Climbing roses are beautiful, long-lived and often fragranced plants that can be grown up or over walls, fences, arches, obelisks and more.
For a classic look, try growing several varieties of climbing rose together – gather ideas from the rose gardens at places like Alnwick Garden and Hever Castle. If your climbing rose is scented, boost the aromas by growing plants like jasmine, lavender, phlox and sweet rocket.
There are a huge number of climbing roses to choose from, so take your time when picking. For more detailed growing advice on climbing roses, check out our climbing roses grow guide.
Discover some of our favourite climbing roses to grow, below.
Rosa ‘Pippin’ has medium-sized double blooms that are a lovely warm pink colour, with just a hint of orange on the petals. Repeat-flowering. The flowers have a sweet fragrance, so this variety is ideal for growing next to seating areas where the scent can be appreciated.
Peachy-pink, double blooms of climbing rose ‘Pippin’
Rosa ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’
The blooms of ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ are an intense shade of red. The flowers have little fragrance but they’re semi-double, so are more easily accessed by pollinators. Repeat-flowering. Consider this variety for a north-facing wall, as it’s more tolerant of shade. Discover more plants for a north-facing wall.
Semi-double, intense red blooms of climbing rose ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’
Rosa ‘Claire Austin’
‘Claire Austin’ is a popular variety with luxurious, cream blooms. The flowers have a strong fragrance that are said to smell like vanilla and myrrh. It’s repeat-flowering and is particularly disease-resistant.
Double, cream blooms of climbing rose ‘Claire Austin’
The salmon-pink flowers of ‘Compassion’ are flushed with a warm apricot colour at their centre. This repeat-flowering variety has a strong, sweet fragrance and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Apricot and salmon-pink blooms of climbing rose ‘Compassion’
Rosa ‘Climbing Iceberg’
If you’re after pure white blooms, take a look at ‘Climbing Iceberg’. The lightly scented flowers have the look of a double flower, while being accessible to pollinators. Vigorous and repeat-flowering. Holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
White blooms of rose ‘Climbing Iceberg’
Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’
Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad‘ is a versatile variety that can be grown as a shrub or a short climbing rose, if supported. The pale pink rosettes are large and gently scented. Almost thornless, so is easier to prune and tie-in. Repeat-flowering, it also holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Pale-pink blooms of rose ‘A Shropshire Lad’
Rosa ‘Wollerton Old Hall’
‘Wollerton Old Hall’ has rounded, pastel-orange blooms that are almost peony-like in their appearance. Plant next to seating areas or near the house to appreciate the powerful fragrance. Repeat-flowering.
Pastel-orange blooms of climbing rose ‘Wollerton Old Hall’
Rosa ‘Constance Spry’
‘Constance Spry’ is a vigorous rose with an arching growth habit, so it makes an ideal climbing rose. The large rose-pink blooms have a rich myrrh aroma. This variety holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Pink blooms of climbing rose ‘Constance Spry’
Rosa ‘Crown Princess Margareta’
Rosa ‘Crown Princess Margareta’ has mid-orange rosettes, packed with ruffled blooms. Repeat-flowering, highly fragrant and grows well in partial shade. This variety combines particularly well with purple flowers.
Mid-orange, ruffled blooms of rose ‘Crown Princess Margareta’
Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’
A strong, disease-resistant variety, ‘The Generous Gardener’ is ideal for growing over arches and pergolas. The pale pink rosettes are strongly scented and attractively-shaped. Repeat-flowering, it also holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Pale-pink blooms of climbing rose ‘The Generous Gardener’
Propagating climbing roses
Climbing roses and other roses can be propagated by either hardwood cuttings or semi-ripe cuttings. Hardwood cuttings are taken in autumn and winter while semi-ripe cuttings are taken in late summer.