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What sort of supports to use for climbing a rose up the front of a brick house?


I have a beautiful pink Compassion climbing rose I want to train up the front of my house. It's a standard brick wall.

Regarding eyelets and wire, is it OK to drill these into the mortar or should they be into the brick?

There is one particularly narrow section where it will need to pass by a window ... can the wire run vertically?

Then I suppose I will be tying the stem into the wire. Apologies in advance if they are dumb questions I have never done this before, and want to get a good hold on how to do this before I start drilling anything into my wall!

If anyone has any pictures of what they have used to train climbers up a brick wall I would be interested to see it.

Many thanks


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,179
    @YoungBuddingGardener, have a look at the Gripple wire system online. I used it for my wisteria originally. It helps to keep the wires tensioned correctly. 
    If your mortar is sound, I would drill into that. You will need a hammer drill.
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  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,366
    Wires not too tight at this time of year.  As with most things, the metal they're made from will expand with summer warmth (so are expanded now) but will shrink in winter cold and can break.  Keep an eye on German supermarket offers for money saving bundles of plastic cable ties to hold your roses to the wires.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,284
    edited June 2022
    You can drill either into the brick or the mortar.
    If it's going to take a heavy load then drill into brick is best.
    If it's a light load (like a rose) then vine eyes in the mortar will be fine.
    Drilling into the mortar is also a lot easier and can be done with an ordinary drill and masonry bit.

    I've used this Gripple system in several parts of my garden and it works very well.
    Re-tensioning of the 'wires' is a 5 second job

    PS - when tying your rose in, bear in mind that the stems will get thicker over the years, so don't tie tightly to the stem, leave some room for expansion.
    First tie the string to the wire securely, then tie it to the rose stem (loosely)
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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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