Top 10 Best Climbing Roses For Your Garden

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Top 10 Best Climbing Roses For Your Garden

Top 10 Best Climbing Roses For Your Garden

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We reveal 10 of our favourite climbing roses, 6 of which will grow in semi-shady spots of the garden

If you are looking for the best climbing rose, that will climb over a beautiful arching pergola, or simply looking for a rose to cover a wall then you might want to consider one of the following roses. With hundreds of climbing roses available it can be a little daunting when trying to find a rose that will grow well in your chosen location.

What to consider when choosing and planting a climbing rose

zephirine droughin best climbing rose

Source: Wikipedia – Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose

  • Most roses prefer a lot of sun, in most cases, they need around 5-6 hours of sun to grow to their full potential, but there are varieties that will grow well on a north facing wall or in light shade. If you are looking for a climbing rose for a north facing wall consider a variety that has proven to grow well in such a position such as the ‘Zephirine Drouhin’.
  • Most roses suffer from rust, mildew and blackspot, so look for varieties that have a good disease resistance such as the ‘Golden Showers’. It is also a good idea to spray with a fungicide on a regular basis (during the growing season) such as rose clear to help prevent diseases. Remember prevention is better than cure.
  • If you are planting your rose against a wall or fence, the soil next to the wall is usually dry, so it is recommended that you plant your rose 30cm (12″) away from the wall and plant it angled towards the wall so that you are not planting it into dry soil.
  • Roses are hungry plants and need lots of feed, add well-rotted manure to the soil and rose fertilizer when planting to help give the rose the best possible start.
  • No roses like having wet feet, if your soil is NOT well-drained they are unlikely to thrive. Try adding gravel to the soil to improve drainage and if the soil is clay, add peat or well-rotted compost to break up the clay.

To stand a chance of getting a spectacular rose, the points above need to be taken into consideration. You can choose the most disease resistant, shading loving, healthy rose you can find. But if you don’t plant and care for it correctly it will never flourish successfully.

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Best climbing roses to consider

Our top 10 roses have been carefully chosen for their good disease resistance, fragrance and vibrant colours. We consider there to be the 3 main points that make a rose ‘one the best climbing roses’.


Rosa Climbing Rose 'ALOHA' Plant


This climbing rose produces pink flowers from June to October giving it a long flowering season. It is also known for its strong scent and very good disease resistance. For all these reasons it makes it onto our best climbing rose list. This rose does require full sun so is not recommended for planting on a north facing wall.

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Blue Moon

BLUE MOON climbing rose

This rose is also available as a hybrid tea as well as a climber and produces large blue/purple flowers and has average disease resistance and flowers from June to September. This is a fast growing nearly thornless rose and grows to around 300cm.

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COMPASSION - 5.5lt Potted Climbing Garden Rose - Salmon Pink/Apricot Blend, Fragrant, Repeat Flowering


This beautiful stunning rose produces apricot flowers from July and into September and has average disease resistance and a strong scent.

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Ena Harkness

Climbing Rose Rose 'Ena Harkness' in a 3.5 litre Pot

This vigorous rose produces strongly scented bright crimson red flowers and is disease resistant and grows to around 450cm.

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Rosa Climbing Rose 'HANDEL' Plant


This scented rose produces a white flower with a cream edge and is a vigorous rose which is repeat flowering and has good disease resistance. This rose grows to around 350cm.

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Madame Alfred Carriere

This virtually thornless rose produces fragrant blooms of creamy white flowers from July to September and sometimes into October. This rose does have good disease resistance.

Madame Gregorie Staechelin

Madame Alfred carriere

This rose flowers from June – July so does not flower for as long as some of the other roses on our list but it does produce the most amazing large pink flowers that are around 5″ wide and grows to around 500cm tall giving it good coverage and has average disease resistance.

Penny Lane

Penny Lane - 5.5lt Potted Climbing Rose - Pink to Champagne/Apricot Tones

Another pink rose to make it onto our list, its good disease resistance combined with its strong scent make it a good choice. Flowers from June through to October and grows to around 360cm tall.


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School Girl


This scented rose produces fragrant apricot-orange flowers from June – September and has good disease resistance.

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Zephirine Drouhin

ZEPHIRINE DROUHIN - 5.5lt Potted Climbing Garden Rose - Fragrant, Deep Pink, Repeat Flowering Blooms - Thornless

This is another thornless rose that could not be left off our list. This strongly scented rose produces dark pink flowers from June to September and is ideal for climbing next to doors and over pergolas.

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If you are looking for the best rose for a north facing wall or shady spot then we recommend one of the following varieties:

  1. Zephirine Droughin
  2. Madame Alfred Carriere
  3. Golden Showers
  4. Iceberg
  5. Danse de Feu
  6. New Dawn

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The above roses are ideally suited for more shady spots of the garden but to learn more about them, please read our article ‘Top 8 Roses for shade & North facing walls

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Response to "Top 10 Best Climbing Roses For Your Garden"

  • Can i grow climbing roses in pots ? I have two in the ground already and they only seem to flower at the top and have woody stems . What am i doing wrong ? I want some that flower top to bottom .

  • Hello, you can grow roses in pots but this is not why you only have flowers at the top. Roses mostly flower on new growth so if the stems below are very woody it will probably flower poorly as you describe. Ideally, you want to prune roses every year to keep them within a structure or framework. You could cut them right back but this may be a little drastic, what I would do is presuming there are two or three main structural stems, to cut the oldest, brownest, most gnarled and least productive one down to ground level this winter, remove or rationalise some of the rest, but leave the youngest of the old growth in situ and prune it as you do normally.

    Hope this helps.

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