A rambling rose will grow against almost any garden structure and can be encouraged to scramble into a tree. Most ramblers need to be tied to, or woven around, their support while the canes are still young and flexible.
If you only check one thing before buying a rambling rose, make it the height, which should be a good match for the structure it’s going to be growing against. A common mistake is to choose too big a rambler: you’ll have to keep cutting away potential flowering stems to prevent your rose from completely swamping the arch, arbour, obelisk or trellis. Here are some ways to support rambling roses that will show off these beautiful plants to their best:
I thought I’d end today with one of nature’s own designs. Sorry the detail is a little blurry – this was the best of the bunch on a windy day.
The white flowers are a rambling rose that is scampering through woodland. If roses can ever be weeds, this is it, but they look wonderful to me.