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Choosing the right Climbing Rose


I'm an amateur gardener based in a village close to Barcelona, Spain. 

The thing is that I want to buy a climbing rose for a structure I built last summer, but since I haven't got a lot of space in my garden I don't want to make mistakes with my choice. 

We have pure Mediterranean climate: really dry and hot summer and mild to cold winters (-3°C). We have some rain during autumn and spring.

The soil of my garden is composed of clay, and since is not as wet as yours in UK, it can be really heavy and dry.

My idea is to get a rose able to thrive in this conditions (drought resistant). Plus, I'd like to have a rose that is resistent to diseases and that can tolerate pure summer sun. 

I love almost any kind of colours except oranges and yellows, and I rather prefer a simple rose than something extravagant.

Thank you a lot from Spain


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    This is the structre where the rose would climb.

    PD: sorry for my english, I'm trying to do my best to improve it.

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,629


    The best roses suitable for your climate would be Tea, Noisette or Tea/Noisette and climbing hybrid tea roses but there are many to choose from, and I do not know where you will buy your rose, whether near to your location in Spain or online from anywhere in the E.U.....?   so it would be good to know where you intend to buy your rose and if it is grafted or an own root rose.

    However, I will give you 3 roses that are good for you but you do not need to choose these, as there are many others.

    1. Blush Noisette - available in most countries, very scented, continuous blooming, healthy, and grows in hot dry clay soil.  White/pale pink small flowers in clusters.

    2. Colombian climber - a climbing Hybrid Tea.  Very fragrant, pink, continuous blooming and suitable for a warm climate. I know it grows well in Crete.  Available UK and I think in E.U.

    3. Marie Nabonnand,  very fragrant pink climbing Hybrid Tea, suitable for warm climate. Available own root France/E.U. [not UK].   Always in flower, double or semi double loose flowers.  Grows well too in Australlia [hot].

    I do hope you find one that you like.   Please tell us where you buy your roses from.

    'Columbian Climber' from UK [it should be spelt Colombian but never mind] 

    Last edited: 18 October 2017 15:12:55

    East Anglia, England
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,629

    Just to add, I notice you want something simple, not extravagant.   If you can buy roses from Germany, France or Netherlands, you may like this single white rose, which is very scented of cloves, and will climb up. It also thrives in hot dry climate and your soil conditions.

    ''Secret Garden Musk Climber''


    East Anglia, England
  • Hi! Thank you so much for your awnser.

    I checked the roses you suggest and I love them. Probably I'll buy the Blush Noisette, because it's an old rose and I'm really interested in the group of roses [virtually all the roeses in my garden are Tea Hybrids]. 

    I'd buy the roses in some of this pages:

    I've been told they are good sellers. 

    Again, thank you so much! 

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,629

    I know are very good, and cheap roses in euros.

    I hope you find the right one for you.   You cannot go wrong with Blush Noisette.

    East Anglia, England
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