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Growing into Trees - Climbing Roses

Climbing roses are one of the most versatile groups of roses available. With so many different variations in bloom type, size and colour, you can easily transform the wall of a house or dull and unsightly areas within your garden into something spectacular. Alternatively climbing roses can be used to make magnificent central displays when grown over obelisks, arches or trellises.

The majority of climbing roses are repeat flowering, guaranteeing colour throughout the summer and into early autumn, and often produce large shapely flowers. Ranging in height from 2.5 metres through to 6 metres, a climbing rose is ideal for any size garden and shorter climbers can even be grown in pots making them great for patios and smaller gardens. With varieties suitable for everything from north walls to growing in pots, you are also not limited to where you situate the rose, enabling you to transform areas within your garden that may have previously been thought unsuitable. To extend colour and interest we recommend planting Clematis alongside your climbing rose where they will complement each other and can be used to give an even longer period of enjoyment. Also, by choosing colours that complement each other an otherwise dull and lifeless area can be transformed into an eye-catching focal point. It is worth noting that climbers will take two to three years to become fully established. Winter pruning and training is key to getting the best from your climbers. As a general rule, first remove the ‘Three ‘D’s’ - damaged, diseased and dead wood. Then stagger your pruning by splitting the height of the plant into thirds, pruning approximately 30 percent of each third. Once complete, tie in the new growth as horizontally as possible. This will encourage flowering shoots to break from the base of the plant, which in turn, will reward you with beautiful flowers from the bottom right to the top of the plant the following year. Other than the normal husbandry tasks it is also a good idea to feed repeat flowering climbers with a granular slow release fertilizer after flowering. Along with dead heading this will encourage re-flowering.

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The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas

Plant Centre Development The Rosarium restaurant and new plant house at our Garden Centre in Attleborough, Norfolk were part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and officially opened May 2019