Much like sweet peas, climbing roses can be trained to grow in a way that transforms even the dullest expansive wall or fence into a stunning feature. Training involves tying roses to a sturdy structure, such as a wire, fence or arch, to guide the direction of growth.
Spring is a good time to start training climbing roses, as they will still be waking up after the winter and preparing to grow again (as during the winter they are dormant). Not only does training give you greater control over how your roses grow, but it also encourages better flowering, as when the stems bend and twist, the flow of sap slows down, allowing lots of new shoots to form.
If you don’t currently have any climbing roses in your garden, and you want to plant some, then the type you go for will often be down to personal taste – but we think Icebergs, Hardwells, or Beadevils are attractive options.
It’s important not to plant roses if the ground is frozen or waterlogged, and to give them some time to become established before training begins. It’s usually easy to tell when your roses have become established, because they’ll start to show signs of growth.
Training your roses is quite straightforward, though you will need to decide what sort of structure you want to use to train them – and you’ll need to be patient!
To find out more about how to train your roses, have a read of this guide from Jacksons Nurseries, or check out the video below.