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In the right position, plenty of sun and something to climb on, a fence, a building or through an garden obelisk or on a garden arch all roses have their merits, some have larger flowers, some are more prolific and some have great fragrance or perfume. In terms of colour the choice is yours, red, pink, yellow or apricot, all have their merits.
When choosing the colour of a rose, consider where it will be growing, perhaps a dark background requires a lighter flowering rose, if you want it stand out, however a red climbing rose against a dark background can create a sense of romance and mystery.
We list out TOP TEN climbing roses, with notes on growing habits, perfume and colour, in the end the choice is yours.
Hardy climbing roses are some of the best roses for the UK garden. Similar to most others except for growth habit climbing roses are usually repeat bloomers with large flowers. As for colors, red, white, pink, apricot you name it these roses come in all of the best colors.
How much should you pay ? This depends on the actual rose, some are not as cheap as others, so between £8 and £16, sometimes less at the end of the season when they are on sale.
We guide you through some of the growing conditions needed for rose climbers are well as some tips on uses, pruning colours and hardy varieties. Many ordinary garden roses can actually be grown as climbers. We also list our Top 10 or Best climbing roses for the UK including yellow, white and red climbing roses for the UK garden.
Climbing roses differ from what we call rambling roses in a number of ways, climbing roses generally have larger anymore complex flowers, they may also be repeat flowering and are less leggy, more compact growth. In a position with adequate sun (preferably 6+ hours of sun a day).
Different varieties have different habits, some a very vigorous and require lots of space while the climbing roses are more compact.
Like many plants they tend to grow up rather than out, however if you can train your climber along a fence or trellis horizontal rather than vertical you will find that you get many more flowers.
All climbers need some support and roses are not exception, wires can attached to walls or fences, obelisks or arches can be used or roses can be trained to grow up columns or poles.
It is often best to leave your new rose for a year or two before pruning, concentrate on training during this period. Prune back by 1/3 or more after this, removing dead, weak or damaged canes first, and then cutting back short spurs with 2 -3 buds.
Pruning is the key aspect to ensure lots of flowers, prune in autumn, first remove any dead or diseased canes from the base of the plant. Then the laterals are first reduced back to 10cm with weaker or crowded laterals being removed completely.
New canes, growing from the base can then be tied back to a horizontal position, this encourages flowering. Some of the older canes can also be removed if the plant is becoming crowded. Remember to tie canes back to wires or supports rather than 'weave' them through, this makes them much easier to prune and prevents them from exerting pressure of trellises and breaking them apart.
Finally water well and then give your climbing rose a good feed of rose fertiliser, mulch to help provide a cool root run and retain moisture, your climbing roses will love the care.
Usually vigorous and hardy 'sports' of bush roses, Climbing Roses are a great feature in any garden. Roses such as the David Austin 'Constance Spry' can be grown in a range of situations and planting and growing positions do vary including:
|TOP TEN CLIMBING ROSES|
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A Meilland Rose. This is a repeat bloomer, clear yellow flowers, dark green foliage. The substantial flowers seem to last well, its one of our favourite yellow climbing roses.
Claire Austin Climber
Papa Meilland (climbing)
Dublin Bay (climbing)