Take time and smell the roses. Roses have been around for millions of years which just prove that roses are not difficult to grow. The Rose is also our National Floral Emblem and the state flower of several states.
Climbing roses are group of roses with very long, flexible canes. There is really no such thing as climbing roses because roses do not climb. Climbing roses is a misnomer because roses do not have tendrils like vines that curl or wrap around a support. Instead to ascend and tumble over the top of a trellis, pergola, fence or wall, roses need help from the gardener. Climbing roses have to be trained and tied to their support. Some varieties have been bred to do so like Cl. Queen Elizabeth and others like Altissimo just naturally have this leggy growth habit.
It is important to bend the long canes of climbing roses in order to ensure a perfusion of blooms. The act of bending the canes into arches and tying them in that position actually stimulates all the bud eyes along the top of the arch to produce laterals. Each lateral in turn will produce a bloom. If you do not bend the canes of climbing roses, you will usually get a bloom only at the very end of each long cane. Your trellis will be covered by lots of leaves and not many flowers.
Here is a list of some excellent climbing roses:
New Dawn – light pink
Rosarium Uetersen – deep pink
Altissimo – medium red
Fourth of July – red blend
Pierre de Ronsard – pink blend
Don Juan – dark red
America – orange pink
Sombreuil - white
Clair Matin – medium pink
Dublin Bay – medium red
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