These are distinct from most ramblers in that they tend to have larger booms, the ability to repeat flower and be of stouter growth. Climbing roses form a most useful group of plants, the stronger growing varieties are often seen covering walls, fences, arches and pergolas, whilst shorter varieties can be trained around poles and tripods to form ‘pillars’. A good short variety is pink Zepherine Drouhin, a recurrent favourite often seen as a scented focal point. Medium varieties are more versatile for example Etoile de Hollande can have many uses. Whilst a good tall variety is Cecile Brunner Climber often seen trained around door entrances.
All climbers require support and it is essential they are well tied to their structures. They are best trained horizontally at first to prevent any legginess and encourage a spreading habit.
Once established they are pruned by reducing side shoots to two or three buds of the main stem and tying in any new long growths in a horizontal fashion during September.