15 Climbing Roses That Are Absolutely Stunning

Climbing roses, also known as ramblers, are proof that nature is an incomparable architect and perfumer. These woody perennial flowering plants are the acrobats of the rosa family, well-known for contorting around arbors, walls, pillars, trellises, gazebos, and pergolas. They typically bear large, stunning foliage that intensifies the vibrancy, beauty, and design of a home. Apart from the cosmetic advantages, there are functional reasons for planting ramblers. Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co. explains that since they have stiff, upright, extra-long canes, you can manipulate the stems to act as screens and doorway frames. 

As you're getting ready to embark on your climbing rose journey, we recommend that you purchase disease-resistant varieties and repeat-bloomers. They tend to be easy to work with and profusely bloom when planted horizontally instead of vertically. So without further ado, let's get into the ramblers that can transform your home into an enchanting cottage in no time. 

1. Rosa 'Pippin'

To fully appreciate the beauty and delicate, sweet fragrance of Rosa 'Pippin' (Rosa 'Pippin'), plant them around your garden seating area, experts at the National Gardening Association suggest. Your guests will enjoy its colorful blooms and glossy foliage throughout the seasons.

Bloom Season: Spring, summer, fall

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun, dappled shade

Soil Type: Moist, well-draining; tolerate most soil types

Size: 7 to 8 feet tall, 3 to 4 feet wide

2. Highwire flyer

The highwire flyer (Rosa 'Highwire Flyer') deserves a spot in your garden for its vibrant, hot pink blooms alone. The celebrated breeder, Will Radler, introduced this climber in 2018, and it has since become one of the most stunning climbing roses in the U.S., notes Star Roses and Plants. Highwire flyer is easy to grow and highly resistant to mildew, rust, and black spot.

Bloom Season: Spring, summer, fall

USDA Growing Zone: 4 to 11

Growing Conditions: Full sun

Soil Type: Rich loam, well-draining

Size: 6 to 8 feet tall, 3 to 4 feet wide

3. Altissimo

Make a bold statement in your front yard landscaping with Altissimo (Rosa 'Altissimo'), the dazzling red climbing rose with yellow stamens. Altissimo flowers freely and repeatedly, complimenting landscapes, walls, fences, and pergolas, via Gardenia. We appreciate how it tolerates poor soils and attracts pollinators like butterflies and bees.

Bloom Season: Summer through late fall

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 10

Growing Conditions: Full sun, regular waterings

Soil Type: Moist, well-draining

Size: 7 to 20 feet tall, 5 to 8 feet wide

4. New dawn

New dawn (Rosa 'New Dawn') is so fast-growing that it reaches maturity within two seasons. If you're looking to start pergola training or refresh your landscape with a splash of large pink blooms, this is one of the best climbing roses to purchase. It quickly stretches across fences and trellises, and gives off a fruity apple fragrance, per Great Garden Plants

Bloom Season: Summer to late fall

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade 

Soil Type: Acidic, moist, well-draining

Size: 10 to 15 inches high, 6 to 10 inches wide

5. Iceberg

The award-winning iceberg (Rosa 'Iceberg') is quite the vigorous climber, reaching 15 feet. It's a remontant rose that produces glossy leaves and medium-sized, double white flowers that occasionally have pink or green tints, per Gardeners' World. As a medium climber, iceberg roses are perfect for pillars, arches, walls, fences, and the front of a house.

Bloom Season: Late spring, summer, and fall

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun

Soil Type: Moist, well-draining soil

Size: 3 to 12 inches high, 2 to 3 inches wide

6. Parkdirektor riggers

Parkdirektor riggers (Rosa 'Parkdirektor Riggers') were hybridized by Kordes in 1957, according to Dave's Garden. As one of the prettiest climbing roses, they are slightly fragrant and highly tolerant of shade, preferring the northern side of buildings. Parkdirektor riggers bears stunning foliage, which includes dark red blooms and glossy, dark green leaves.

Bloom Season: Late spring, early summer

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Well-draining; normal or moist; sandy loam, clay loam

Size: 12 to 18 inches high, 6 to 9 inches wide

7. Tangerine skies arborose

Tangerine skies arborose (Rosa 'KORtangenu') has an unusual trait that makes it unique from other roses. Reports have it, per Nature Hills Nursery, that this striking rose flashes from peach to tangerine when sunlight directly shines on it. Opinions may differ, but we can all agree that it's still stunning on a typical day. Tangerine skies arborose is a tall, climbing plant that produces bright, aromatic, orange flowers.

Bloom Season: Summer to mid-fall

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 10

Growing Conditions: Full sun

Soil Type: Medium moisture, well-draining

Size: Up to 8 feet high, up to 4 feet wide

8. American beauty

As one of the most stunning climbing roses to thrive in cold climates, American beauty (Rosa 'American Beauty') couldn't have been more aptly named. It's a cultivar bred in France by Henri Lédéchaux in 1875, and it is adored for its deep, cupped pink blooms. American beauty is not only shade-tolerant, but also features long canes that make training easy, via The Spruce.

Bloom Season: Spring to fall

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Well-draining, moderately moist

Size: 12 to 15 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide 

9. Claire Austin

Claire Austin (Rosa 'Claire Austin') is a short climbing rose that homeowners adore for its stunning foliage. It has creamy-white flowers, rich-green leaves, and a heavenly fragrance. According to Gardenia, Claire Austin is deciduous, repeat-flowering, disease-resistant, and smells like myrrh and vanilla. You'll love how it can upgrade your garden when you train it against a pergola, wall, or large arch.

Bloom Season: Summer to fall

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Fertile, moist, well-draining

Size: Up to 4 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide

10. Zephirine drouhin

Zephirine drouhin (Rosa 'Zephirine Drouhin') is one of the few climbing roses that's nearly thornless and low-maintenance. Although it's an old-fashioned rose, it outperforms most modern climbers with its long bloom, tolerance, and stunning beauty. And according to Jackson & Perkins, zephirine drouhin also bears raspberry scented, double-pink flowers, which will add fragrance to your yard. Pro tip: Train it against fences or trellis to improve air circulation.

Bloom Season: Late spring to summer

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun, part shade; north-facing walls

Soil Type: moist, well-drained, loamy soil

Size: 15 to 20 feet high, 4 to 6 feet wide

11. Don Juan

Known as the rose of lovers, Don Juan (Rosa 'Don Juan') is a climbing, hybrid tea rose introduced by Malandrone in 1958, as noted by Dave's Garden. It produces scores of large, dark-crimson flowers and has about 40 perfumed petals per bloom. Don Juan is vigorous and conspicuous, painting walls, fences, and other structures with romance and life. It also makes excellent cut flowers.

Bloom Season: Summer through fall

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun

Soil Type: Rich, well-draining, fertile, moist

Size: 12 to 14 feet tall, 3 to 6 feet wide

12. Compassion

If you plant compassion (Rosa 'Compassion') when the ground is not frozen or wet, you will enjoy a magnificent floral display throughout the summer. It was bred by Harkness in 1972 and known to work well with hybridized dahlias, per Gardeners' World. Compassion is one of the most striking climbing roses, offering highly fragrant, double coral-pink blooms. 

Bloom Season: Late spring to late summer

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 10

Growing Conditions: Full sun

Soil Type: Well draining, rich, fertile, adequately moist

Size: 5 to 15 feet tall, 5 to 8 feet wide

13. Cécile brunner

If you meet the needs of Cécile brunner (Rosa 'Cécile Brunner'), she'll become an impressive 10-foot giant in one season, Monrovia says. As a homeowner, you'll want this thornless climber in your country garden, which you can train over trellises, arches, fences, or north-facing walls. Cécile brunner bears sweet-scented, light pink flowers. 

Bloom Season: Late spring, early summer

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Well-draining, moist, fertile, humus-rich

Size: 10 to 20 feet tall, 3 to 6 feet wide

14. A shropshire lad

For the perfect floral arrangement, introduce a Shropshire lad rose (Rosa 'A Shropshire Lad') to your landscape. It's an excellent repeat bloomer that produces large blossoms and up to 100 peach-pink rosettes. According to David Austin, the breeder, the rose was introduced in 1996 and had a tea-like scent. Austin is known best for combining the perfumes of old roses and other flower forms to create exquisite modern roses.

Bloom Season: Late spring to winter

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Well-draining, rich, fertile, moist

Size: Up to 8 feet tall, up to 5 feet wide

15. Dublin Bay

Here we have Dublin Bay (Rosa 'Dublin Bay'), the sun-loving rose that bears medium to large foliage. It's best known for producing dark, glossy green leaves and fully-double, red flowers. There's a mild, fruity fragrance to this rose that's just so captivating. For repeat-flowering Dublin Bays, choose an area that receives full sun, says Peter Beales Roses.

Bloom Season: Summer, fall

USDA Growing Zone: 6 to 9

Growing Conditions: Full sun

Soil Type: Moist, well-draining

Size: 8 to 20 feet tall, 4 to 5 feet wide