The Top 10 Climbing Roses You Should Plant Now

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Doorway covered with pink rose flowers. Darrell Gulin/Getty Images

Roses are pruned into shrubs and trees or grown in containers—any way to savor their beauty and heavenly scent. While some enthusiasts love a manicured rose garden, others favor the freedom and vigorous growth habit and appearance of climbing roses.

Beautiful Climbers

Climbers can be trained to climb up and over gazebostrellises, and arbors, softening the appearance of an otherwise plain wood or metal structure. Privacy at home means more to us than ever before. In stressful times, home is a refuge, and privacy provides a chance to relax alone or with those we care about. Seclusion via a privacy fence or screen gives us a safe retreat from the world outside our boundaries.

A vining or climbing rose also serves as a focal point for your yard, and is something you'll enjoy looking at when you escape into your backyard. There are so many different varieties of climbing roses, and below are a few of our favorites.

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    Red 'Altissimo' climbing rose. Flickr member F.D. Richards

    Type: Floribunda
    Size and Form: Clusters of small buds open to stunning single flowers that are velvety bright red with central clusters of showy yellow stamens. Leaves are glossy and contribute to the rose's brilliance.
    Color: Red
    : Mild, clove fragrance
    USDA zones 5 to 10
    Height: 7 to 20 feet (215 to 455 cm) Width: 5 to 8 feet (245 cm)

    Train Altissimo as a small climbing rose or pillar climber. It can also be shaped into a tall shrub.

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    American Beauty

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    Hybrid Tea Rose 'Miss All American Beauty'; Bush Pasture Park Rose Garden, Salem, Oregon. Bush Pasture Park Rose Garden, Salem, Oregon

     American Beauty
    Type: Hybrid Wichurana
    Size: large
    Color: deep pink
    Scent: strong
    USDA zones: 5b to 9b
    Height: 12 to 15 feet (365 to 455 cm)

    A deep, cupped dark pink rose that is hardy and tolerates shade. Ideal for training on walls or trellises.

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    Cécile Brunner

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    Cecile Bruner climbing rose. T.Kiya from Japan/Wiki Commons

    Cécile Brunner
    Type: Tea
    Color: Light pink
    USDA zones:  6 to 10
    Size: Lovely, small blooms
    Height: 20 to 25 feet (610 to 915 cm) Width: 10 to 20 feet; (305 to 610 cm)
    Scent:  sweet, spicy, tea-like.

    Cécile Brunner is a rampant climbing rose that can reach 20 feet. From beautifully shaped buds form petite clusters of blush-pink flowers.

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    Dublin Bay

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    Floribunda climbing rose, 'Dublin Bay'. Huhu/Wiki Commons

    Dublin Bay
    Type: Floribunda
    Size: Medium to Large
    Color: Red
    Scent: Mild, fruity
    USDA zones: 6b to 9b
    Height: 8 to 12 feet (245 to 365 cm). Width: up to 5 feet (150 cm) 

    This sun lover produces rich, velvety red flowers that are fully double and have dark, glossy green leaves.

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    Fourth of July

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    Climbing rose, 'Fourth of July'. Captain Tucker/Wiki Commons

    Fourth of July
    Size and Form: Large, semi-double cluster flowers
    USDA zones 6a through 9b
    Color: Red blend with stripes
    Scent: Fresh-cut apple and sweet rose
    Size: 12 to 14 feet high

    Fourth of July is a large-flowered climber that produces profuse clusters of semi-double blooms that are red and white striped. They have a sweet scent and are repeat bloomers.

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    White 'Iceberg' climbing roses. T.Kiya/Getty Images

    Type: Floribunda
    Size and Form: Full, ruffled blossoms on a rampant, far-reaching climber. In proportion to its extra-large flowers.
    Color: White; white blend
    Scent: Mild to none
    Bloom size: Semi-double to double; medium to large
    USDA zones: 4b to 9b
    Height: 8 to 15 feet

    Many groups and rosarians hail Iceberg as the finest climbing rose, without question. Iceberg grows vigorously up to about 15 feet, with profuse flowering and repeat blooms

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    Peace climbing rose. KJRSeattle/Wiki Commons

    Type: Hybrid tea
    Color: Yellow and pink blend
    Size and Form: Full, ruffled blossoms on a rampant, far-reaching climber. In proportion to its extra-large flowers
    Scent: Fruity
    USDA: 6b through 9b
    Height: 6 to 20 feet (185 to 610 cm)

    Believed to be the most widely grown rose in the world, Peace roses have canes that can reach 20 feet or more. This climber works really well on a fence or large wall. 

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    Royal Sunset

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    'Royal Sunset' climbing rose. Flickr member Ryan Somma

    Royal Sunset
    Type: Hybrid Tea
    Size: Shapely, large blooms
    Color: Apricot; apricot blend; orange blend
    Scent: Fruity
    USDA zones: 6 to 10
    Height: up to 8 feet (245 to 455 cm) spread: 5-6 feet

    Royal Sunset features dark, bronzy-green, glossy leaves on a stiff cane that climbs and spreads to 10 feet. It is a repeated bloomer and makes gorgeous bouquets.

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    Souvenir de la Malmaison

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    'Souvenir de la Malmaison' rose. Flickr member Wang kun hung

    Souvenir de la Malmaison
    Type: Bourbon
    Color: Light pink
    Scent: Tea fragrance
    USDA zones 5b to 10b
    Height: 10 to 20 feet (305 to 610cm) Width: up to 8 feet (245 cm).

    Souvenir de la Malmaison is an extremely vigorous climbing rose. Canes can grow to 15 feet or more and will bear a healthy crop of full-petaled roses in the spring.

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    Apricot-colored climbing rose, 'Westerland'. Flickr member Anne Arnould

    Type: Shrub
    Color: Apricot; apricot blend, copper orange
    Scent: Strong rose, spice
    Size: Large semi-double to double bloom
    USDA zones 5b through 9b
    Height: 5 to 12 feet (150 to 365cm) Width: 4 feet (120cm)

    Westerland is an extremely fragrant, winter-hardy rose that makes an excellent shrub.