Rose Types

Climbing Roses

Looking for something gorgeous to deck out your garden trellis with? A 'Climbing Rose' will surely make your heart sing. A climber, covering part of a trellis or wall of a building and in full bloom is simply a fragrantly spectacular sight. The term 'climber' is simply a phrase used to describe any type of rose that has the ability to grow to a substantial height. You might rightly wonder, however, how long it takes for such a rose to mature and question whether or not you would have the patience or ability to grow such a showpiece. True, climbing roses do take several years to mature so before you invest your time on this growing adventure it's wise to consider what's involved and what roses might be the best choices for the future area you wish to adorn with their blooms.

The five main things that you should remember when selecting your climbing rose plant is size, shade tolerance, rebloom, resistance towards diseases and lastly aesthetics.

ClimbersSize: the first thing you should consider is the height you would want your climber to grow to. If suppose you have a 3 foot area to fill then common sense dictates not to choose a climber that will want to grow to 30 feet in height, no matter how much you like it. You might feel that you can prune the plant to size but by doing this you will actually be destroying the plant, serving no purpose and tiring yourself futilely. Therefore go for something close to the plant you adore but which will grow for the appropriate three feet in space only. For example, if you like 'Climbing Cecile Brunner' but have an 8 foot space then go for 'Blush Noisette' - these plants have similar blooms and will help give you the result you desire.

Shade Tolerance: the second thing to keep in mind is the amount of sunlight that the plant will receive if planted in that particular place. Most roses are high heat, full sun roses but there are a few varieties which grow best in partial shade. The lighter color varieties are usually more shade tolerant than their strong-colored counterparts. Yellow, light yellow, pink, white roses are generally more shade-growers than the oranges, reds and other bright colors. A reminder that should be given at this point to never expect a rose to grow properly if you have not met its shade requirements. Do not expect a rose requiring high sun to bloom properly in shade; it will stubbornly refuse. It's your fault entirely of course, so simply meet the requirements of the space you are filling and see what miracles you accomplish. Lastly never go for a rose at all if you plan to use it to beautify a dark spot, you will not succeed.

Rebloom: Usually a climber is in full public view and your goal is to fill a space with color and blooms. You will want a rose with a high rate of rebloom and one that's easy to train for the space you wish to fill, since some are more flexible than others. The trade-off is that you will likely have to feed such a rose more frequently, but the reward will be an extended season of blossoms and hopefully, especially if you choose an old-world rose, a season full of gentle fragrance. However, single bloomers due tend to give a more spectacular show, so choose accordingly. 'New Dawn' is a consistently popular choice.

Disease Resistance: Climbing Roses are generally considered to be much less affected by disease or insect pests than other roses. Perhaps the added height helps, in that their leaves are higher off the ground and small inspects or blackspot spores can't land on them. Plus, the added air circulation and bright sun would be considered a great tonic to the rose as well, keeping mildew at bay. However, any climber grown tight up against a wall won't benefit from the air or heat and will likely have a higher risk of falling prey to mildewy conditions. 'Sombreuil' is a very hardy and disease-resistant selection.

The "Pretty" Factor: Let's face it, we grow roses because they are beautiful. Choose a rose that meets the practical criteria of course, but one that captures your fancy too. Think about color, bloom size, petal shape, leaf shapes. Consider whether you would like a rose that has a tendency to stand upright or droop forwards in gops of showy blossoms. Do you like small flowers or large ones? This is where you get to play ... do your research and select one that will bring you years of pleasure as you train it to fill the space around your home.