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. A beautiful, repeat flowering old rose that has large, full, quartered flowers of buff apricot that have a delicious old world fragrance. After 150 years it is still a firm favourite. Sometimes known as 'The Old Glory Rose'. 1853.
Colour: Apricot / Cream Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 2.5m
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Climber Modern. This delightful rose certainly does have a golden future. Beautiful, scented, hybrid tea shaped blooms in soft yellow are set against glossy green foliage. This rose shows good disease resistant and is reliable and free flowering. Very pretty. 1999. PVR.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 4m
Climber Floribunda. One of the best white roses - ever! The climbing form of one of the most popular and widely admired roses. Very free-flowering with scented clusters of shapely, double white blooms with just the lightest blush of pink as they mature. Hardy and tolerant - can even cope with some shade. A top 10 rose. 1968.
This rose is AKA Schneewittchen, Fee des Neiges and Korbin in other parts of the world - aren't you glad it's just called Iceberg in NZ? No matter what the name is - this is just a great rose, well worth planting.
Colour: White Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m
A stunning new climber from Warner's in the UK to get your pulse racing. Delicious, double blooms in a deep purple-crimson tone are produced en masse and are complemented nicely by the blue-grey foliage. Nice light scent too. Would look beautiful under-planted with grey tones. Winner Best Climber 2016 PVR.
Colour: Purple / Pink Habit: Climber 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 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. A vigorous rose that dates back to around 1759 and hails from China. The flowers are single, large and white with prominent golden stamens and a nice fragrance. The flowers appear mainly in the spring and are followed by orange fruits. Loves a really warm sheltered spot.
Colour: White Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x spreads
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
Hybrid Tea. A beautiful healthy climbing variety. Vigorous growth with semi double flowers of clear pale pink which have a deeper reverse, very pretty. Darkish foliage , Good fragrance, can reach over 4 metres. Requires a strong support. Good hips produced if not dead headed. Tolerant of some shade. Deciduous
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4.5m x 4.5m