Best Climbing Roses

The term ‘large-flowered climber’ describe Roses, usually of very vigorous, rather stiff growth, which produce comparatively large flowers that in many cases resemble those of Hybrid Tea Roses. Ramblers, on the other hand, which are mostly hybrids of R. wichuraiana or R. multiflora, have vigorous, loose growth, and can readily be trained to take up the shape of their supports. They bear small flowers in clusters.

As far as the classification of climbing and rambler Roses is concerned, it is current practice to put these Roses in four groups – 1, 2, 3 and 4 – according to the manner in which they need pruning.

Large-flowered Climbers ‘Aloha’ yields  large, very full,  fragrant flowers, deep rose-pink suffused with orange-salmon, appear­ing freely from June onwards. Excellent for small gardens, moderately vigorous, will grow on a north wall, to a height of 1.8 m (6 ft). (Group 4). ‘Casino’ is repeat-flowering, has soft yellow, very fragrant, full flowers.

‘Compassion’, has pale salmon-orange flowers with apricot shading that is lighter on the reverse. They are full and very fragrant and appear from June onwards. Very vigorous. Grows to a height of 3 m (10 ft). (Group 4)

‘Danse de Feu’ produces full blooms of bright, orange-red from June throughout the summer. It is moderately vigorous, will grow on a north wall and reaches a height of 2.4 m (8 ft). (Group 4)

‘Golden Showers’, produces yellow, fairly full, fragrant recurrent blooms on long stems. Moderately vigorous. Grows to a height of 2.1 m (7 ft). (Group 4)

‘Handel’ has cream blooms flushed rosy pink at the edges. Moderately full and slightly fragrant, they appear from June throughout the summer. Will make a shrub if pruned to shape; otherwise it is vigorous and grows to a height of 3.6 m (12 ft). (Group 4)

‘Morning Jewel’ has large, glowing pink, moder­ately full, fragrant flowers 8 cm (3 in) in diameter, that appear throughout the summer and into autumn. Vigorous and good for cutting. Grows to a height of 2.4 m (8 ft). (Group 4)

‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ was bred from R. kordesii. It has dark green leaves and blood-red, semi-double, recurrent flowers borne in clusters. It will grow on a north wall and is vigorous, reaching a height of 3.6 m (12 ft). (Group 3)

‘Sanders’ White’ is another classic, dating from 1915. It produces many small, white, perfumed flowers in June only. Very vigorous, it is excellent for clothing an archway or fence. Grows to a height of 3.6m (12 ft). (Group 1)

‘Veilchenblau’, first introduced in 1909, produces small, violet-blue flowers with white centres and golden stamens, semi-double and scented and ap­pearing in July. This Rose has very few thorns and is very vigorous, growing to 3.6 m (12 ft). (Group 2).