If you are looking for the perfect ornament to complement your garden, then climbing roses should be your perfect choice. Growing climbing roses is as simple as that of other species of rose plants. However, these should not be considered vines as they do not possess the same structure as the latter. Ranging from various species of small and large roses, growing these types of rose plants requires certain materials, maintenance, and care that may be a little bit different compared to growing non-climbing species of roses.
Remember that climbing roses are not like vines that can grow vertically without using any structure materials. Those who wish to grow climbing roses can opt for either trellises or arbors. Trellises are like lattice frames made from combined materials such as acrylic sheets, copper tubing, and stainless wires. They come in various configurations and designs depending on how you would like to grow your roses vertically.
On the other hand, if you wish to add a more dramatic appeal to your garden, you can opt for arbors instead of trellises. Arbors are a lot similar to arches and are usually made from metal, vinyl, and wood materials. Whatever structure you choose, make sure that you place them in your garden where there is enough sunlight every day. Growing climbing roses is just like growing other species of rose plants as they also require around six to seven hours of exposure to sunlight each day.
There are different varieties of climbing roses. In terms of height, some have a maximum growing height of up to 6 feet (1.83 meters) while others can reach a maximum of height of 30 feet (9.14 meters). This is the reason why you have to consider the height of the location where you wish to grow these plants, when growing climbing roses. You also have to check the quality of the vertical structure that you wish to use. Make sure that it can support the type of climbing roses you would like to grow.
Also consider the overall aesthetic appearance of your garden. You can choose between everblooming climbing roses, which are rose species that bloom all throughout the year, or those that only bloom once a year. There are also varieties of climbing roses that make large blooms, small blooms, and blooms in clusters.
You know that roses need pruning every once in a while. But climbing roses are a bit different. Though they require pruning, this process has to be done not as often as pruning non-climbing species of rose plants. Take note that if you are growing climbing roses, pruning is not advisable for about two years. Instead of allowing these roses to bloom, pruning them frequently leads to less blooms and poor growth. Even after three years of not pruning climbing roses, they will still continue to give you beautiful blooms. You can prune old or damaged canes at the base of the plant, but make sure that you avoid young canes as these will still grow onto your vertical structure.
Growing climbing roses require a little extra patience and hard work. Unlike ordinary rose species, climbing roses need time to become well-established. But once you see those beautiful blooms growing on your vertical structure, all of your hard work will be paid off.