Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Garden photo: white roses with clematis

Just beginning to bloom: A sweet tangle of Climbing White Dawn roses and clematis.

3 comments:

Kristin said...

Brenda, since you seem to be a bit of a gardener, I have a question for you. I have a rose that I think is a climbing variety as it tends to grow super-tall every year, and I have quite a time pruning it back to a manageable bush. I think I am going to move it to a better spot in my garden and give it something to climb on.

My question is this, with a climbing rose, do you do any trimming back at all? Do you deadhead the blooms? Or do you just let it do its thing, leaving it alone in the winter?

I suppose I could find this info online, but I'd rather ask a 'friend' than go wading through advice on Google.

Brenda Coulter said...

I think most climbers need just a light trim in the spring to keep them neat; others do better if you get fairly aggressive with them. They can take a bit of abuse, so go ahead and see what works best for that particular rose in your particular growing conditions.

Deadheading is not strictly necessary, but it does keep the bush looking neat and encourages repeat blooming.

Going into winter, I don't really do anything to my climbers but make sure there aren't any loose canes that might get whipped around in the harsh wind and break off, damaging the bush.

I am not a rosarian. All I know is what works for the roses I grow in my own garden.

Colleen Wms said...

Thanks for the help with where I should plant my new climbing white dawn. Your pictures are beautiful!