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Climbing Roses

Updated on December 11, 2016

Climbing Roses Add Beauty, Height and Interest To Your Garden

Climbing Roses come in a variety of colors and sizes. These beauties add visual interest and dimension to your garden. Their long canes can be easily trained to climb up trellises, fences, pillars, and gazebos. Most climbers are mutations or variations of bush-type rose varieties. They develop either large, single flowers or clustered blooms on a stem.

Climbers may bloom once a season or continually, depending on the variety. Climbing roses can be trained to bloom more heavily by leading their canes in a horizontal direction. Loose anchoring to a support will encourage the young plants to climb. Full sun exposure will yield the most blooms. Add a graceful rose climber to your garden today!

(The very prolific and hardy 'William Baffin' climbing rose is pictured at left)

William Baffin Climbing Rose

This is one of my all-time favorite climbers!

William Baffin is one of the hardiest climbing roses you will find. It bears semi-double, deep pink flowers in abundance in late June, with recurrent blooming well into fall.

This handsome climber is also exceptionally vigorous and disease resistant, the only recurrent climber available to gardeners in Zones 3 and 4.

I've grown this climbing rose for over 15 years now in zone 5 and it looks better each year.

(Pictured above and in a close up shot to the right)

Planting A Climbing Rose

Give Your Climber A Good Start By Following These Tips

The placement of your trellis or other support should guarantee enough room for air circulation and maintenance of the rose bush. Therefore, place it a few feet away from any permanent barriers. It's also a good idea to place the trellis in a sheltered spot away from the wind. (The handsome 'Don Juan' climbing rose is pictured at right)

When planting the rose bush, dig a hole that is twice the width of the spread of its roots. The hole should be about two feet deep. The center of the hole should be centered approximately 18 to 30 inches away from the supporting trellis or fence to allow for growth.

Be sure to drape the roots and carefully cover them with loose soil. The graft union, or part of the rose bush where the top of the bush, the flowering canes, joins the bottom of the bush, the roots, should be planted slightly above the soil level in warmer climate regions. For colder climate areas, the graft union should be placed 2 to 6 inches below the soil line.

Next, deeply water the rose bush. It is best to cover the immediate area surrounding the bush with compost and a rose fertilizer. Water the rose bush a second time. Top off with a layer of mulch, taking care not to smother the trunk of the bush.

Now, tie the structural canes to the support structure. Use plant ties that are flexible or stretchy in material. Attempt to tie the canes on in a horizontal manner if possible. Leave some space in between canes, attempting to balance them evenly on your support structure. Any broken branches should be carefully removed with the pruning sheers.

For the first few years of growth, gardeners can allow the rose bush to grow freely. Take care to remove dead growth and deadhead the spent flowers. Also, any broken branches should be carefully removed as well. Keep the area around your climbing rose clean and free of fallen leaves or fallen petals. This practice helps to prevent rose diseases. Once your plant has been established for several years, prune overcrowded canes to the base of the plant as well. Also, as new structural canes grow, tie them onto the trellis firmly.

Golden Showers Climbing Rose

This Yellow Beauty Will Add Color & Joy To Your Garden

Golden Showers is a bright, sunshine yellow climbing rose. The flowers soften to a pale, whitish yellow as they age.This multiple award winner is prized for it's sun-kissed yellow hue and honey-like fragrance. This climber remains in bloom from spring through first frost. The flowers are semi-double and can grow to as large as 5 inches in diameter!

Train this beautiful rose to climb walls, arbors... any structure you'd like to have covered in ruffled yellow blossoms. It pairs nicely with a purple clematis - they look stunning together and the colors complement. It's adaptable to various types of climate and growing conditions.


Train Your Climbing Rose Up An Interesting Arbor or Trellis

Create A Garden Focal Point

For an extensive selection of arbors and trellises made from wood, vinyl and metal - visit our source below. I purchased several trellises from them and they are very well made, sturdy and attractive.

"Earth laughs in flowers."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Polka Climbing Rose

The First Climber I Planted - A Peach of a Rose!

Polka is a pretty apricot - peachy pink colored climbing rose with a mild to strong, old rose fragrance. I love the double old-fashioned bloom form! This is one tough climber that's good for beginners. It blooms in flushes throughout the season.

Polka is very disease resistant and has vigorous canes that are easy to train. This climbing rose can get up to 10 - 12 feet in height.

This rose combines all the desired traits of a modern climbing rose: disease resistance, steady repeat blooms, classic good looks, and intense fragrance. Try Polka in your garden and you won't be disappointed!

Training Climbing Roses On A Trellis - Watch This "How To" Video For Great Tips

Rosa Blaze - Classic Red Climbing Rose

This Climbing Rose Has Been a Best Seller Since the 1930s!

Blaze is a classic red climbing rose. One of our family favorites - our first house had a Blaze climber growing up the side of the garage. After some much needed t.l.c. (needed old canes cut back and more support as it was partially on the ground) it was one beautiful and dependable rose. Looks great on a trellis, wall or white picket fence. Blooms on both old and new canes.

This handsome climbing rose has double red flowers held in large clusters. Blaze is everblooming and has a light, pleasant fragrance. It was first introduced in the 1930s and has proven to be a vigorous and hardy climbing rose. Very easy to grow, but does need support as the canes are heavy and it grows quickly. Blaze is a grafted rose, so winter protection is advised.

Climbing Rose Tip

Dont' worry if your Climbing Roses don't bloom well for the first year or two. They need time to build up canes for flowering growth and building feeder roots. After that, you will be rewarded with an abundance of blooms, year after year.


Rosa Royal Sunset

Fragrant, Coral Blooms...Vigorous Grower!

I absolutely adore coral roses! This lovely large-flowered climbing rose has long, elegant buds and big, blousy blossoms. The rich orangey-apricot colors are set against deep glossy green leaves. Striking!

Royal Sunset is a prolific grower that blooms on old and new wood. It has a moderate, pleasant fruity fragrance. Like all climbers it does best in full sun. Introduced in 1960 in the U.S. and still going strong...


High Society Climbing Rose

A Real Class Act!

This fragrant beauty blooms all season long. Lovely 5 inch deep pink flowers that do not fade in the sun. Grows 10 - 12 feet tall with dark green glossy leaves. Makes an excellent cut flower as well. An easy care and disease resistant rose with vigorous canes that like to climb.

I haven't grown the 'High Society' climbing rose yet, but plan to soon. It draws rave reviews for its superb quality and low maintenance habits. The color and longevity of the blooms sounds like a winning combination!


Rosa Fourth of July

A patriotic large-flowered climber

A showy vibrantly colored climbing rose is "Fourth of July" introduced in 1999. This climber features colored clusters of semi-double blooms that are velvety-red and white-striped.

This festive rose has a light fruit and sweet rose scent and features arching canes. Plant with some "blue" flowers to show your pride for the U.S.A. and in support of our troops!

Climbing Rose Tip

Make a climbing rose look fuller by letting clematis scramble up it.

(See photo below)

A Great Combo...

A Great Combo...
A Great Combo...

Rosa 'Zephirine Drouhin'

A Thornless Climbing Rose!

Zephirine Drouhin is what's known as a Bourbon rose which was named after a French rose enthusiast's wife. These thornless roses are climbers growing up to twelve feet and higher. It's in bloom for the entire season from May to the fall.

The blooms are plentiful and a lovely dark pink in color. The plant does best in acidic soil and partial sun to full sun. It needs lots of air circulation, so prune this rose well during its dormant phase. This beauty should be planted in a location where you can really enjoy its strong and sweet fragrance.

You can train this lovely rose bush to grow on a trellis, archway, or along the rails of a veranda or porch patio. Because of its thornless quality, the Zephirine Drouhin is relatively easy to handle. Good for people who hate to be pricked by rose thorns, or who have a sensitivity to them and develop rashes or other skin conditions!

Climbing Rose Tip

When selecting a trellis, also consider ease of access for pruning and the trellis' ability to hold the weight of a full grown rose in wet and windy weather.

Rosa 'Westerland' Climbing / Shrub Rose

Luscious Orangey - Apricot Blooms

The Westerland rose is a great choice for a wall or fence. This shrub / climber grows shorter than many climbing roses - reaching 5 - 6" ft. tops.

The clusters of loosely double blooms of apricot - orange have a good spicy rose scent. I love the fragrance!

This one can be grown as a shrub rose, or as a short climber. A very pretty rose and a colorful addition to any garden setting.

Iceberg Climbing Rose

A White Beauty of a Rose

Known as one of the best white landscape roses, 'Iceberg' is now available in a vigorous, climbing form.

This rose has all of the original's excellent qualities of repeat bloom and durability. Blooms are semi-double with a mild honey fragrance. looks just heavenly climbing up an arbor. 'Climbing Iceberg' is an ideal rose for a small garden, balcony or patio. The beautiful clustered white flowers are accented with yellow stamens.

Welcome To Paradise!

Welcome To Paradise!
Welcome To Paradise!

Do You Have a Favorite Climbing Rose? - Thanks for stopping by!

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    • profile image 

      4 months ago

      Hi I’m loooking for a climbing rose that grows in shed as that part of my garden doesn’t get sun until after noon i I like one that grows quickly as have builders building out the back and want to block like out with beauty also must be evergreen any suggestions please cangrow as high an wide as it likes thanks

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      Andres Ramos Valentin 

      2 years ago

      I do not have any climbing roses but i look forward to having ; them grow tropical flowers , as I live in the mountains of the island of Puerto Rico where the temperature is not so warm ; the climbing rose they should grow very well here .Its most interesting article , thank you , I hope some day to get those roses .

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      VioletteRose LM 

      5 years ago

      Wow they look so pretty :)

    • jmchaconne profile image


      5 years ago

      Roses are my favorite flower. Thank you for an excellent lens

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      5 years ago

      I adore them all! Very Beautiful!

    • FrancesWrites profile image


      6 years ago

      Simply lovely! Gorgeous images and a lovely selection of roses. There is no more striking entrance to a garden than a tall, wide arched trellis with flowering roses busting all over it.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful. I love flowers but I've never had much luck with roses.

    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      6 years ago from British Columbia

      Really beautiful! I love your photo of roses and clematis growing together.

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      Gregory Moore 

      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I think I see a trellis in my garden's future.

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      6 years ago

      I have just planted some climbing roses in my backyard and need all the advice I can find about them. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful climbing roses. I love the rosa royal sunset and iceberg.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Happy Halloween blessings to you!

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      7 years ago

      What a glorious collection! I love climbers. Thanks for sharing this.

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      7 years ago

      I really like the paradise picture that you have on the bottom of this lens. Nice lens, I'm in zone 5. I have a few small bush varieties, thinking of training two rosebushes up our wooden swingset (on either side-the swingset only has one swing) I think it might look very pretty. I'll have to look into the thornless variety you mentioned, since my youngest still likes to swing there. I don't have any other hardscape they could climb on. (We had a carriage house but had to get it taken down for Severe structural problems.)

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      7 years ago

      I think climbing roses can make any place beautiful. I've just planted one and can't wait to see it blooming! Thank you for the article. It is very useful.

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      7 years ago

      I love roses , all the species; climbing or not.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Love the Rosa Blaze and Iceberg. I wonder if the Rosa Blaze would grow in the tropics?

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      Moe Wood 

      7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I love climbing roses, especially dark red ones.

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      bames24 lm 

      8 years ago

      wish we had more space in our garden :)

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      serenity4me lm 

      8 years ago

      Love, love, love it. Roses are my favorite in my gardends, however; there is just never enough of them!

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      8 years ago

      I really love that Iceberg Climbing Rose - great job on this lens.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens! I'm in 5a and b now so my climbing roses have been tough to get going:) These are great pics though!

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      8 years ago

      Awesome lens! I love Roses! They were my dad's favorite too. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/25/2010. Have a wonderful holiday!

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      9 years ago

      There is nothing more beautiful than an arbor or fence covered in a climbing rose. Gave you a thumbs up and lensrolled you to my Top 10 Reblooming Roses lens.

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      9 years ago

      Great work! Very interesting informations for a "want to be" owner of a garden filled with Roses :)

      Your lens is featured in the lens:

      Roses - Lots of informations

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      Laura Hofman 

      9 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @anonymous: Thank you for the kind words Karanta! I will definitely check out your roses site. I have several more gardening lenses in the works.

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      Laura Hofman 

      9 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @norma-holt: Thanks so much skiesgreen! I really appreciate that! I have more roses and gardening related lenses in the works.

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      9 years ago

      You certainly love your roses. This is a tribute to that passion. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      9 years ago

      Awesome! I just started 2 Don Juan's, hope they do well. I love that peach colored Polka rose picture, gonna have to add one of those to my flowergarden too!

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      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Very informative lens and look forward to seeing how it develops


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