The 7 Best Climbing Roses for Your Garden by

Issue 76 · American Beauty · June 11, 2013

The 7 Best Climbing Roses for Your Garden

Issue 76 · American Beauty · June 11, 2013

Standing tall in my back garden is a large crab apple tree that I disdain but for one attribute: it is the best climbing tree around. I'm not talking about for my children, rather for my gorgeous, fragrant climbing rose. I am probably committing some horrible gardening offense by letting the rose take over. I can't help but let the refined rose take on its wild side; that's what I love about climbing roses. Here are seven of our favorite varieties to consider.

My bias is for light-colored climbers—whites and light pinks. What's yours? Share your favorite varieties in the comments below.  

Climbing Roses on Wall, Gardenista

Above: Roses climb a wall at the amazing Italian Renaissance gardens at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli. See Martha Stewart's "Tips for Growing Climbing Roses" to get started. Photograph via Flickr.

If you want a vigorous, scented pink climber, consider Eden; it's $14.95 from Brushwood Nursery.

New Dawn Climbing Rose, Gardenista

Above: The prolific pink grower in my garden is the New Dawn Climbing Rose. A fragrant climbing classic that is the forerunner of the modern climbing rose; $19.95 at David Austin Roses. Image via Flickr.

Renae Climbing Rose, Gardenista

Above: For a similar variety without the wicked thorns, consider the Renae Climbing Rose; $19.95 at Rogue Valley Roses.

Mme. Alfred Carriere Climbing Rose, Gardenista

Above: A tough climbing rose that can survive many climates (even the San Francisco fog), the Mme. Alfred Carriere Climbing Rose has very fragrant white informal-shaped blooms. Available for $19.95 from David Austin Roses.  Image by Janet Hall.

Climbing Rose Zephirine Drouhin, Gardenista

Above: The nearly thornless Zepherine Drouhin Climbing Rose is Michelle's favorite and offers fragrant old-fashioned blooms in a bright cerise pink; $16.50 at Edmund's Roses. Image via Suzy Bales' Garden.

Kew Rambler Climbing Rose, Gardenista

Above: The fragrant Kew Rambler offers single apple blossom-like blooms; $17.50 at Heirloom Roses. Image by Janet Hall.

Sombreuil Climbing Rose, Gardenista

Above: The romantic French Sombreuil Climbing Rose has an abundance of petals arranged in the form of flat, quartered rosettes; $19.95 at Dave Austin Roses. Image via the Huntington Botanical Gardens.

Ballerina Climbing Rose, Gardenista

Above: I love the delicate small foliage and blossoms of the Ballerina Climbing Rose. Good for hedging, it is available for $11.97 at Wayside Gardens. Image by Janet Hall.

Climbing Roses Book, Gardenista

Above: A guidebook to climbing roses that thrive in North America (and tips to care for them), Climbing Roses by Stephen Scanniello and Tania Bayard is available from $27.17 through Amazon.

An abundance of rose petals? Consider putting them to use with Maria's recipe for Rose Petal Honey.


Have an opinion? Care to comment? We'd love to hear what you have to say.