1993
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.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Climbing Mature Size (HxW): Climbing
Climber. An unusual and very beautiful climbing rose that flowers in spring or early summer only. 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.
Climber. An award winning 'sport' from the much loved climber 'Dublin Bay'. 'Alison' has double, vibrant pink blooms with the added bonus of fragrance. Healthy growth habit with lovely dark green foliage. Repeat flowering and if you like pink worthy of a space in your garden. PVR.
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".
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.
Climber. This well behaved rose looks spectacular in full flower. Beautiful, huge, single flowers in brilliant red highlighted with crimson and golden stamens. Deep green foliage. Repeats well with plenty of flowers. Nice soft fragrance. If you love single flowers then it's a must have. 1967.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Climbing Mature Size (HxW): Climbing
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.
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.
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.