Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carriere'

Climbing rose

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour



Scented flowers, Thorns



Skill level


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Plant details

This is a noisette type, old fashioned, climbing rose. It has beautiful, pale pink to white, double flowers that are gloriously scented. The stems are slender and smooth, and the foliage is a pale green. A beautiful rose for the front wall of the house, where you can enjoy the fragrance every time you go in or out of the front door. For the first two years after planting, only cut out dead, diseased and damaged wood and train stems to horizontal wire supports. After that, prune the main shoots to fit the area, and reduce sideshoots to three or four buds. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it the Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rosa

Cultivar: Madame Alfred Carriere

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers, Thorns

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 300cm

Reader reviews


Our Mme Alf Carriere has been in for 7 years & is wonderful! It flowers from april - december.Very sprally & overgrows it's space every year (it grows through the guttering!) but doesn't mind being hacked down after Christmas. The perfume is unbelievable & the flowers are very pretty indeed.Do buy it.

Man of Kent

Hi, first time user here. This has been helpful as we bought and planted one back in the Autumn to cover a boring East facing fence.I notice the sun exposure says full sun but we did choose this one partly because it's meant to do well on even a North facing wall.That said it won't do too bad where it is for sunshine. Glad that the scent aspect is proven aswell as we have this near the patio for that reason. Great thanks.


I have had this rose in every garden and adore it. Tough, vigorous, free flowering and beautifully scented, it has it all. I have it outside the back door and the fragrance wafts inside. flowers from May-November and beyond if mild


This Rose was given to me as a birthday present and it does not disappoint! It is a vigorous climber and free-flowers on new growth from early summer to November. It appears to benefit from being pruned when the leaves are beginning to fall. I prune quite hard every winter, cutting back to a strong framework that is supported by two panels of lattice fencing five foot square. This year I am considering extending the fence because the rose has grown so vigorously, maybe the extra rainfall or rising water-table helped. The perfume is delicious, especially after rain and in the evening. An all round performer!


Probably the only rose you would ever need.
Glorious flowers, heavenly scented.

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