Climbing roses combine their elegance, color, delicate fragrance and beauty in a garden that offers an attractive view. They will repeatedly flower throughout the summer and autumn providing a relaxing, cool summer garden with a breathtaking view and a lovely scent.
Do you agree with me that climbing roses have something special? Their beauty is breathtaking, holding on to trellises, over walls, over fences, around archways and obelisks or even around doorways, dazzling our senses with their scent and colors.
Choosing climbing roses with single or semi-double blooms is a great way to accommodate wildlife. Pollen from the flower can be accessed by bees and other pollinators.
“Climbing roses give you this huge burst of color from spring to fall, while taking up a small footprint in the garden.”
If you want a classic look, group a few varieties of climbing roses together - you can get ideas from places like David Austin Rose Gardens. Enjoy the scent of your climbing rose flowers planting it near a patio or seating area.
In autumn, clear up fallen leaves to prevent the spread of fungal infections such as rust and blackspot, then mulch the soil with well-rotted manure, leaf mould or compost. Prune annually in winter.
Best Climbing Roses To Grow
1. Rosa 'Aloha'
'Aloha' is a sumptuous and very fragrant rose with dark foliage and double, rose-pink flowers with coral shadings, flowering from summer to autumn
This vigorous climbing rose perpetual produces beautiful blooms of pink flowers from June to late autumn. Rosa 'Aloha' is known for its strong fruity scent and very good disease resistance.
An upright climber that is best trained on a wall or a fence, grown in full sun and moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of poor soils and good for cut flowers.
2. Rosa 'Eden'
Rosa 'Eden' also known as Rosa ‘’Pierre De Ronsard’’, named after the great French poet, Pierre de Ronsard.
This versatile climber is an excellent repeat bloomer; best grown in full sun and in medium moisture, well-drained soils. Easy to grow, this fragrant rose enjoys an excellent resistance to diseases.
Petals and Rosehips can be used in making syrups. Also, petals will add flavour to cold drinks or fruit cakes.
3. Rosa 'American Beauty' - Hybrid Tea Rose - Rosa maria Callas
Rosa 'American Beauty' is a deep pink rose cultivar, bred by Henri Lédéchaux in France in 1875. Named after the prima donna Maria Callas, Rosa Miss All-American Beauty is a particularly luminous Hybrid Tea rose with a very strong fragrance.
This hybrid perpetual produces beautiful blooms from spring to fall and needs high maintenance compared to others. Best grown in full sun, in rich, fertile, well-drained soils and is very good disease resistant.
4. Rose 'Dublin Bay'
The 'Dublin Bay' rose was bred in 1969 by Samuel McGredy IV in New Zealand and introduced into Ireland by nursery, Samuel McGredy and Son. This delightful climber is a sun lover and its flowers have a mild, fruity perfume.
This delightful small climbing rose is ideal rose for growing up an obelisk or pillar.
Covered from spring until frost with clusters of beautiful, velvety red petals, this rose is a repeat bloomer. The Dublin Bay roses need good air circulation and any deep well-drained soil including clay and plenty of nutrients (garden compost).
5. Rosa Zephirine Drouhin (Bourbone Rose)
The Bourbon roses was first bred in France in 1868 by Bizot and are named for their origin on the Île Bourbon off the coast of Madagascar.
Wonderfully scented, this deep rose pink blooms prefers warmer climates, giving their best performance in full sun light from late spring to frost.
Zephirine Drouhin is one of the earliest roses to bloom in the season and one of the last. Best grown in full sun to part shade, in moist, humus rich, well-drained soil.
6. Rosa 'Blush Rambler'
Bred by Cant's in 1903, Rosa 'Blush Rambler' has always been a popular rose; good for an arch or pergola.
The pink flowers are produced in great profusion and are strongly scented, foliage which is light green and disease free. Grows best in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in a sunny, open position.
7. Rosa 'Iceberg' - Rosa 'Korbin'
Rosa 'Iceberg' was first bred by Kordes in Germany, in 1958. It is also known as Rosa 'Korbin'. They have often been called one of the best white climbing roses. Its white flowers brighten and highlight garden spaces.
Very free flowering, blooms from late spring to frost and tend to grow a little larger than other varieties. Iceberg climbing roses require a lot of sunlight in order to bloom vigorously.
Planting the Iceberg roses is easy. The location should have well-drained soil and should receive good circulation of air. They are also considered to have a fairly good resistance to diseases.
8. Rosa 'Peace' - Rosa 'Madame A. Meilland'
Peace (Rosa 'Peace') was bred by Francis Meilland in France in 1935 is one of the world famous roses. Believed to be the most widely grown rose in the world.
Fragrant, fully double, pink-flushed, Rosa 'Peace' is a fruity scented rose that blooms in flashes from July to September. Best grown in full sun, in medium moisture, well-drained, slightly acid soils. This is the first Rose of Tea Hybrids that has shown high resistance to diseases.
9. Rose 'Westerland'
Rosa 'Westerland' was first bred in Germany in 1969 by Reimer Kordes. It is a versatile rose with small clusters of ruffled apricot-orange flowers with a strong and spicy fragrance.
This versatile rose blooms continuously from summer to fall. Best grown in full sun, in moderately fertile, well-drained soils an it has an excellent disease resistance.
10. Rosa 'Ghislaine de Feligonde'
Rosa 'Ghislaine de Feligonde' was created in France in 1916 by Eugène Turbat. It displays small, sweet, musky fragrance double corollas, changeable yellow in colour.
This fragrant rose repeat flowers from summer to fall and is very good disease resistance. Best grown in full sun, fertile, well-drained soils.
This glorious display of hanging roses brings joy and beauty to everyone's garden, and also delights us with their beautiful scent.
“There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson