TAKE YOUR PICK
Choosing a rose with genetic resistance to fungal diseases will make your life easier. Fortunately, some of the best climbing roses offer fragrance, disease resistance, and masses of blooms. Here are some recommended by Portland Nursery (portlandnursery.com), one of Sue and Bob Low’s neighborhood favorites, that not only do well in Portland’s Zone 9 climate but also survive cold winters down to Zone 5:
Cloud 10 (Rosa ‘Radclean’) This pure white climber blooms heavily in the spring and will rebloom throughout the season. It has exceptionally clean foliage, and its blooms produce a high petal count. This rose is winter-hardy to Zone 5 and is favored in humid and moist areas troubled by black spot.
Polka (Rosa ‘Meitosier’) A vigorous climber, this rose combines the character of an old garden rose with excellent features: repeat flowering, disease tolerance, and winter hardiness. The apricot petals turn peach during warmer weather, while the fragrance is reminiscent of spices and pepper.
Autumn Sunset This climber produces apricot-gold flower clusters that are fruity in fragrance. The glossy, dark green foliage is especially disease-resistant. This rose is winter-hardy for Midwest and East Coast gardens.
Eden Climber (Rosa × ‘Meiviolin’) Admired for its large, fragrant, multipetal pink blooms, this rose is winter-hardy and disease-resistant. It’s a good choice for covering arches, walls, and fences.
Climbing Iceberg Mildly honey-scented and known to bloom over a long season, this is the climbing version of the highly popular Iceberg rose.
Colette (Rosa ‘Meiroupis’) Valued for its soft pink, scented blooms, Colette also has lush green, disease-resistant foliage.