Climbers and Ramblers
Roses are seldom better displayed than when they look down at us from above, and it is surprising that many of the best climbing roses are rarely seen and difficult to obtain. We have gone to great lengths to gather together one of the most extensive collections of these roses.
English Climbing Roses
There are several English Roses that may be described as true climbers, for example the once flowering Constance Spry and Shropshire Lass.

There are, however, a number of repeat flowering English Roses, usually thought of as shrubs, that may easily be encouraged to climb 6 to 10 ft in height, particularly when planted against a wall or solid fence. This is all the height that is required for many positions - and of course, a low climber is much easier to manage.

Climbing Roses
Climbing roses differ from rambler roses in that they have larger flowers, similar to other garden roses. These are usually held singly or in small groups. Climbers generally have the ability to repeat flower after their first period of bloom.

There seems to be almost endless possibilities for the use of climbers and there can be few plants more essential for the garden. Most climbing roses are used to cover the walls of the house and garden, but they may also be grown on pillars, arches and pergolas and over fences.

Rambling Roses
Rambling roses usually have numerous small flowers held in large bunches. They produce strong, frequently long, stems from the base of the plant.

The more vigorous ramblers may be encouraged to grow into trees, from which their flowers will hang down in festoons. Others may be allowed to clamber over shrubs and hedges.

If you have rather an unsightly shed, this may be attractively covered by a strong rambler. It is wise to check that the height of a rambler is suitable for the available space.
English Rambling Roses
Ramblers flower with great freedom, giving a mass of bloom, but this is usually only once in the year. Their growth is robust but graceful and they are ideal for covering large areas.

The English rambling roses, Malvern Hills and Snow Goose, are both unusual in that they repeat flower. This helps to restrict their height, which can be a great advantage where space is limited.

These can be trained against a wall or trellis or allowed to scramble over posts, arches or pergolas.


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29 August 2015