Rambling Roses

Our carefully chosen Fragrant Rambling Roses are fast , pliant types ideal for clambering over and covering buildings, large walls, scrambling up through large trees and hedges and for trailing over pergodas. There are two types of Rambling roses available to the modern garden, Old Traditional Ramblers which bloom in one great long flush of small blooms from late June or July. these should be pruned to shape as and when needed straight after flowering as flowers are often produced from the previous years growth.The new modern Repeat Flowering Ramblers flower in flushes from late June until autumn and are also great for trellis work, arches, obelisks and pagodas. Rambling Roses require some initial training and tieing in but thereafter can be left to flourish and self maintain themselves, control growth by hacking back as required! Plant Our Fragrant Rambling roses singularly or around 1.80m apart, flowering heights for range from 2.0m to 8.0m depending on chosen variety, Weeping Standard roses also need planting 1.80m apart and are supplied as Full Standards (Flowering Height 1.80m approx) where available.

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Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners with your question on your rambling rose.

Congratulations on your recent planting of your rambling rose. This is an interesting approach, and environment, in which to place your rose. Without knowing how large your tree is or what the root competition might be like where you planted the rose, I will flag this as a potential problem. Having stated that, it is good that you planted on the southwest side of the tree to get sufficient light. Your quite right in trying to avoid crossing the canes, but I would avoid trying to spiral around the tree trunk. This is because when these canes reach the back side of the tree they will be on the “dark-side” so to speak, and that would be detrimental.

Another factor to be aware of is the amount of air circulation and moisture which may be present, if the branches your are twining your roses into are densely branched and leaved, you may be inviting various diseases.

If possible another strategy for growing your rambler would be the addition of a trellis, or possible wiring system to allow proper spreading and splaying of the rose canes outwards.

I have attached a link below for additional information on pruning and managing rambling roses.

Enjoy your roses !

Monty Don: Pergolas, arches, trees, even the side of the house will be enriched if you let roses ramble

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Best rambling roses to grow

Rambling roses put on a spectacular display in midsummer. They produce masses of mostly small- to medium sized flowers, borne in clusters, which are often followed by red or orange hips in the autumn.

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Discover how to plant a rambling rose.

Most ramblers are very vigorous, which means they are ideal for covering unsightly buildlings, sheds, pergolas and walls. They can even be grown through a large tree, or used to support other climbers such as Clematis viticella. The less rampant varieties are good for growing up rose arches or up a trellis against a wall.

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Here are some of the best rambling roses you can grow.

Rambling roses put on a spectacular display in midsummer.

Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’

Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ is a stunning rose that bears masses of small, creamy white, musk-scented flowers in midsummer. They are followed by red, oval hips in autumn. A very vigorous rose that can grow very large.

Small, creamy-white flowers of Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’

Rosa ‘Wedding Day’

‘Wedding Day’ is a vigorous rambling rose that bears large clusters of scented, creamy white flowers with bright yellow stamens that age to pink. The stems are relatively thornless – useful if you’re planting it near a path.

Hint-of-pink flowers of Rosa ‘Wedding Day’, with conspicuous yellow stamens

Rosa ‘The Albrighton Rambler’

Unusually for a rambler, ‘Rosa ‘The Albrighton Rambler’ repeat flowers well. It also has double flowers. Less vigorous than many ramblers, it’s ideal for smaller gardens.

Palest-pink, double flowers of Rosa ‘The Albrighton Rambler’

Rosa ‘Rambling Rector’

‘Rambling Rector’ is a very vigorous rambler, bearing large clusters of scented, semi-double, creamy-white flowers all summer. These are followed by small red hips. It’s more tolerant of shade than many roses.

Masses of white Rosa ‘Rambling Rector’ flowers

Rosa ‘Kew Rambler’

Rosa ‘Kew Rambler’ has masses of pink flowers with a white centre, resembling wild roses. The flowers, borne in trusses, have a strong, musk scent; these are followed by orange hips in autumn. It is more tolerant of shade than many roses.

White-centered, pink blooms of Rosa ‘Kew Rambler’

Rosa ‘Super Fairy’

Rosa ‘Super Fairy’ is a gently rambling rose, bearing clusters of fully double, pink flowers. It’s less vigorous than many rambling roses, making it ideal for growing up an arch or trellis against a wall.

Pink, double blooms of Rosa ‘Super Fairy’

Rosa ‘Albertine’

Rosa ‘Albertine’ is a very popular rambler that gives a lavish display of coppery pink, highly scented flowers in summer. It’s very vigorous variety and makes an excellent cut flower.

Coppery-pink blooms of Rosa ‘Albertine’

Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’

Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ flowers earlier than other ramblers, in April or May. It’s a vigorous, thornless rambler with small, glossy toothed leaves and hanging sprays of pale yellow, double flowers that have a light fragrance.

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Lemon flowers of Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’

When the Robinsons moved to the family home at Moor Wood in the early 1980s, they were greeted by a sprawling garden of intricate areas demanding high maintenance. To simplify the planting, or “un-garden” it as Susie refers to it, meant a radical rethink. After all, what they had in spades was space, old walls, and established trees providing the perfect habitat for supple new shoots to clamber up.

Above: The chartreuse flowers of lady’s mantle complement the yellow flowers of a rambler rose at Moor Wood. Above: A hedge of ramblers will perfume the air next to a set of steps or a pathway.

Twenty years on, the garden looks as though it has been clothed in ramblers forever lending it a fairytale quality.

What is a National Plant Collection?

Above: R. ‘Albertine’ is a well-known old rambler growing up to 20 feet. The dark, salmon-pink buds open to almost double heads of coppery pink with a strong, sensual perfume.

In the United Kingdom, an umbrella organization called Plant Heritage oversees more than 630 national collections of garden plants, to document and preserve groups of plants for future generations. Each collection has a designated custodian and is grown in a specified location, ranging from private gardens to the public collections maintained by the Royal Horticultural Society.

What are the best rambler roses to grow?

Rosa ‘Jersey Beauty’

Above: R. ‘Jersey Beauty’ has elegant and profuse clusters of single flowers which fade from lemon-yellow to white, and the foliage is a rich, glossy green.

Rosa ‘Ghislaine de Féligonde’

Above: R. ‘Ghislaine de Féligonde’ is an unusual repeat flowering rambler with a musky fragrance and almost thornless stems. The rambler was named in 1916 by the French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier, after a friend’s daughter.

Rosa ‘Aviateur Blériot’

Above: Rosa ‘Aviateur Blériot’ was named after the French aviator Louis Blériot in 1902. The double flowers fade from orangey-yellow to cream and have a good fragrance.

Rosa ‘Narrow Water’

Above: Discovered at and named after Narrow Water Castle in Northern Ireland, R. ‘Narrow Water’ is a shorter rambler with clusters of lavender-pink flowers giving off a spicy scent.

See more growing tips in Roses: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design in our Perennials 101 guides. Read more about how to design a rose garden (or integrate a favorite rose into an existing garden bed):

  • The 7 Best Climbing Roses for Your Garden
  • Everything You Need to Know About Roses
  • Landscaping: 10 Rose Garden Design Ideas

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