When you train climbing roses to a wall or a fence, it adds so much romance and style to your garden.
A wall of climbing roses in a garden, planted in a narrow bed and trained along the wall of a house adds lots of color and charm to a simple patio or to a front entrance to your house.
Training roses on walls and fences are a lovely way to add vertical elements and romance to the landscape.
Climbing Roses are not vines and have no tendrils to hold them to vertical surfaces.
Therefore, they need supporting devices, such as a wall or a fence.
Training a climbing rose, or a rambler rose to sprawl on a fence or wall is one of the most beautiful ways to work roses into the landscape and bring their flowers right up to eye level.
When you train climbing roses to a wall, you usually have to attach some type of support to the wall.
One easy way is to thread 14- to 16-inch gauge galvanized wire through eye bolts attached to the wall.
If you have masonary walls, you have to use eye bolts with expanding anchors.
But your local hardware store can help you make the right choice.
Arrange the wires vertically, horizontally, or in a fan shape-whatever your fancy or spot dictates.
You can even attach the rose directly to the eye bolts, and skip the the wire altogether.
If your surface is stone, concrete or brick, drill holes for the eye bolts, then insert the expanding anchors into the holes and screw the eye bolts into the anchors.
To hide the base and bare legs of the climbers, underplant them with hardy geraniums or place potted plants in front of their legs.
Split-rail, chain-link, or picket fences, you can turn any sturdy fence into a colorful picture when you use it to support a climbing rose.
Just take a look at the picture above. It wouldn't look as good without the Climbing Eden roses, would it?Notice how the base of the climbers are planted with low growing plants. I beleive it's Dianthus plants that hasn't started to bloom yet.
For a low fence and picket fence roses, select a modest growing climber or a lax shrub rose with arching canes.
A rampant climber such as Climbing Cecile Brunner is suitable only for a very large wall or growing up over a large arbor or garden shed.
To train climbing roses you can tie the roses directly to a rail fence.
Otherwise screw eye bolts into fence posts. spacing the posts about 4 to six feet apart.
Place the lowest wire 18 inches off the ground and the wires above it 15 inches apart from each other.
Then plant your roses between each fence post, in the middle, and tie their canes, using strecth rose tape, to the wires horizontally.
Underplant the the bases of the rose plants with white or pink sweet Allysums, or any other low growing prennial or annual, and you will have an absolutely gorgeous rose fence.