The Rambling Rose for Your Home & Garden
Thursday May 28, 2020

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“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

A cottage is not a proper English cottage without a rose or two or many (but that might just reveal I have watched and read far too many British cosy films and stories ;)) , so when I decided to cultivate the aesthetic of a cottage, especially in my garden, I knew I wanted to welcome roses into it. From shrub to climbing to . . . were there more varietals? – where should they go? Lovely dilemmas and quandaries to ponder.

And then I learned about the rambling rose. The rambling rose is well, rambling, and grows far taller/longer than a climbing rose producing an abundance of roses and is often wonderfully fragrant which is lovely for us humans but also for the pollinators. (for comparison, a climber grows between 7-10 feet, while a rambler can grow 12-15 feet) It used to be that rambling roses would produce many roses on one stem but only once a year; however, now rambling roses can be found that will produce roses continually throughout the summer.

Perfect for the front of a house, over a pergola, along and around the porch or any space you want to cover with roses, the rambling rose is one to know and distinquish from its cousin, but not twin, the climber. Rambling roses have more malleable branches that you can bend and twist to where you need or want them to go, and also often produce an abundance of wonderful reships.

As you can see above on interior designer Joanna Woods’ Cotswold home seen in House & Garden UK, ramblers can be trained and grow very well. Mixed with other climbing vines, such as the clematis on the front of her home, the rambler produces rose buds on new growth each year. Consequently, after each summer, you will want to remove the stems (in early spring) that have grown that are not needed or growing where you do not want them to grow as from them, the new stems will sprout and then produce roses in the coming summer. This is to say that ramblers grow well.

I have chosen David Austin’s rambling roses as they offer ramblers that can produce multiple blooms throughout a summer. If you follow Sharon Santoni, you know she also have a rambling rose from David Austin on her side building which is stunning.

I have hand-picked a few ramblers below – most are from David Austin, but I have also selected a few from the other two companies listed below that sell ramblers (often companies only sell shrubs and climbers). Many are still available, but even if they do not have what you want now, planning ahead will be beneficial as the varietals will become available again in the fall and will be available to plant before winter giving them a first root system for the coming spring and summer.

Where to find Rambling Roses:

Crimson Shower, rambling rose

R. Filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ rambler, recommended by Gardner’s World UK

“Thorns do not keep a rose from blooming, neither should obstacles keep you from success.” 
― Matshona Dhliwayo

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7 thoughts on “The Rambling Rose for Your Home & Garden

  1. I would love to hear your favorite tips for keeping your roses happy and healthy. I have 2 rose bushes currently and last year they were ruined by all sorts of pests. I still love them though and will keep trying…

    1. Aline, I will happily share what I discover. I am just getting started with my rose garden, but I am going to be feeding them twice a summer with David Austin’s rose food. One of my readers shared last year that they use Neems spray which is an organic treatment for keeping away aphids and pests from roses.

    1. Depending upon the composition of your house or wall, I am using wooden beams that poke out of my ceiling and front of the house (much like a pergola). If you have wood siding, you can connect wires on either side of the face of the house (so into the wood corners of the house), using a metal eye) and run the wire across (the same for stone).

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