How to train a climbing rose

How to train a climbing rose

We recently asked you to nominate your favourite plants and in this issue we reveal your top 30. While some heat-hardy plants made the top 10, it was hard to beat an old favourite: roses. 

They’re loved by so many because of their varietyfrom big, blousy fragrant roses, flower-smothered Floribundas and long-stemmed Hybrid Teas, to dainty single blooms, myriad species and old roses, weepers and climbers. Training a climbing rose on a wall is one way to enjoy plenty of blooms. 

All you need to do is bend and train the canes horizontally to encourage lots of buds along the length of the cane to shoot and form flowers. As seen here, some canes have been secured to the wire guides and each other with string, forming a striking patterned framework. All the stems that have formed along the canes have been pruned back to one or two buds, which will shoot to produce masses of flowers 

For more growing tips on roses, answers to your questions and the full list of your top 30 plants, check out the November 2021 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.