The best climbing roses have a wild side. Consider the one in my backyard. It covers a large crab apple tree that I disdain but for one attribute: it is the best “trellis” around.
I am probably committing some horrible gardening offense by letting the rose take over. But the wildness of climbing roses and ramblers is what makes them magic. Here are seven of our favorite varieties to consider:
2. New Dawn
4. Mme. Alfred Carriere
5. Zephirine Drouhin
6. Kew Rambler
For more of our favorite garden roses, see:
- 10 Easy Pieces: Best Fragrant Garden Roses.
- Nursery Visit: David Austin Roses in Shropshire.
- Design Sleuth: 7 Sources for Brooklyn’s Best Roses.
- A Rose for All Regions: 5 Best Roses to Plant in the Northeast, in Texas, and in Northern California.