Frame your garden entrance with the romance, charm, and scents of an arbor cloaked in climbing roses.
An arbor sheathed in romantic, climbing roses adds allure to any entryway. We’ll share planting plans; stellar arbor examples in Portland, Oregon; variety recommendations; and expert tips for growing your own healthy and luxurious climbing roses.
Nostalgic and timeless, roseclad arbors, arches, and trellises bring to mind the English countryside’s secret gardens, where lush openings give way to verdant beauty and serenity within.
For rose-lovers Sue and Bob Low, having a garden filled with masses of roses isn’t just a daydream but a lovely complement to their historic English Tudor-style brick cottage in Portland, Oregon. Thanks to well-designed support structures, careful selection of disease-free cultivars appropriate to their USDA Zone 8b landscape, and regular pruning sessions, Sue and Bob enjoy a long season of bodacious blooms that cascade from two wrought-iron arbors.
Visitors often pose for selfies beneath the floral archways, while artist friends pull up a chair to sketch or paint the storybook scene. On one arbor, there’s Eden Climber rose (Rosa × ‘Meiviolin’), which displays large, delicately scented, double pink-cupped blooms. The other arbor supports a climbing Iceberg rose, with crisp, white clusters of nonstop blooms. Together, the climbers lend breathtaking beauty to the couple’s landscape. “We’ve created an English garden with beautiful climbing roses that we love,” Sue says. “Ours is a very walkable neighborhood, and we enjoy sharing our roses with neighbors who stroll by.”
ABOVE LEFT A brick pathway leads through an iron gate and beneath a rose-clad arbor, with perennials and Japanese maple trees on either side. The path leads to circa-1920s English Tudor-style architecture that serves as the backdrop for Sue and Bob Low’s garden. Their charming property sits on a tree-lined street in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, which was designed by famed landscape architect John Charles Olmsted. ABOVE RIGHT A second wrought-iron arbor and gate anchors the side garden, connecting a path with Sue and Bob’s secluded courtyard. Here, a lovely climbing Iceberg rose produces large clusters of dreamy white flowers.