DE­SIGN NOTEBOOK

Frame your gar­den en­trance with the ro­mance, charm, and scents of an ar­bor cloaked in climb­ing roses.

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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.

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