A Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Roses

Choosing the Right Location

Climbing roses can be grown up houses, over fences, arches and pergolas, even through trees! When considering a climbing rose, ensure the location receives at least 4 – 6 hours sunlight a day and has a good quality, moisture retentive soil

Ensure that you allows enough space for the rose to establish itself amongst other plants and make sure you allow access room for routine maintenance. These roses are often vigorous and may well grow more quickly and spread further than you were expecting.


Rambling Roses

Ramblers are best suited to large and informal gardens. They are the only type recommended for climbing up trees. They are characterised by vigorous scrambling growth up to 25ft. Some can grow even bigger! They will need keeping in check.

Most only flower once on the previous year’s growth (remember this when pruning) and often the flowers are small and produced in sprays.

Soft prune to shape after flowering. Rejuvenate through hard pruning, only in years when necessary, in late winter.

Alberic Barbier, shown above, is shade tolerant and repeat flowering with a strong apple scent.

Climbing Roses

The most versatile type, suitable for climbing fences, walls, arches, pergolas etc. They are characterised by upright growth up to 15ft on stiff stems which need support.

Climbers are usually repeat flowering. They have larger flowers than the rambling type, and these can be produced singly or in sprays.

Soft prune in autumn and tie in. Hard prune in late winter after frosts have passed.

Best suited to an average sized garden.

Dublin Bay, shown above, is a classic red climbing rose.

Patio Climbing Roses

These are perfect for smaller gardens and outdoor spaces.  These are the only type of climbing rose we recommended for pots. They are characterised by upright growth up to 8ft, which will need to supported.

Flowers are smaller and are produced singly or in sprays. They are usually repeat flowering and can be grown where climbing roses above grow.

Soft prune in autumn and tie in. Hard prune in late winter after frosts have passed.

Purple Skyliner, shown above is shade tolerant and a rare colour for a patio climber with the bonus of a heady scent.

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