Modern Climbing Roses

Height of climbing roses is extremely variable, according to the conditions and cultivation.

Alberic Barbier Cream. Small flowers open semi-double from elegant buds. Glossy leaves stay on late in winter. One of the best to grow on a north or east wall, or in other difficult positions. Flowers in summer with a fair scattering again in autumn. Well above average height. Raised by Barbier (France) 1900.

Albertine Salmon and light rose. Attractive buds, the flowers pale as they open. A rose famous for its fantastic abundance of summer flower. Does not repeat in autumn. Some liability to mildew. Best allowed some freedom, that is by a tree stump, or over a shed or shelter, not tied to walls or posts. Well above average height. Raised by Barbier (France) 1921. Altisshno Bright crimson. Handbreadth single flowers, spectacular. Repeat flowering, and adaptable for most uses. Above average height. Raised by Delbard Chabert (France) 1967.

Bantry Bay Pink. Well-formed flowers, opening semi-double, pleasant colour. Repeat flowering and adaptable for most uses. Average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1967.

Modern Climbing Roses

Casino Deep yellow. Double flowers quite large and very well formed. One of the best for freedom of flower through the season, but is choosy about its position, and likes some warmth and shelter. A warm place on a wall would seem ideal. Average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1963.

Compassion Light salmon pink shaded apricot. Double flowers, well formed and very fragrant. Abundant dark foliage. Repeats well and is adaptable for most uses. Average height or more. Raised by Harkness (England) 1973.

Crimson Shower Deep crimson. A rambler, that is to say the shoots would be more or less prostrate unless tied up. Consequently ideal to tie to a post for a waterfall effect of bloom. Small flowers in close clusters, mid-July and August. Average height. Raised by Norman (England) 1951.

Danse des Sylphes Light red. Small flowers, not immediately impressive, but the plant is a useful one for difficult positions, and the later blooms are apt to flower when other climbers are off. Above average height. Raised by Mallerin (France) 1959.

Danse du Feu Scarlet. Double flowers, well formed, and very spectacular until the colour fades, at which stage it can scarcely be termed pleasing. Repeats its bloom exceptionally well, and is suitable for most uses. Average height. Raised by Mallerin (France) 1954.

Ena Harkness, Climbing Bright crimson. Best grown on a wall or fence; the large red flowers are likely to be even better than on the bush form. Some scattered repeat bloom. Average height. Raised by Murrell (England) 1954.

Etoile de Hollande, Climbing Deep crimson. Very fragrant; a fine red climber for the wall, but flowers early, and is not very generous in repeating. Above average

height, often after a slow start. Raised by Leenders (Holland) 1931.

Golden Showers Bright yellow. Attractive buds open semi-double, at times with very attractive spread of petals around stamens. Extremely free flowering, repeats like a bush, has good foliage. Can be grown as a shrub or trained on a smallish area of fence or wall. Below average height. Raised by Germain (USA) 1957. Handel Cream flushed rose particularly at petal edges. Handsome flowers. Very free flowering, repeats well, and could be regarded as the finest climber of all, but for some risk of blackspot. Average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1965.

Maigold Bronzy yellow. Rich colour, mealy scent, beautiful leaves; the stems are handsome, closely set with bristles. Quite an individual character, its rather untidily formed semi-double flowers are a riot in early summer, sparse later. Adaptable, easy to grow. Average height, but variable. Raised by Kordes (Germany) 1953.

Mermaid Light primrose. Great moonlike single flowers, with handsome amber stamens. Very continuous in bloom and holds its smooth cut foliage late in winter. Awkward to train because the shoots are brittle and thorns viciously hooked, nevertheless a wall is the place for it. May be killed in hardest winter. Above average height, after a slow start usually. Raised by Paul (England) 1918.

Morning Jewel Bright pink. The semi-double flowers and bright foliage make a delightful glowing plant. Repeats well and adaptable for most uses. Below average height. Raised by Cocker (Scotland) 1968. New Dawn Pearl pink. Very light colour; small flowers of admirable form and fragrant. Adaptable to most uses, can also be grown as a large shrub, and is best not too strictly confined. Useful cut flower for mixed arrangements. Repeats, but not generously. Average height. Raised by Somerset Nurseries (USA) 1930.

Parkdirektor Riggers Bright red. Semi-double flowers, not very large, show a brilliant deep colour against glossy dark leaves. Flowers in summer, with a scattering later. Adaptable for most uses. Above average height. Raised by Kordes (Germany) 1957.

Paul’s Scarlet Climber Brilliant scarlet. Has only a summer-flowering period, in which the semi-double, smallish flowers present a vivid sight. Adaptable to most uses, except walls, where mildew is likely. Average height or more. Raised by Paul (England) 1916.

Phyllis Bide Light yellow shaded pink.

Small double flowers with narrow petals are matched by small deep green leaves. Flowers in summer and autumn, generously. Not easy to get, as few nurseries grow it. Adaptable for most uses, especially good as a pillar. Below average height. Raised by Bide (England) 1923. Pink Perpetue Pink, with deeper reverse. Well-formed flowers, and plenty of them both in summer and autumn. Reliable and adaptable to most uses. Average height. Raised by Gregory (England) 1965.

Rosy Mantle Rose pink. Flowers of good size, double, fragrant. Adaptable to most uses and repeats well. Average height. Raised by Cocker (Scotland) 1968.

Sanders’ White Rambler White. Cascades of small double flowers, sweetly scented, shown well against small dark leaves. This flowers for several weeks in summer, and it is a beauty. Average height or more. Raised by Sanders (England) 1912.

Schoolgirl Apricot pink, towards orange. Large double flowers, well formed. Useful as the only climber in this colour. Flowering is usually intermittent through the season rather than in a spectacular flush. Adaptable to most uses. Average height or more. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1964.

Sympathie Crimson. Double flowers, small to medium size, in clusters. Good bright green foliage. Repeats well, and adaptable to most uses. Average height. Raised by Kordes (Germany) 1964.

Veikhenblau Greyish lilac pink. Perhaps the best of the climbers showing a touch of violet colour; small semi-double flowers, abundantly produced in summer only. Adaptable to most uses, but preferably not on a wall. Above average height. Raised by Schmidt (Germany) 1909.

White Cockade White. Well-formed double flowers, small to medium size. Repeats very well, adaptable to most uses. Can also be grown as a shrub. Below average height. Raised by Cocker (Scotland) 1969.

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