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Journal of a rose gardener 12/10/16

What is the difference between a climbing rose and a rambling rose? Climbing and rambling roses both have long stems which require support. Whilst ramblers are vigorous roses, and natural scramblers, climbers are less vigorous but more controllable, with stiff rather than scrambling growth. Climbers often have larger flowers than ramblers, which are single or in large clusters. Ramblers produce smaller flowers in sprays at the end of stems.

While traditionally climbers will repeat flower and ramblers will not, many new varieties of ramblers will repeat flower. Climbers are typically higher maintenance than ramblers but are more controllable. As such climbers are better suited to walls, trellises, arches, obelisks.

At Country Garden Roses we have a range of metal climbing supports, with obelisks starting at £24, arches at £160, and gazebos at £530 Ramblers are better over pergolas, trees and garages, where they can either be relatively easily pruned or allowed to run free. Newly planted climbing roses should not usually require pruning, only tying in. Established climbing roses can be pruned in the autumn.

Dead, diseased and damaged branches should be cut out first, followed by congested growth or crossing stems. New season’s growth should be tied in. In late winter or early spring, depending on temperature, side shoots should be cut back to 2 or 3 buds from the main stems, weak growth removed and any new growth tied in again. Rambling rose, unlike climbing roses, do not need pruning for vigour, but dead, diseased and damaged branches should still be removed, and excess growth should be taken back twice a year. Should you have any enquiries about climbers or ramblers being sold by the nursery, or even ones already planted at home, please don’t hesitate to pop into the shop and speak to Mary or Jack, who will be happy to advise.

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