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This is variously described as a species climber or a rambler rose, but the difference in pruning techniques is irrelevant as 'Kiftsgate' is so rampant that pruning cannot restrain it, and most of the shrub will normally be out of reach. It is ideal for growing in very large trees or over large buildings, or as ground cover across large sloping banks of ground. The stems are a mass of blossom in July when the enormous cascading heads of small blooms appear, and in autumn the whole plant glitters with small, vivid amber hips. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: December to February
This is an amazing rose. I've grown all mine from seed - and yes you can because they are a species rose. They germinated really well, and once they got going, they really got going. They climb well, and honestly seem to co-operate with you in going exactly the way you want them to! If you point them in a certain direction, away they go! Some of mine are growing in shade, and it isn't bothering them at all. I recommend them highly.
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