Growing Climbing Roses And Rambling Roses

Wherever you decide growing Climbing roses, you will be rewarded with plenty of colorful blossoms.

When planting a Climber or a Rambler, make sure you read my Guide To Growing Roses For Beginners first. These basics guidelines will make sure your roses will be planted in the best possible way.

The distance of the Climbers or Ramblers to its support is next you have to pay attention to. The plant has to be close enough to reach the climbing aid easily. A distance of at least 2 feet from the support should be respected, because close to walls or fences the soil often is poor.

Lean the stems towards the support and tie them in if necessary. The roots of the plant should slope away from the support structure.

Growing Climbing Roses On Garden Structures

Although growing Climbing roses and Ramblers on nearly every structure is possible, it is an advantage to know where your roses feel well and will show off their beauty at their best.


When I think about growing climbing roses, an arch as a classic element in a romantic rose garden is first what comes to my mind. I like the idea of walking through a fabulous arch full of rose blossoms.

When you chose an arch, you need to think about the following:

  • The arch must be robust enough to support the weight of the roses in full bloom
  • The arch should be wide enough for your lawn mower, garden cart or tractor
  •  He should be high enough to allow a passage without getting hurt from thorns

You also have to think about, how the arch will be anchored to the ground.


Similar to arches, pergolas are for roses to grow upwards but then grow over and show their blossoms hanging free above us. Pergolas are used for paths and for shading places.

Climbers and Ramblers grown properly on Pergolas will soon provide a shade that no grass will grow underneath.

Pay attention to the same things I recommended for arches.

Good Roses for Arches and Pergolas

Graham Thomas, Luis Rambler, New Dawn, Paul Jerabek, Super Dorothy, Snow Goose, Golden Showers, Aloha, America, Don Juan, Dublin Bay, New Dawn, Eden


A garden arbor is basically the same as an arch, but with a seat or bench underneath it. A place where you sit and relax, where you can enjoy your garden.

I would recommend avoiding vigorous roses with too many thorns. It is annoying to do a lot of maintenance work when you want to sit down and relax. Consider about planting fragrant roses along with some other flowers with a scent like Jasmine and Lilies.

Good Roses for Arbors

Goldfinch, Veilchenblau, Compassion or some vigorous English roses such as Compassion and Shropshire Lad would be a good choice


When you want to grow roses to cover a wall of a house, garage or other structures, trellises affixed to them will help the Climbers or Ramblers to find their way upwards.

Consider the following:

  • Plants grown to a building will need more water
  • Plant the flowers at least 2 feet away from the structure
  • Choose a variety that will flower in shades
  • Consider the color of the roses

It is the rose that should show off her beauty and not the trellis, so do not choose a brightly colored climbing aid. Think about that a white climber cannot show her beauty against a white wall.

Trellises installed freestanding in the garden will put your roses really on display. The plants will be less prone to diseases than those up against a wall.

Good Roses for Trellises

Aloha, Alchymist, Blaze, Freisinger Morgenröte, New Dawn, Don Juan, Iceberg Climbing, Golden Gate, High Hopes, Paul Jerabek, Red Fountain

Pillars, Obelisks and Tripods

The simplest support for Climbers is a pillar or post. Choose short climbing varieties with upright stems. They work well alongside paths and rising from mixed flowerbeds.

Wind the shoots around an at least 8 feet long post in a spiral fashion and as they grow continue training them while they are flexible. Tie them using flexible ties.

If you train them straight, flowers will only appear at the top, and the bottom will be without blossoms.

Rampant climbers do not fit to that kind of structures because they are too large and are not easy to wind.

Good Roses for Pillars, Posts, Obelisks and Tripods

Don Juan, Golden Showers, Gertrude Jekyll, Chevy Chase, Compassion, Jeanne Lajoie, Altissimo

Growing Roses Through Trees

I like the thought of growing climbing roses through trees. A strong, mature tree can be given a new dimension and a totally new appearance.

Regardless, to do so some things have to be considered:

  • Match the vigor of the rose to the tree
  • Think about the color of the rose against the tree foliage
  • Plant them at least 35-40 inches away from the trunk
  • Lean the stem into the trunk
  • Tie it with a flexible tie

Roses for large trees would be the Bobbie James, Rambling Rector or Louis Rambler. For smaller trees like old apple trees American Pillar, Crimson Shower or Wedding Day would be a good choice.

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