Beautiful Ways To Train And Support Rambling Roses

Rosa 'Malvern Hills' trained in an arch shape around a door
Rosa ‘Malvern Hills’ trained in an arch shape around a door

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:

Rambling rose trained over an arch and picket fence
Rambling rose trained over an arch and wooden fence
Pink rambling roses tumbling over a white picket fence
Pink rambling roses tumbling over a picket fence
Rambling roses framing a window at Cothay Manor
Rambling roses framing a window at Cothay Manor
Galvanised wires used to train a rambling rose against a brick wall
Galvanised wires used to train a rambling rose against a wall
Red rambler rose trained against a wall
Red rambler trained against a wall
Short rambling rose grown against a wooden trellis
Short rambling rose grown against a wooden trellis
Rambling rose over an outhouse
Rambling rose over an outhouse
Rose rambling over a shed
Rambling roses will cover small buildings and outhouses
Yellow Lady Bank's Rose several feet long on a fence
Yellow Lady Bank’s Rose overspills a wrought iron fence
Rambling rose woven through a chain link fence
Rambling rose woven through a chain link fence
Rambling rose on a gazebo at Gresgarth Garden
Rambling rose on a gazebo at Gresgarth Garden
Rambler rose covering a wooden pergola
A sturdy wooden pergola looks a touch too small for a vigorous rambling rose
Rambler rose on a large wooden obelisk
Rambler swamps a large wooden obelisk connected to others by thick ropes
Pillar roses: Rosa 'Phyllis Bide'
Rosa ‘Phyllis Bide’ rambles up a pillar and into wooden framework overhead
Rambler rose wired on to a wood beam
Rambler rose wired on to a wood beam
How to train a rose against a trellis column
Rambling roses are expertly trained against columns on Bodnant’s rose walk
Natural rose walk: wild rambling roses in woodland
Natural rose walk: wild rambling roses trailing though woodland

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.

31 Replies to “Beautiful Ways To Train And Support Rambling Roses”

  1. Oh, these are lovely! No matter what country, they make it a little bit unreal. It’s their gift. I think I would like that white one festooned around the window at Cothay Manor, but I want the manor, too, please.

    1. That’s a new one on me. Puny ramblers can be perfect for small places! As (almost) always, these are ones I’ve seem and admired rather than my own, but it would be a collection to be proud of if they were.

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