The Different Types of Climbing Roses

More than just another flowering vine, a mature climbing rose can change the look of your entire landscape. The sight of an arbor or trellis loaded with fragrant rose blossoms is the defining feature of many cottage gardens and may even serve as a gathering spot for garden parties and other special events.

Most roses thrive in full sun, but some varieties bloom best when they receive a daily break from the hot summer sun. Since you're growing them for the flowers, this is not an area to compromise; make sure the rose you pick is well-suited to its location.

Explore these nine varieties of climbing roses that will also provide material for perfumed floral arrangements for many seasons to come. 

  • 01 of 09

    Danse De Feu

    Danse De Feu Rose
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    As a climbing floribunda rose, 'Danse De Feu' combines the hardiness of polyantha roses with the free-flowering nature of hybrid tea roses. Rather than the single flower per stem you see on many rose types, 'Danse De Feu' blooms in clusters, which means you can easily harvest several scarlet blossoms without lessening the display in your garden. 

    A moderate grower, you can expect 'Danse De Feu' to reach its maximum height of 13 feet in about five years. With regular fertilizing, this variety will reliably rebloom sporadically throughout the summer and into autumn. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 6 to 9
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
    • Soil Needs: Clay or loamy or sandy, moist, well-drained soil
  • 02 of 09

    Souvenir du Docteur Jamain

    Souvenir Du Docteur Jamain Rose
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    Ranging from deep burgundy to juicy plum, the old-fashioned blooms of this heirloom are rightly sought out by those who still value the merits of antique roses. Possessing the characteristic fragrance of many old roses, this plant not only tolerates some shade but requires it to keep the blossoms from browning in the hot summer sun. 

    This hybrid perpetual will bloom throughout the season but will deliver the best performance if you administer regular fungicidal treatments to keep black spot and mildew at bay. The 6-foot canes are easy to keep in check and are suitable for a small trellis, but you can even prune it into a shrub if desired. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 6 to 9
    • Sun Exposure: Part shade
    • Soil Needs: Loamy, well-drained soil
  • 03 of 09

    Fourth of July

    Fourth of July Rose
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    When 'Fourth of July' was introduced in 1999, its candy cane coloring, disease-resistance, and spicy scent caused a sensation. Why not pair this 10-foot large flowered climber with 'Heavenly Blue' morning glory on your trellis for a patriotic show? This rose is perfect for organic flower gardeners, as it never needs spraying. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 5 to 10
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Loamy, well-drained soil
  • 04 of 09


    Alchymist Rose
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     A very high petal count and a medley of sunrise hues make 'Alchymist' worth seeking out for larger gardens. Give this 20-foot climber plenty of room, perhaps on a pergola or trained across a long fence. The 1956 German introduction will bloom only once in your garden, but its strong fragrance will linger in your memory. Hardier than many climbing roses, this variety will survive winter temperatures down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 9
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained soil
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  • 05 of 09

    Clarence House

    Clarence House Rose
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    The creamy blooms of 'Clarence House' grow harmoniously with clematis 'Princess Diana' on a rustic pole. This modern climber was bred by English horticulturist Peter Beales and was given to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on August 4, 2000, to celebrate her 100th birthday. 

    Gardeners can expect a heavy flush of blooms in June, a period of rest in the hottest weeks of the summer, and repeat blooming when cooler fall weather arrives. 'Clarence House' grows well in many soil types, including acidic, alkaline, and heavy clay. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 5 to 9
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Clay or loamy, fertile, well-drained soil
  • 06 of 09

    May Queen

    May Queen Rose
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    As fluffy as your favorite peony, the pink flowers of 'May Queen' appear once a year in late spring, as the name suggests. This climber is vigorous enough to compete with tree roots, allowing you to grow it into the branches of your favorite tree where it will blend into the foliage when blooming is finished.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 5 to 9
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Rich, loamy, well-drained soil
  • 07 of 09

    Dublin Bay

    Dublin Bay Rose
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    When only clear red blooms will do, grow this 8-foot climber in a sunny spot. Blooming on both new and old wood, flowers will fill the canes from top to bottom. The semi-double flowers are lightly fragrant, and the dark green foliage is generally disease-free, unlike the similar 'Don Juan' variety.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 5 to 10
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained soil
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    Eden Rose
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    Although hybridized in 1997, this French repeat-bloomer more closely resembles an antique rose, due to its fully double and cupped blooms. Pastel pink, cream, and yellow blooms appear throughout the season, even in partially shaded gardens. In case you need more convincing, the American Rose Society awarded 'Eden' a score of 9.1, which places it in the top 1 percent category of outstanding roses.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 5 to 10
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Moist, loamy, well-drained soil
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  • 09 of 09

    Warm Welcome

    Warm Welcome Rose
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     Looking for a climbing rose that won't overwhelm your mailbox garden? 'Warm Welcome' is a miniature climber that offers reliable repeat blooming. Also good for containers on the patio garden, you may see this plant listed under the alternative name 'Chewizz.' If you prefer roses trained as standards (tree roses), this is a suitable variety.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 6 to 9
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Moist, loamy, well-drained