Types of climbing roses: the 20 most beautiful new & heirloom varieties

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A variety of climbing roses are available on the market. We present the most beautiful types of climbing roses such as Jasmina, Santana and New Dawn.

Red climbing roses on a house
Climbing roses adorn home and garden [Photo: sonja toben/ Shutterstock.com]

Roses (Rosa) have been bred for over 200 years. Countless cultivars have been created by crossing or selecting particularly pretty mutations. Climbing roses here constitute a separate group, characterised by their long shoots. Apart from that, the varieties within the group are as diverse as is usual with roses. Whether single or heavily double flowers, delicate pink, bright red or bright yellow, there’s something for every taste.

Types of climbing roses

With climbing roses, we speak either of the actual climbing roses or rambler roses. Both species can produce metre-long shoots peppered with colourful flowers that will transform your garden into a fragrant natural experience along fences or rose arches. But even though both share a love of upward growth, there are quite a few differences between the species that need to be considered before buying a climbing rose. If you want your garden to bloom several times a year, go for true climbing roses. Rambler roses are ideal for high house facades or large rose arches, because their particularly elastic shoots like to grow between 6 and 10 metres long. The climbing roses on the other hand with a lot of effort just about manage 3 metres. But the growth here is more compact and the flowers are larger. However, the choice of your climbing rose not only has considerable influence on later growth and the flowering time, but also on how the plants need to be cared for later.

Everything about the proper care of climbing roses – both single and repeat flowering – can be found here.

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The most beautiful and abundantly flowering types of climbing roses

Red roses are a symbol of love, but it is not just the red variety that awakens the gardener’s romantic streak. Whether in white, pink, orange or salmon, the single to heavily double blooms of the Rosa add a nostalgic, old-fashioned touch to the garden. We have selected the most popular, repeat flowering varieties for you. Here is a small selection of particularly robust and hardy climbing rose varieties:

  • Compassion: Double flowers of light salmon pink; strongly fragrant; height of growth: up to 2.5 metres; flowering: June – November; ADR rose
  • Golden Gate: Semi–double flower in golden yellow; strongly fragrant (lemon); height of growth: up to 3 metres; flowering: from June; ADR rose and self–cleaning.
  • Amadeus: Heavily double flower in blood red; no fragrance; height of growth: up to 2 metres; flowering: June – frost; Ideal container plant; flowers stick together easily.
  • Kir royal: Double flower in pink with reddish speckles; delicate fragrance; height of growth: up to 3 metres; flowering: June –September; ADR rose; only light second bloom.
  • New dawn: Double flower in soft pearl pink; light fragrance; height of growth: up to 3.5 metres; flowering: June – October
  • Laguna: Double flower in pink; strong fruity fragrance; height of growth: up to 2.8 metres; flowering: June –September; ADR rose
Red blossom of the rosa florentina
Rosa ‘Florentina’ blooms in an intense red [nissia/ Shutterstock.com]
  • Florentina: Double flower of intense red; light fragrance; height of growth: up to 3 metres; flowering: June – September.
  • Dortmund: Single flower in red with white center; no fragrance; height of growth: up to 3.5 metres; flowering: June – September
  • Camelot: Heavily double flower in pink with pink markings; strong fragrance (lemon); height of growth: up to 3.5 metres; flowering: June – October; ADR rose.
  • Moonlight: Semi–double flower in lemon yellow; strong fruity fragrance; height of growth: up to 2.5 metres; flowering: June – September
  • Parade: Heavily double flower in deep pink; fragrant; height of growth: up to 5 metres; flowering: June – October
  • Red flame: Strongly double flower in dark red; strong fragrance (raspberry); height of growth: up to 3.5 metres; flowering: June – September

Other varieties need a little more care to survive the winter. They are only half hardy, but are otherwise not inferior to the hardier varieties.

  • Rosanna: Strongly double flower in salmon colours; subtle fragrance; height of growth: up to 2.5 metres; flowering: June – September; despite the double flowers not sterile.
  • Aloha: Heavily double flower in apricot; strong fragrance; height of growth: up to 2.5 metres; flowering: June – October
  • Santana: Double flower in red; light fragrance; height of growth: up to 3.5 metres; flowering: June – September
White blossom of the rosa snow waltz
Rosa Snow Waltz exudes a sweet scent [Photo: Irykdelta/ Shutterstock.com]
  • Giardina: Double flower in pink; medium strong, fruity fragrance; height of growth: up to 3.5 metres; flowering: June – October; ideal as a container plant.
  • Schneewalzer: Double flower in white; sweet fragrance; height of growth: up to 3.5 metres; flowering: June – September
  • Elfe: Double flower in creamy yellow with green shimmer; delicate fragrance; height of growth: up to 3 metres; flowering: June – September; ideal for sunny locations.

Breeding rambler roses started much later than climbing roses. Therefore, these varieties are not yet as common in domestic gardens. Nevertheless, breeding has already produced repeat flowering rambler roses.

Pink blossom of the rosa jasmina
Rosa Jasmina climbs towards the sky [Photo: motodorov/ Shutterstock.com]
  • Momo: Many small, strongly double flowers in red; no fragrance; height of growth: up to 3 metres; flowering: June – October; hardy.
  • Jasmina: Heavily double flowers in pink to violet; strong fragrance (apple); height of growth: up to 3 metres; flowering: June – September; half hardy; ADR rose; grows upwards even without a climbing aid.

After you have chosen one of the beautiful varieties, you can proceed to planting and caring for climbing roses.

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