Climbing Roses vs Ramblers: Which One is the Best for Your Garden?

When it comes to garden roses, two popular choices are Ramblers and Climbing Roses. While they may seem similar at first glance, there are key differences that set them apart.

What are Ramblers?

Ramblers are known for their vigorous growth, with long, flexible canes that can reach impressive lengths of up to 20 feet. These roses produce large clusters of small flowers that typically bloom once, usually in late spring or early summer. Their beauty is not their only asset; Ramblers are also great for concealing architectural flaws and softening irregular lines in a garden. They are commonly used to accent entryways, fences, patios, porches, pergolas, and gazebos.

One of the classic Ramblers is Lady Banks (pictured below), a nearly thornless rose that can grow up to 20 feet tall. This remarkable plant produces hundreds of miniature yellow blooms and has earned awards from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Lady Banks

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What are Climbing Roses?

In contrast, Climbing Roses produce larger flowers and often have stiffer canes compared to Ramblers. While they can also grow tall, reaching heights of 15-20 feet, Climbing Roses are more likely to produce lateral branches that can be trained horizontally along walls or trellises.

One of the most stunning examples of a Climbing rose is Eden Climber®, a versatile Climber ideal for small or large gardens. Eden Climber® features large, old fashioned, fully double, 4 1/2", cupped blooms with 100+ petals. Her blooms are a delightful blend of pastel pinks, creams, and yellows.Truly a star of the garden!


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Both types of roses have their own unique characteristics and can add beauty and charm to any garden. Whether you prefer the wild, cascading growth of Ramblers or the more structured appearance of Climbing Roses, there is a rose variety to suit every gardener's taste.