Climbing or rambling roses make a stunning feature on a wall, fence or clambering over an arch, Arbour or Pergola.
This growing range of arbours and pergolas are remarkable low maintenance garden structures. Made using pre-cut pressure treated timber, each structure comes with a 10 year guarantee against rot and insect infestation. Pressure treatment is an excellent feature, especially for anyone planning to train plants to climb and engulf an arbour or pergola.
The addition of climbing plants to these garden structures, on top of being a spectacular viewplus adding flare, will also mean that you can naturally add some shade from the elements to the seating area you’ve created underneath.
If training roses up posts, arbours or pergolas, remember to twist the main shoots gently around the uprights, keeping them as horizontal as possible to encourage flowering shoots to form low down.
Both climbing roses and ramblers are best supported and tied into wires or trellis, to help keep them in place, that is as near to horizontal as possible to restrict sap flow and to allow more shoots to grow along the length of stem, but also to promote better flowering.
To check if you have a climbing rose or a rambling rose just take note of the flowering time. A climbing rose will repeatedly flower almost all summer and well into autumn, while a rambling rose usually flowers only once, normally around June.
All roses need regular pruning to keep them healthy, in good shape and to keep them flowering. Climbing roses should be pruned yearly in late autumn or early winter, normally between December and February after the flowers have faded. If left unattained they will become a tangled mess of branches with just a few flowers. Prune any flowered side shoots back by two thirds of their length and remove all dead, diseased and weak branches.
Depending on the species, roses are normally happy in sun or shade and also happy in most soils provided it is free-draining. Always deadhead flowers as they fade to encourage further blooms.
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