Climber And Rambler Roses
part 3

'Handel' Roses

Introduced - 1965

This rose bears cream hued double blooms with rosy pink edges. ‘Handel’ produces well-formed spiralled buds that unfurl into cup-shaped or high-centered blooms having a light scent. Each flower of this rose measures 3 ½ inches across and the blooms appear in profusion in the beginning of summer and repeat reliably all through until fall.

When the weather is hot it intensifies the pink color of the flowers and also increases their size. The foliage of ‘Handel’ is olive green and shiny.

‘Handel’ rose has an upright habit and is a popular as a climber for growing on walls, pillars, fences and structures owing to its ability to flower copiously as well as the unusual color of the flowers. This rose has the ability to endure light shade. However, it is susceptible to black spot.

'Henry Kelsey' Roses

Introduced - 1984

This is an exceptionally tough climber that descends from Agriculture Canada's explorer series. 'Henry Kelsey’ blooms profusely in early summer. The radiant red, semi-double flowers appear in clusters and have very flashy golden hued stamens.

The flowers have a spicy fragrance. Following a brief faltering in July, this rose is back with a potent showing towards the end of summer and remains in bloom until the beginning of fall. ‘Henry Kelsey’ rose has shown some vulnerability to black spot.

Aside from this, this rose is rather resistant to diseases. If you provide this rose with plenty of room to grow and allow it to sprawl, it can be grown as an arching shrub. However, this rose is usually grown as a climber on a trellis or split-rail fence.

'Joseph's Coat' Roses

Introduced - 1964

‘Joseph’s Coat’ bears clusters of double blooms, which create an astounding riot of colors - pinks, oranges, yellows and reds all existing simultaneously. The orange and red tones of the flowers actually become more outstanding in autumn.

This rose produces urn-shaped buds and, different from many other climber roses, they are borne on new shoots. The flowers are cup-shaped and have a light fragrance. Each flower of ‘Joseph’s Coat’ measures about 3 inches across.

The leaves have a dark green color and are glossy, while the canes produce numerous thorns. The plants of this rose are tall and have an upright habit. You may train this rose as a climber to grow on a fence, trellis, and pillar.

Since ‘Joseph’s Coat’ is not a very vigorous plant you may allow it to grow in the form of a loose, self-supporting shrub. This rose is rather tender and susceptible to powdery mildew.

'Martin Frobisher' Roses

Introduced - 1968

‘Martin Frobisher’ is among the first of the Canadian explorer roses and it has its origin partially in the central Asian rose species Rosa rugosa. Therefore, often ‘Martin Frobisher’ rose is classified as a hybrid rugosa. Irrespective of how you classify this rose, it possesses the vigor as well as immunity to cold – two main characteristics of its parents.

However, this rose may display some vulnerability to rust and black spot. Despite these, ‘Martin Frobisher’ is generally considered a strong plant. ‘Martin Frobisher’ rose has an upright habit and bears double flowers with soft pink rosette hue.

The plants are in bloom for a long period as their growing season is rather lengthy. From the technical point of view, this rose is a shrub. Nevertheless, the slender as well as upright habit of the plants helps you to train the plant to grow along a pillar or fence.

'May Queen' Roses

Introduced - 1898

‘May Queen’ rose is a rambler that bears copious double, quartered pink blooms having a fruit scent. Initially, the flowers open flat. Each flower of this rose variety measures about 2 inches across. Occasionally, the plants re-bloom, something atypical for any rambler. The plants usually grow up to 25 feet. You may allow the ‘May Queen’ plants to climb or even grow them as shrubs.

'Mermaid' Roses

Introduced - 1918

‘Mermaid’ rose serves as a floral white-out. If you grow this rose close to an ugly shed or unsightly fence and step back, you will be able to enjoy its beauty. This rose takes about a couple of years to be established, but once it is established it will grow at an overwhelming speed burying the eyesore.

This is especially true when this rose is grown in places having warmer climatic conditions. The canary yellow flowers are very large, measuring about 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter. The golden stamens of this rose are very showy and they continue to be eye-catching even after the petals wither.

‘Mermaid’ rose plants produce remarkable thorns, making them a effectual barrier. At the same time, the thorns make pruning the plants a difficult job. Ideally, you should plant ‘Mermaid’ rose in a site where it will be able to wander at its will.

'Minnehaha' Roses

Introduced - 1905

‘Minnehaha’ rose is a rambler that bears small, semi-double blooms that are somewhat fragrant. The flowers are flat and their pale pink color fades to white as they mature. The flowers appear in large clusters but bloom only once every year.

Each flower of this rose measures about 1 inch to 2 inches across, while the plants grow up to a height of anything between 15 feet and 20 feet. The leaves are small, dark green and glossy.

'New Dawn' Roses

Introduced - 1930

When ‘New Dawn’ was introduced to the market, this rose was considered to be very special. In fact, this rose was considered so exceptional that it received the first ever plant patent from the U.S. government. This is an ever blooming offspring of an ironclad, old rambler known as ‘Dr. W. Van Fleet’.

This offspring has the same hardiness of its parent. ‘New Dawn’ bears semi-double, cup-shaped, pearl pink hued flowers whose color fades to rose-cream. This rose reveals its radiant gold stamens when the blooms open fully.

You may maintain this rose in the form of an open, arching shrub, but its exceptionally vigorous growth may be an impediment unless you trim it properly.

Generally, ‘New Dawn’ rose is grown in the form of a climber and it is particularly striking when you train this rose to grow up onto a tree and let it flow back downwards. Since this rose is able to endure less than perfect conditions, it is an excellent choice for growing in problematic sites.

'Paul's Scarlet Climber' Roses

Introduced - 1916

The flowers of ‘Paul’s Scarlet Climber’ bear close resemblance to the blooms of ‘Blaze’, which is the offspring of the former. Different from ‘Blaze’, the flowers of ‘Paul’s Scarlet Climber’ rarely repeat its bloom. The radiant scarlet hued flowers of this variety appear in large clusters and are decorative, semi-double with a light fragrance.

Each flower of this rose measures 2 inches to 3 inches across. The plants are quite tall, usually growing up to a height of anything between 15 feet and 20 feet. In addition, the plants of ‘Paul’s Scarlet Climber’ are somewhat winter hardy. The foliage is dark green, shiny and capable of resisting diseases.

'Pelé' Roses

Introduced - 1979

From the technical point of view, 'Pelé' is a climbing hybrid tea, which does not have a bush counterpart. This climber bears double white blooms that are borne is sprays all through the growing season. Each flower of 'Pelé' measures about 4 inches across and is composed of 35 petals. The flowers are richly fragrant.

The canes have an upright habit and grow up to a height of 10 feet. The green, triangular foliage of this rose covers the entire plant. The canes produce hooked thorns and one needs to be careful if they come near the plants. As the name suggests, this rose has been named after the renowned soccer player Pelé.

'Pink Pillar' Roses

Introduced - 1940

‘Pink Pillar’ rose is a ramble whose flowers have a distinct citrus scent. ‘Pink Pillar’ produces dark pink buds that unfurl into 2-inch blooms having anything between 16 and 20 petals. The flowers have a blend of pink, orange and coral and last for a long period.

The plants repeat bloom continuously. The edges of the petals of this variety are scalloped and the flowers appear in small clusters. The plants grow up to a height of 7 feet to 8 feet and are exceptionally winter hardy.

'Piñata' Roses

Introduced - 1978

The flowers of 'Piñata' bear close resemblance to the blooms of ‘Joseph’s Coat’. Both varieties bear yellow blooms disseminated with orange and red, but the flowers of 'Piñata' are comparatively larger. Each flower of this variety measures 3 inches to 4 inches across and is composed of 28 petals.

The buds unfurl into fragrant, high-centered flowers. The plants repeat blooms quite dependably and they are also tough to stand independently as shrubs. The canes are extremely stiff and, hence, it is difficult to train them to grow on a fence. However, you may grow the plants on any pillar to a height of about 8 feet.

'Prairie Dawn' Roses

Introduced - 1959

'Prairie Dawn' is among the prairie roses that were bred at the Manitoba-based Morden Research Station. This rose is a tall, exceptionally hardy shrub and it went through little damage even when grown in places having near-Arctic winters, such as the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

However, this rose has shown some vulnerability to leaf spot and black spot during trials at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. This apart, ‘Prairie Dawn’ is generally considered a healthy rose. The flowers of ‘Prairie Dawn’ rose are semi-double and have a bright pink hue.

This rose repeat blooms in flushes all through its growing season. The blooms of this rose have a moderate size, measuring about 3 inches (7.6 cm) across and they have a modest fragrance. In fact, this rose is a wonderful city shrub, which you can grow as a fence or on a wall. In fact, many other roses would dies when grown in such sites.