Imagine: There’s a sunny side of your house or shed that really could use some greenery and flowers to soften the space. You’ve dreamed about growing roses up a trellis in these spots but you’ve always heard that roses are difficult. You’re not a fussy, constantly-tweaking-the-plants type of homeowner, so are roses really the right choice?
But you have a dream of seeing a bright colored rose, with a real rose-shaped flower, growing up the building, so you go for it. And since you’ve chosen a ‘Climbing America’ your dream comes true.
Name: Rosa ‘Climbing America’
Type of Plant: A climbing rose with rich coral/salmon colored flowers. Hardy in zones 5-9 (although some say 4) and a fairly disease resistant plant for full sun. Repeat blooming all summer when deadheaded.
Why I love this: This is a climbing rose that doesn’t get so large that it overwhelms the average side-of-the-house trellis or small arbor. I love the real-rose shape and the strong coral color of the flowers. And I’m appreciative at how this climber keeps producing blooms from May until very hard frost.
A Word to the Wise: In summers that are very wet or damp and cool, like other roses this plant is prone to blackspot. So if the weather is trending in that direction spray with an organic fungicide.
Like all roses, fertilize frequently, apply composted manure at least once a year and water deeply once a week.