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Rambling Roses

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Rambling roses are vigorous shrubs with long, arching stems that emerge from the base of the plants and are easy to train on trellises, over archways, and pergolas. They are useful for scrambling through bushes and into trees, covering unsightly objects or large expanses of walls.

  • Rambler Roses are a spectacular sight when in full bloom. They typically produce an abundance of small, often fragrant flowers held in large sprays, sometimes up to 20 blooms per stem. Unlike Climbing Roses, most Rambler Roses bloom once in late spring or early summer for several weeks. They may not repeat flower, but they make up for it with the massive quantities of blooms they produce in their main flush. Their long canes are smothered in roses, forming impressive cascades of colorful blooms.
  • However, new repeat-flowering Rambler varieties are being developed due to interbreeding efforts. Blooming from early summer to fall, these varieties are dearly coveted by gardeners. If your heart is set on a Rambler Rose, which flowers only once in late spring or early summer, you may want to extend its season of interest and combine it with a repeat-flowering Climbing Rose and/or late-flowering Clematis viticella varieties. Blooming profusely over a long period extending from early summer to early fall, these clematis twine through the roses and produce a pretty display of cheerful blooms until fall. Learn how to combine roses and clematis and create a dramatic effect.
  • Many Rambler varieties produce crops of decorative hips in the fall, which persist in winter and glitter in the sun.
  • Tough and reliable, Rambling Roses are generally healthy and disease resistant, tolerant of partial shade and poor soils.
  • Rambler Roses require less care and attention than Climbing Roses. They can thrive on neglect, although they may look unkempt and become unmanageable after a few years. Prune your Rambling rose after flowering, typically in late summer and hard prune every few years.
  • Learn about the differences between Rambling Roses and Climbing Roses. While these roses produce long stems and attractive blooms, they differ in several ways.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 9
Plant Type Climbers, Roses
Genus Rosa, Rosa - Rambling Rose
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders, Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Walls And Fences
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

Great Repeat-Flowering Rambling Roses

Great Rambling Roses - Bloom once in late spring or early summer

Discover These Helpful Guides for Further Reading

Climbing or Rambler Roses for my Garden?
Pretty Roses and Clematis Combination Ideas (Part 1)
Combining Roses and Clematis
Pretty Roses and Clematis Combination Ideas (Part 2)
Pretty Roses and Clematis Combination Ideas (Part 3)
Pretty Climbing Roses for your Garden

Garden Examples

A Super Climbing Duo with Clematis ‘Ernest Markham’
A Super Climbing Duo with Clematis x durandii
A Super Climbing Trio with Clematis and Roses
A Super Climbing Duo with Crimson Roses and Purple Clematis
A Super Climbing Duo with Clematis ‘The President’
A Super Climbing Trio with Clematis ‘Ville de Lyon’
Explore Great Plant Combination Ideas
Rosa (Rose) Rosa (Rambling Roses)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 9
Plant Type Climbers, Roses
Genus Rosa, Rosa - Rambling Rose
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders, Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Walls And Fences
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
Explore Great Plant Combination Ideas
Rosa (Rose) Rosa (Rambling Roses)

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