Climber And Rambler Roses
‘City of York’ Roses
Introduced – 1945
‘City of York’ produces semi-double, creamy white roses with yellow centers. The flowers are cup-shaped and have a delightful fragrance. The flowers of this rose bloom only once in a season and continue blossoming for a long period in sprig.
‘City of York’ roses appear in large clusters of anything between seven and 15 flowers in each cluster. The leaves are shiny and have a leathery texture.
This is a robustly growing rose and is very effective during spring, when the plants produce copious pale yellow flowers creating a spectacular contrast against the lush, dark foliage. This rose is capable of enduring partial shade and you may also grow it on a northern wall. In addition, ‘City of York’ is an excellent choice for growing on a trellis.
‘Don Juan’ Roses
Introduced – 1958
‘Don Juan’ bears exceptionally large, scented blooms which may appear singly or even in small clusters. The plants are in bloom all through the growing season. The plants produce dark red – almost black – and oval shaped buds that slowly unfurl to expose the cup-shaped, high-centered blooms having a deep velvety hue.
In fact, the color of ‘Don Juan’ flowers is amongst the darkest of all red hued roses. Each flower of this variety measures about 4 inches to 5 inches across. The flowers appear on long stems, which make them very useful as cut flowers.
The leaves of this rose are dark and shiny. The growth of ‘Don Juan’ rose plants vary from moderate to vigorous. The plants grow upright. If you deadhead the withered flowers it will help to encourage re-bloom.
This plant is most effective when grown on a fence, pillar, trellis or a wall. While ‘Dan Juan’ rose is not exceptionally hardy, it is good at resisting diseases.
‘Dorothy Perkins’ Roses
Introduced – 1901
‘Dorothy Perkins’ rose bears decorative and fully double flowers that have a pale rose-pink hue. Each rose of this variety measures anything between 2 inches to 3 inches across and they are fragrant. The leaves are dark green and glossy.
This rambler is a vigorous grower and can reach up to a height of anything between 10 feet and 20 feet. However, the plants are in bloom only once every growing season.
Introduced – 1955
From the technical point of view, ‘Dormund’ rose is among the Kordesii shrubs, but this rose is almost always grown as a climber owing to it exceptional vigour. Similar to other Kordesii shrubs, this rose is a cross breed between the memorial rose (botanical name Rosa wicburaiana) and R. Rugosa.
Since it has adapted the best qualities of its parents, this rose is not only extremely hardy, but also possesses ability to resist diseases well. The red flowers of this climber are large, single, somewhat ruffled and make a wonderful display against the holly-like glossy foliage.
Each flower of this variety has a white eye which encircles the central tuft of radiant yellow stamens. It is advised that you should deadhead the blooms to induce repeat blooms. In fact, you need to allow the flowers to wither on the stems to enable you to take delight in the attractive orange-hued hips. However, here is a word of caution – the stems produce several oversized thorns.
‘Dr. J.H. Nicolas’ Roses
Introduced – 1940
This rose bears globular flowers having a moderate rose-pink hue. The flowers are borne in small sprays which gives the plant a spacious appearance. Each flower of ‘Dr. J.H, Nicolas’ measures about 4 inches to 5 inches across and is composed of as many as 50 petals.
The flowers are fragrant and bloom repeatedly. The foliage of this rose is dark green and has a leathery texture. ‘Dr. J.H. Nicolas’ rose plants have an upright habit and grow up to 10 feet when grown on a trellis or a pillar.
‘Dr. W. Van Fleet’ Roses
Introduced – 1910
‘Dr. W. Van Fleet’ rose bears cameo pink blooms whose color fades to flesh white as the flowers mature. Each flower measures about 2 inches to 3 inches across. Initially the flowers unfurl as double and high-centered, but they soon become flat and decorative blooms.
The flowers are very fragrant and bloom only once in a growing season. The foliage is small, dark green and glossy, which covers the entire plant. ‘Dr. W. Van Fleet’ is a robust climber which can grow up to a height of anything between 15 feet and 20 feet.
‘Dublin Bay’ Roses
Introduced – 1976
The blood red hued flowers of ‘Dublin Bay’ appear incessantly from spring until the first frost of the season. The flowers are cup-shaped, double and scented. Each rose of this variety measures about 4 inches to 4 ½ inches across.
The flowers have a velvety texture and they make an excellent display against the rich green foliage. The plants of this rose have a somewhat sluggish growth.
During the first few seasons of this growth, ‘Dublin Bay’ rose plants may perform as shrub, but later changes into an excellent climber. The plant is upright and well-branched and is well suited for growing on a low fence, a stone wall, pillar or a trellis. This rose possesses the ability to resist diseases.
Introduced – 1953
‘Etain’ rose is a rambler that produces salmon-pink hued blooms having light fragrance. The double blooms, each measuring about 3 inches across, appear in large clusters. The leaves of this rose are reddish brown, glossy and more or less evergreen when grown in places having milder climatic conditions.
The plant is a vigorous grower reaching a height of 10 feet to 12 feet. It quickly covers the fences or slopes on which it is grown. ‘Etain’ rose is among the few ramblers that not only repeats its blooms, but also performs best when grown in a site having light shade.
Introduced – 1909
Now and then, ‘Excelsa’ rose is also referred to as ‘Red Dorothy Perkins’. This rambler bears double, cup-shaped, medium red flowers with ruffled petals. The flowers appear in large and heavy clusters. However, the flowers blossom only once in a year.
An individual flower of this variety measures about 2 inches across. The leaves of this rose have a rich green hue and they are glossy, covering the entire plant. The plants of ‘Excelsa’ rose grow up to a height of anything between 12 feet and 18 feet.
‘Fortune’s Double Yellow’ Roses
Introduced – 1845
‘Fortune’s Double Yellow’ is a popular old climber rose that bears loosely double blooms in clusters. The color of the flowers of this rose have described as apricot with shades of rose, yellow tinged with copper, salmon tinged with red and so on.
On the other hand, you may describe the colors as captivating and nicely contrasted with its apple green foliage. This rose blooms copiously during spring and flourishes in the Southeast as well as Southwest. In southern California, this rose has escaped from cultivation and naturalized itself.
In fact, this is proof of the fact that this rose can be cultivated without much effort. While you may grow ‘Fortune’s Double Yellow’ rose in the form of an expansive shrub, it is actually most effective when grown as a climber.
This rose is stunning indeed when you train its canes to climb up into the branches of an open-canopied tree so that it is able to cascade back on the ground with a drape of golden hued flowers.
‘Gloire de Dijon’ Roses
Introduced – 1853
Despite the fact that ‘Gloire de Dijon’ has been classified as a climbing tea rose, the flowers of this variety closely resemble its parent Bourbone rose named ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’.
This rose bears large, quartered, round flowers having buff yellow hue with shades of pink-apricot. The blooms of ‘Gloire de Dijon’ have a rich fragrance. At the start of its growing season this rose blooms heavily and subsequently repeats blooms well until the fall. The blooms of this rose are excellent for use as cut flowers.
‘Golden Showers’ Roses
Introduced – 1956
Compared to many other climbers roses, the canes of ‘Golden Showers’ are short and it bears large, semi-double flowers. The daffodil yellow flowers of this rose are ruffled and have red stamens.
‘Golden Showers’, as the name suggests, bears large flush of blooms towards the end of spring or at the onset of summer and following some hesitancy the plants bear another flush of blooms in the fall.
While this rose has a preference for full sun, it is also able to endure some shade. Hence, it is an excellent selection for growing against a wall that is north-facing.
If you prune the canes of this rose at regular intervals, you will be able to maintain it in the form of a big specimen shrub. On the other hand, ‘Golden Showers’ is rather sensitive to cold, but its performance is best when grown in the South as well as in the Mid-Atlantic states.
Introduced – 1966
‘Goldstern’ is an outstanding tough climber rose. While another German nurseryman bred this rose, it has its origin in Kordes nursery. Usually, it is grown in the form of a climber, it may be allowed to sprawl if the site is large and also in informal planting.
It is worth mentioning here that ‘Goldstern’ rose is particularly suited for growing in places that are cold and exposed. This rose produces long, pointed buds in clusters and they unfurl into double blooms that have a flattened form similar to that of architectural rosettes.
Each flower measures about 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter and it has a very light scent. The leaves have a medium green hue, are glossy and extraordinarily healthy. The new foliage has a pale green color with red edges, which makes a delightful contrast.