Rambling roses put on a spectacular display in midsummer. They produce masses of mostly small- to medium sized flowers, borne in clusters, which are often followed by red or orange hips in the autumn.
Discover how to plant a rambling rose.
Most ramblers are very vigorous, which means they are ideal for covering unsightly buildlings, sheds, pergolas and walls. They can even be grown through a large tree, or used to support other climbers such as Clematis viticella. The less rampant varieties are good for growing up rose arches or up a trellis against a wall.
Here are some of the best rambling roses you can grow.
Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’
Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ is a stunning rose that bears masses of small, creamy white, musk-scented flowers in midsummer. They are followed by red, oval hips in autumn. A very vigorous rose that can grow very large.
Rosa ‘Wedding Day’
‘Wedding Day’ is a vigorous rambling rose that bears large clusters of scented, creamy white flowers with bright yellow stamens that age to pink. The stems are relatively thornless – useful if you’re planting it near a path.
Rosa ‘The Albrighton Rambler’
Unusually for a rambler, Rosa ‘The Albrighton Rambler’ repeat flowers well. It also has double flowers. Less vigorous than many ramblers, it’s ideal for smaller gardens.
Rosa ‘Rambling Rector’
‘Rambling Rector’ is a very vigorous rambler, bearing large clusters of scented, semi-double, creamy-white flowers all summer. These are followed by small red hips. It’s more tolerant of shade than many roses.
Rosa ‘Kew Rambler’
Rosa ‘Kew Rambler’ has masses of pink flowers with a white centre, resembling wild roses. The flowers, borne in trusses, have a strong, musk scent; these are followed by orange hips in autumn. It is more tolerant of shade than many roses.
Rosa ‘Super Fairy’
Rosa ‘Super Fairy’ is a gently rambling rose, bearing clusters of fully double, pink flowers. It’s less vigorous than many rambling roses, making it ideal for growing up an arch or trellis against a wall.
Rosa ‘Albertine’ is a very popular rambler that gives a lavish display of coppery pink, highly scented flowers in summer. It’s very vigorous variety and makes an excellent cut flower.
Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’
Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ flowers earlier than other ramblers, in April or May. It’s a vigorous, thornless rambler with small, glossy toothed leaves and hanging sprays of pale yellow, double flowers that have a light fragrance.
Rambling roses can be pruned after flowering. Find out how to prune a rambling rose.