As different as romantic flower dreams may look, climbing roses always will play an important role in it.
No other types of roses have the ability to transform structural elements such as gazebos, walls or arbors into a flourishing part of the garden.
I love climbers, but there is a small downside: You have to invest work, time and patience to get the most wanted result; a sea of blossoms.
Before you choose your climber, please make sure they will fit to the space and structure you offer to them.
Some climbers will have a maximum growing height of 6 feet but others will reach a height of 30 feet. That’s why you have to make sure the structure can support your chosen rose.
First of all, climbers define themselves because they climb. Several types of roses can put out long canes to be considered climbing but sometimes it is not easy to pick the accurate climber for your climate zone.
When I start with a new plant, I will ask myself whether the plants are:
Based on these questions, we inevitably have to deal with the two most frequent used types of climbers:
Ramblers and Climbers.
Most of these varieties are once-blooming, have flexible, long canes and are particularly suitable for greening of mature trees and shrubs. They can entwine up to 30 feet without extra climbing help. Ramblers may be best left to themselves and do not need much pruning.
Unlike the Ramblers most Climbers are repeat-flowering and it is necessary to train the climbers as they grow, because they cannot climb vertical on their own. Especially in the early days, they need a bit help.
They will not grow as high as their rambling relatives, but some types easily grow up to 10 feet and higher. Climbers grow upright and have thicker and stiffer shoots.
Because of the long flowering period and their habit Climbers are the better choice for smaller gardens.
The once-flowering types of climbers will grow up to 15 feet and higher because they can concentrate their energy to growing.
Compared to their size, these roses don't need that much ground-space. What you should consider:
A climbing rose should always be adjusted to their climbing aid. A Rambler on a 7 feet obelisk will not fit in the long run.
A climber like the “Compassion” will do a better job. High growing types are great for walls arbors and pergolas. Ramblers look gorgeous with natural climbing aids, as in small fruit-trees.
Matching your climbers to the proper support will enable them
to show their best display