ON A HIGH
Make the most of vertical space with these fragrant climbers
Adorning trellises, pergolas and obelisks, scented climbers are the vertical wonders of the garden
The roses pictured here ‘Gold Bunny’ (yellow) and climbing ‘Iceberg’ (white), were trained over a pergola-covered walkway by landscaper Nicholas Spargo. Not all roses are perfumed. ‘Towering Rose Magic’ is a very fragrant tall climber and some scented David Austin roses such as ‘Graham Thomas’ will also climb if supported. Old roses like ‘Cécile Brünner’ become huge bushes.
Flowering time: Spring and summer with at least three more flushes before pruning in winter.
Position: Full and partial sun on a trellis, medium obelisk or pergola.
Plant: Plant any time of the year. Dig deep, wide holes for each plant, at least 1m². Fill with good top soil, lots of compost and peanut shells so that the roots receive enough oxygen.
Size: The mature height can be between 3–10m. Ramblers produce very long canes, but some only flower in spring.
Water needs: Water deeply once or twice a week.
Frost tolerance: Can take severe frost. Plants become dormant in winter after pruning.