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Make the most of ver­ti­cal space with these fra­grant climbers

Adorn­ing trel­lises, per­go­las and obelisks, scented climbers are the ver­ti­cal won­ders of the gar­den

CLIMB­ING ROSES

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.

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