Climbing rose bushes are sometimes overlooked but in my opinion no rose garden is complete without them! Growing them does require a little knowledge as they have some distinct differences from other rose species, but the effort is well rewarded.

Climbing roses are also known as ramblers, pillars, ever-blooming roses, and trailing roses. They do not grow support structures of their own to grab hold of surfaces, and are not considered true vines. But they are wonderful ornamental plants which are ideal for completing any fence, archway or other structure around or within a garden.

genuinely mesmerizing climbing roses


Growing climbing roses takes a little extra effort as they don’t have the ability to adhere to structures as a vine does, so they need to be ‘trained’. The grower needs to wind the climber around or through a structure or loosely attach it another way. Structures commonly used for growing climbing roses on are:

  • Fences
  • Arbors
  • Trellis
  • Pillars
  • Sheds
  • Walls
  • Other suitable large solid structures

Roses can be trained to grow laterally (sideways) or vertically (up) depending on what they are attached to by their grower. Lateral climbing roses will tend to produce more blooms, while vertical climbers will tend to grow small spurs on their main stem which will assist in holding their weight upright and will also produce blooms.

Choosing Your Rose Bush

Another consideration to make is matching the species of climbing rose with the location you intend for it. Some climbing roses can grow to 7 feet in height, while others can grow to 30 feet in height. Make sure the structure you attach it to can support its growth so you get the most out of it.

Of course the height your plant grows to will also depend on your climate. To be successful in growing roses they should get around 6-7 hours of direct sunlight per day. There are species that can do well in shadier areas but even they ideally need 4-5 hours of direct sunlight each day.

Also take note that different roses have different blooming patterns. Some are ‘ever-bloomers’ which bloom right through the growing season, while others are spring bloomers and only bloom in spring.

Pruning Your Rose Bushes

One of the biggest differences between most types of roses, is that the climbers need little pruning. They need no pruning at all in the first two years. And while most roses need regular pruning so they will bloom more, the opposite is true of climbing roses.

If they were pruned each year as you would do with most roses, they would actually produce fewer blooms. Owners can get by with pruning them every 3-4 years.

At pruning time, the method is also different. It basically consists of removing older, less vigorous or small canes near the base of the plant. Young vigorous canes should be encouraged to grow long and flexible.

Growing climbing roses requires patience. They do take a little time to establish and start blooming, but when they do the fragrance and beauty they give is a valuable addition to the garden and very rewarding for the grower.

Climbers versus Ramblers

There are two different types of climbing roses: The modern climbers and the antique ramblers.

What are differences between the two?

Ramblers generally come from the old species of rose. The most common types under the category are Rosa wichuraiana, R. multifora, and R. moschata. But aside from these three, avid and expert rose breeders are also able to make a new rambler by combining old ramblers and newer breeds.

Ramblers traditionally have clusters of scented and irregularly shaped flowers that commonly measure 2 inches in width. In terms of production, they are grown on slender and bendable canes placed from bottom to top starting from the base of the plant.

With the absence of pruning, these ramblers will uncontrollably produce unlimited number of flowers in the entirety of their length. On average, they grow from 11 to 19 feet in height. One of the best attributes of ramblers is that they are perfectly suited for scrambling up a tree, or perhaps wandering across a pergola, which in turn produces a good number of flowers in the process.

widespread climbing roses

Modern climbing roses are a new breed, and were only conceptualized and created in the middle part of the 20th century. Modern climbing roses usually grew to a height of about 6 to 11 feet high. The good thing is they bloom a couple of times per season.

Furthermore, modern climbers possess blooms that can grow from 2.7 to 3 inches with a classic form. The canes meanwhile are likely shorter and thicker in comparison to some wood of ramblers. Additionally, they can be described as highly varied.

Some are widely known as pillar roses mainly because of the canes being firmly vertical and does not easily twist or bend. Some of the other best climbing roses meanwhile are classified a fountain since the canes seem to rise vertically and then cascade back down.

Climbing Yellow Roses: The Noisette Roses

Noisette roses are the only old garden rose class that were first developed in the United States. These beautiful roses are a hybrid cross of the China rose and musk roses to develop these charming rose bushes that develop fragrant flowers in various colors.

This class of old roses was developed in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1800s and later exported to France. Today, these elegant roses remain a popular, classic flower in the American South.

Noisettes are among the best classes for finding an old garden variety of yellow roses. These beautiful flowers are also available in various shades of white, pink and red and can vary in arrangement from single to double blooms.

Most Noisette roses produce fragrant clusters of beautiful roses that are accented by glossy, green foliage and thorny stems. These plants can become quite large, with some spreading up to 20 feet!


Noisettes are an excellent rose flower for use as yellow climbing roses. For climbing roses, pruning should be performed annually to keep these rapidly growing plants under control.

There are many varieties of beautiful Noisette roses including:

Allister Stella Gray

These elegant yellow roses provide an interesting change of color as the flowers age. These plants will produce yellow roses that deepen to an orange color and then fade to creamy white.

This Noisette rose was developed in England in the 1890s and is nearly thornless. This enormous rose will grow up to 15 feet and makes a perfect addition to any landscape that is searching for yellow climbing roses.

Blush Noisette

Blush Noisette was the prototype specimen for this class of roses and is among one of the best climbing roses. Developed in America in the early 1800s, this pink rose flower eventually made its way to France where it quickly became popular for its clusters of semi-double flowers in shades of pink. Blush Noisette is another beautiful flower that can be trained as a climbing rose. These plants will bloom profusely from spring until fall.

Celine Forestier

Another vigorous Noisette, Celine Forestier will grow up to 12 feet high and can also be trained as yellow climbing roses in warm climates. This lovely plant produces gorgeous yellow roses with a pinkish tint.

Champney’s Pink Cluster

This perfect Noisette rose was developed in the United States and is revered for its light pink blooms and its vigorous climbing ability. This plant needs to be pruned regularly to prevent rapid overgrowth.

Cloth of Gold

This large plant produces beautiful yellow roses with a soft, pleasant fragrance. This Noisette requires a warmer climate for best results.

Golden Chain

This stunning beauty produces pretty yellow roses with light pink undertones and makes a wonderful addition to most gardens in warmer climates.

Jaune Desprez

This Noisette variety grows quickly and is well-known for its unique peach-yellow roses that emerge in clusters from spring until fall.

Marechal Niel

Developed in France in the 1860s, Marechal Niel is a fine Noisette variety that produces pretty yellow climbing roses in a soft creamy shade of yellow. These aggressive climbing roses perform best in warm environments and can extend up to 15 feet. These elegant yellow climbing roses must be pruned regularly to prevent overgrowth.

If you are searching for the best climbing roses, the Noisette varieties offer a wide range of possibilities in lovely colors while maintaining old garden charm. This class of roses offers a plethora of choices for gardeners that love and wish to grow yellow roses.