Grow these climbing roses to create a charming English garden

Make your rose-covered cottage dream a reality!

Climbing roses

by Eleanor Weaver |

There isn't a more charming sight than a rose-laden cottage. We all love a romantic garden arch covered with a cascade of climbing roses. Roses are one of the nation's favourite flowers. They symbolise romance, love and beauty. So why not bring all of those elements into your garden this year. Regardless of how small your outdoor space is there will be something for you. Climbing roses are an excellent way to add the wow factor to a small garden or charm to an otherwise plain brick wall to add something to your garden borders.

Fragrant and colourful, this plant is perfect for gorgeous garden displays - get yours planted now ahead of spring for bigger, better and earlier show-stoppers!

Should I choose climbing or rambling roses?

It can sometimes be hard to distinguish between a climbing rose and a rambling rose. Both can be trained to grow on supports with long, flexible stems.

According to Royal Horticultural Society, the easiest way to tell the difference is to take note of the flowering time. A climbing rose will repeat-flower almost all summer, while a rambling rose usually flowers only once, normally around June.

Rambling roses can also grow more vigorously compared to a climbing rose which behaves much more like a standard shrub rose.

For this reason, we would choose a climbing rose for beautiful flowers that will continue to bloom, and not become unruly, each year.

How best to support climbing roses

Climbing roses aren't self-clinging to walls or surfaces, so you'll need to provide them with support as they grow. There are a huge range of support solutions great for making your roses shape the way you want in your own garden.

If you're looking to grow your climbing roses on the side of your house or a fence, options include using garden wires, string and canes or growing on a trellis where shoots can be tied. This is also a great solution if you're low on space in your garden.

Monty Don, horticultural writer and broadcaster, recommends training the main structural growth of your rose plant to grow at a 45 degree or horizontal angle. This will let your side shoots be as upright as possible so they stronger and in abundance on your garden wall.

If you've got space to spare, grow on garden obelisks, iron gazebos or railings, pergolas or create your very own rose tunnel! There are so many options to choose from and all produce impressive floral displays. Below are some supports you can buy to get started or to support a climbing rose that needs a little help.

How best to prune climbing roses

Before you get started, make sure to wear gardening gloves to prune safely around the prickly rose thorns.

The best time of year to prune your climbing rose is in the winter or early spring when the flowers have faded away. Remove any dead, diseased or dying branches and leaves and then tie down any new branches or shoots than need support.

Prune any side shoots back to about two inches to let them flower again next summer. At this time you can look for any strong branches which you can tie down horizontally to let the side shoots grow up when the time comes.

If your climbing rose is looking too congested, cut out any old branches from the base to promote regrowth in the new season.

Come summer, you should have a lovely new set of sweet, blooming roses!

Peter Seabrooke from The Gardening Channel shares his tips below on how to prune an overgrown climbing rose that needs that helping hand:

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