Climbers & Ramblers

Big, bold & beautiful roses

Nothing can surpass the romance of an old-fashioned rambling or climbing rose in full bloom growing up a garden wall or over a fence. With their profusion of flowers, heady fragrance and intense colour they announce the arrival of summer like nothing else.

This section is a really two in one :-

Climbing roses

These are often sports of bush roses and make a few big arms that can be trained against a wall, fence or pergola. If trained and pruned correctly the display can be phenomenal, and many of the climbers repeat flower throughout the season. Climbers can be utilised in even very small gardens to give as much display as a big shrub, but with a very small ground space.

Rambling roses

On the other hand these are of wilder nature and more suited to larger or country gardens. They are very hardy and look great alongside road fences or can cover difficult areas quickly. Ramblers make many shoots from the base every year, and will often sucker if they touch the ground as they are quick to make roots. Many of the ramblers are pretty much evergreen and can produce flowers during the winter months when most roses are dormant.


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Adeleide dÓrleans

Sempervirens rambler. Lovely clusters of creamy white rosettes with a very sweet scent. not available this season

Grass Roots Roses | Alberic BarbierAlberic Barbier (1900)

Wichuriana Rambler. Yellow buds, fading to cream very double flowers. Very scented. repeats reliably in Auckland and other warmer climates. One of the most vigorous ramblers. Very healthy. available now

Albertine (1921)

Another of the wonderful Wichuriana Ramblers. Vibrant pink/yellow flowers with a huge spring flush and the occasional repeat. Lovely scent. Gets a bit of black spot but very tough and shrugs it off. available now

Alexandre Girault (1909)

Wichuriana x rambler. Hundreds of cerise flowers cover this vigorous  rambler in spring, with some repeat throughout the season. Healthy and vigorous. available now

Aloha(1949)

Climbing hybrid Tea. Very bright pink/yellow buds open to antique pink rosettes. Very good fragrance and health, used by David Austin in his breeding programme in the 80’s.sold out

Aviateur Bleriot (1909)

A less well known wichuriana X rambler, this one is another in the very vigorous category. I named it “The Spasticated Rose” early on, due to it’s messy petals heading in all directions! The buds on the other hand are delightful apricot balls, and it makes a lovely picture in full flight. An interesting note is that it’s small hard red hips once won a taste test we held in the garden! available now

Blackboy(1919)

An Australian climber from Alistair Clark. Gorgeous, fragrant, deep red tea flowers.  Medium climber, minimal thorns.  Repeats all year round. available soon

Blush Noisette(1815)

Noisette. Attractive tall shrub or short climber with fresh green leaves and big bunches of highly scented soft pink rosettes. available now

Grass Roots Roses | climber | cecille brunnerCecile Brunner (1894)

Vigorous china climber. Very pretty blush pink miniature hybrid tea blooms – identical leaves and flowers as the bush form. available now

Celine Forestier (1842)

Noisette Climber. Ethereal primrose fading cream rosettes grace this medium climber. lovely perfume to match. not available

Clair Matin (1960)

This rose is often overlooked by people, but it has so many attributes going for it , it should be considered. It is a healthy and vigorous climber, without getting out of control, is extremely healthy and has lovely plum foliage like the teas. The salmon pink semi double flowers are nothing to write home about but have a sweet scent and arrive with great regularity. And very few thorns! available now

Crepescule (1904)

Noisette. The name says it all…Crepescule means twilight in French. Lovely spreading bush or short climber with glorious apricot shades all season long.sold out

Dee’s Blackboy  ()

Australian climber with lots of shortish arms with very few thorns but lots of small dark red flowers. A real show in early summer, with some repeat. Available now.

Duchesse d’Auerstadt (1887)

Noisette/Tea. Awesome big climber to make a statement in your garden. It is particularly suitable for climbing where people pass as it has few thorns and a delicious scent. It’s colour is typically tea, a clear but soft nankeen yellow, with very plum coloured new leaves that make a lovely combo. sold out

Felicite et Perpetue (1827)

An oldie but a goodie, this is one of the indestructible roadside roses. It is a sempervirens X of very vigorous persuasion, but also has a really delicate look to it’s leaves and flowers. Although I’ve never heard of it used as a rootstock, I know from experience it was, as the yellow climber gifted to me many years ago got mowed once to often and morphed into this far superior beauty! It is always listed as a once flowerer, but I find mature plants keep repeating a few flowers all season like the wichurianas. In full bloom it is a visual and sensory delight! available now

Ghislaine de Feligonde (1916)

A gorgeous thing in full flight, Ghislaine is a true repeating rambler or massive arching shrub, with glossy healthy leaves and covered in bunches of pastel yellow/apricot flowers  available now 

Lavender Lassie (1960)

Very sweet smelling mauve/pink climber. Modern leaves, but old fashioned flowers  sold out

Mme Alfred Carriere (1875)

Noisette. Very vigorous grower, suitable for trees or large structures. Beautiful pale blush buds to white softly scented blooms. Not available this season

Mrs Herbert Stevens (1922)

Hybrid Tea climber, a sport of the bush, like so many modern climbers. Mrs Herbert is a vigorous girl with lovely scented creamy white blooms year round, most appreciated in winter! sold out

May Queen (1898)

Rambler. May be mislabelled… Wichuriana x . Vigorous, healthy shiny leaves, huge spring flush of unusually double flowers for a rambler. Soft to dark pink. Because of the many petals, it can ball in wet weather, but there is plenty of repeat to make up for it! Available now

Mme Gregoire Stachelin(1927)

This lovely old climbing hybrid tea makes a fantastic early show with masses of wavy strong pink petals. Unusual and delicious fragrance. sold out

Nancy Hayward (1937)

Climbing Tea. Famous, Australian bred climber with huge, single dark pink flowers on strong growing bush. Good in hot climates.available now

Grass Roots Roses | narrow waterNarrow Water (1901)

Noisette. More of a tall shrub with big clusters of pinky lilac semi-double flowers. Repeats reliably all season. It has a lovely fresh fragrance typical of a noisette. It is a very well behaved shrub in the garden with a big impact for most of the year. Very under-rated. Large plants available now $15

Grass Roots Roses | climbeing rose | new dawnNew Dawn (1930)

Wichuriana Climber. Soft pink double blooms on this hardy, healthy climber. Blooms start later in the season, but carry on right into winter in regular flushes. Is nearly evergreen and has a pleasant fragrance. It was always the last rose to flower when I lived in Waotu (you’ll have to look that up). available now 

Paul Transon (1900)

Wichuriana Rambler. Very double apricot/pink flowers, large size for a rambler. The plant is very vigorous and produces hordes of sweetly scented flowers in spring, with more following intermittently through the season. available now

Parade(1955)

David Austin used this rose in the breeding of some of his more strongly coloured bushes which were published in the 90’s, so it goes without saying it is healthy and fragrant. Blooms good to pick too, it’s carmine flowers mix surprisingly well with the softer pinks and purple reds.  available now

Paul’s Scarlet (1916)

This rose is very common in Europe, but less widely grown here, as anyone wanting to plant a red climber plants the inevitable Dublin Bay. It is true, Paul’s Scarlet is rather a cherry red (as the name implies) but the plant has many virtues, like very few thorns, uncontrollable floriferousness  and for sure in the depths of winter, his scarlet face is a very cheering spot in the garden. sold out

Pierre de Ronsarde (1985)

From the “French David Austin”, Delbard, this rose like most of his offerings, fails to pull off the true old fashioned look that Austin mastered from the start. Never the less, many ,(including me) find this rose attractive, despite it’s very modern leaves and “fake”looking petals! I guess it must have that “je ne sais quoi” the French do so well! available now 

Purity( 1917)

Gorgeous pure white wichuriana climber/rambler of moderate vigour.It has lovely scrolled buds that open out to loosely formed tissuey blooms with a sweet scent. sold out.

Raubritter (1936)

Macrantha x. Once flowering with delicate pink cupped flowers.  Climber or cascade. Stunning in full flower. Available now

Sanders White

Rambler. Apparently mislabelled in NZ, not the rose known by this name in Europe. Vigorous rambler with big show of white rosettes in early summer.  Healthy and sweetly scented. available now

Silver Moon (1910)

Rambler. very ( possibly scary) vigorous grower with shiny green leaves and very large, semi double pure white flowers. Repeats.sold out

Grass Roots Roses | Souvenier De mme LeonieSouvenir De Mme Leonie Viennot (1898)

Climbing Tea. Lovely creamy pink blooms with a heavenly scent. Very hardy and a vigorous climber but well behaved. A classic that fully deserves its reputation. available soon

Sylvan Beauty

An old rose found growing in my centenarian auntie’s garden in Mt Eden.  A well behaved climber with china characteristics but nearly thornless.  China red, semi double flowers that repeat all year round when established. Not available this season

The Alchymist  (1956)

This lovely climber has many petalled flowers in shades from gold to apricot.

It is a once flowerer but sometimes delights with several more flushes through the season.  available now

The Belmaine

This is unusual being as vigorous as any a rambler and a true repeater. Smothers itself in large ethereal pink blooms regularly. Very healthy shiny leaves. available now

Grass Roots Roses - VielchenblauVeilchenblau (1909)

Multiflora Rambler. Very hardy small rambler that has clusters of small, mauve/grey flowers smothering it in spring. It is almost thornless and is an attractive plant even when not in flower. Available now.

Violette (1912)

Multiflora Rambler. This rose is similar to Veilchenblau but the flowers are a deeper richer violet that shows off its gold stamens. available now

Grass Roots Roses | Violette