10 Beautiful, Easy-to-Grow Climbing Roses for Your Garden

Plus, tips on growing and training these disease-resistant climbers to adorn a trellis or wall with spectacular color all season long.

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'Highwire Flyer'

If you love vibrant color, 'Highwire Flyer' deserves a spot in your garden. This climbing rose, introduced in 2018, bears hot-pink blooms almost nonstop. The flowers are lush and full, and the dark-green foliage is highly resistant to black spot, rust and mildew. Suitable for USDA Zones 9-11, the plants will top out around 6' tall.

Tip: Most roses need full sun and well-drained soil. For best results and abundant blooms, choose varieties recommended for your hardiness zone.

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'Tangerine Skies'

Think of the sky at sunset. 'Tangerine Skies' bears big, 4" blooms in that brilliant orange shade. This climber flowers early in the season and again, more lightly, until frost. It's disease-resistant, growing to 8' tall in Zones 5-9.

Tip: Use your climbing roses as a backdrop for shorter annuals and perennials in your garden or landscape.

'Zephirine Drouhin'

Bourbon roses are very fragrant varieties that bloom for a long period of time, and 'Zephirine Drouhin' is one of the most popular. Its raspberry-scented flowers are cerise pink, held on nearly thornless canes. Hardy in Zones 5-9, the plants can climb 10'-15' tall. They grow best in full sun but will flower in open shade.

Tip: Train your climbing roses on a trellis or fence, or on a freestanding support at least 3" away from a wall. They need good air circulation to help prevent diseases.

'Lady of Shalott'

Gorgeous 'Lady of Shalott' is one of the most reliable climbing roses; it's offered by English rose breeder David Austin. Suitable for Zones 5-10, it bears handfuls of apricot-yellow flowers, each of which can have up to 60 petals. This variety tolerates poor soil and climbs to 8' tall.

Tip: Deadhead (remove faded flowers) regularly to encourage more blooms. Stop deadheading in the fall and let rose hips form, so the rose will go dormant for the winter.

'Cecile Brunner'

Also known as the Sweetheart Rose, 'Cecile Brunner' was a favorite of Victorian gentlemen, who would snip its small buds to wear in their lapels. Today, this lovely climbing rose is often grown on arches and trellises. Use it in full sun to part shade; it's hardy in Zones 4-9. It's a disease-resistant beauty that climbs to 10' tall and 3'-6' wide.

Tip: Fertilize your climbing roses in early spring, about a month before new growth appears. Stop feeding them about six weeks before you expect the first frost.

'Don Juan'

'Don Juan' is one of our favorite red roses. Its highly fragrant, semi-double flowers look velvety-soft, and they're backed by glossy, dark green leaves. This variety climbs to 12' tall and grows up to 5' wide in Zones 6-9. It tolerates humid conditions as well as cool, dry weather.

Tip: Most climbers need pruning only once a year after they're established, but you can snip them to shape them throughout the growing season.

'Gertrude Jekyll'

'Gertrude Jekyll' is another English rose from breeder David Austin. It has a rich, old rose perfume and pink, rosette-shaped blooms that can have up to 80 petals each. The plants have good disease resistance. Recommended for Zones 4-8, it climbs to 8' tall.

Tip: As long as the ground isn't frozen, you can plant dormant, bare root roses from winter to early spring. That will help them get established before the hot summer temperatures arrive.


Hardy in Zones 5-9, 'Eden' was once voted the "World's Best Rose" by the World Federation of Rose Societies. Its very full blooms are pink and creamy white and delicately scented. This climber has glossy, dark green foliage and tops out at 6'-12' tall.

Tip: If pests show up on your climbing roses, treat them first with insecticidal soap. Pesticides can kill helpful bees, butterflies and other creatures. If organics don't work, ask your extension service agent or check with your local nursery or garden center for advice.

'Florentina' Arborose

'Florentina' is a good choice for small spaces. This climbing rose reaches 7' tall and 3' wide. It's easy to grow, forming clusters of bright red, unscented flowers all season. Use it to add color to an area or to help screen an unwanted view. It's hardy in Zones 5-9.

Tip: Roses can adapt to many kinds of soil, but give them a boost by planting them in rich, loamy soil amended with compost, peat moss or other organic matter.

'Quicksilver' Arborose

You can fill your vases with the double, lavender blooms from 'Quicksilver'. This vigorous climber is compact, growing to 7' tall and 4' wide, and has a light perfume. It reblooms throughout the growing season, with leathery, dark leaves that show good resistance to diseases. The plants are hardy in Zones 5-9.

Tip: Climbing roses don't twine and they can't attach themselves to anything. You'll need to weave them through openings in a fence, trellis or other support or loosely tie them.

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