Rambler roses (Rosa) are perfect for covering a large wall or pergola, or growing into the canopy of a large, established tree. Rambler roses are usually very vigorous and need strong support. They produce large clusters of usually small, and often fragrant flowers attractive to pollinators.
Rambler roses have sturdy arching stems carrying generous sprays of flowers. These are usually sweetly scented and most appear in one big flowering flush in early summer. Flowers are often small and single, although a few produce larger, double flowers. Some produce abundant colourful hips (fruits).
Rambler roses prefer well-drained, fertile soil. Many tolerate a degree of shade, although they’ll flower more abundantly in sun. Most are robust enough to withstand a windy site.
Rambler roses can struggle in waterlogged or poor, very dry soil. They will not flower well in deep shade.
Did you know?
The Chinese rambler rose, Rosa banksiae 'Lutea', with hanging sprays of small, double, primrose-yellow flowers, is thornless and blooms in early May, well before other Rambler roses. It just needs a warm, sunny, sheltered spot to do really well.
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