Climbing Roses - Ten of the Best.
Climbing Roses are generally mutations or sports of normal
bush roses (Hybrid Tea and Floribunda Types) though are sometimes specifically
Climbing roses are better for growing against a wall than
Ramblers. They are less likely to suffer from mildew because of the poor air
circulation. Climbers can also be grown against a fence or through a trellis.
If grown against a wall, then train along galvanised fence
wire strung between vine eye nail driven into the wall. The aim will be to get
as many horizontal rose shoots as possible.
Climbers are often allowed to grow vertically - as is their
normal habit. However, if grown in this way, then there are
fewer shoots, resulting in fewer flowers.
It is far better to train the main stems
of the climber in a horizontal manner along a fence or trellis. This will
then result in many more shoots - growing horizontally - with resulting
larger numbers of blooms.
Climbing Roses that are
from Hybrid Tea or Floribunda parentage, rarely have the profuse flowering
of their bush counterparts.
Roses differ from Ramblers in a few respects.
A climbing rose will have five leaflets that make up the leaf, whereas a
rambler normally has seven leaflets per leaf. Together with this,
Climbing Roses generally have stems that are more rigid than rambling
Climbing Roses are split into two basic groups,
being 'once flowering' and 'repeat flowering'.
The Hybrid Tea types have larger typical classical rose type
flowers, whilst the Floribundas have clusters of smaller flowers. Both type of
Climbers have their merits. In many instances, the blooms of the HT types are
much larger than their 'bush' counterparts. However, there is not often the
repeat flowering characteristics of the parents in either of the Climbing forms.
Climbing Roses should
not be pruned in the first two or three years, but instead trained to
form horizontal laterals where this is possible - for the reasons outlined
Thereafter, with the 'once a year' flowering
types, prune back right after flowering, for they normally flower on growths
that were made the previous year. If you prune this type in the winter, you
will probably be cutting off the next year's flowering growths!
The Perpetual flowering types can be pruned - if
necessary - in the winter months. However, this type will flower for
many years from laterals from the same mature canes. each winter, cut
back the laterals to within 2 or three buds of the horizontal cane
structure. If the flowering becomes weak, then winter pruning a few of
the weaker canes out will allow for more vigorous growth.
Every rose grower or rose fanatic will have their own
favourites. For our best ten climbing roses, we list mainly older varieties that
have stood the test of time.
Allgold - ; Florib; Golden Yellow; Scented
Altissimo - Cluster; Red - long flowering; Scented
Bantry Bay - Cluster; Pink semi-double.; Scented
Casino - Hybrid Tea; Yellow; Scented
Danse de Feu - Perpetual Fl.; Scarlet; Slight Scent
Ena Harkness * - Hybrid Tea; Deep Red; Deep Scent
Golden Showers - Perpetual Fl.; Deep golden yellow; Slight Scent
Handel - Florib.; Cream with carmine edges; Scented
Iceberg - Florib.; White; Slight Scent
New Dawn - Perpetual Fl.; Pink; Scented
Paul's Scarlet - Florib.; Scarlet; Scented
School Girl - Hybrid Tea; Carmine and Silver; Deep Scent
* Climbing Rose Ena Harkness. The shrub version of this
would not get a mention because of its drooping blooms habit. As a climber,
this is an attractive feature.
How to Plant a Climbing
By David Hughes -