What is the difference between a climber and a rambler
Whilst climbers and ramblers are different types of roses, both will grow up or along a supporting structure such as a wall or arch. With a little training and tying-in to their support, climbers and ramblers will create a spectacle of blooms in any outdoor space.
Larger flowers held singularly
Usually repeat flowering
Smaller flowers held in sprays
Usually once flowering
Use our 'ideal for' symbols, size guide and information table on each rose page to help you select the right rose for your specific situation.
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Feeding your roses is a relatively quick and simple task which helps to encourage healthy growth and abundant blooms.
Climbers generally have large blooms on not too vigorous, rather stiff growth and most repeat flower. Ramblers are in general, much more vigorous. They will produce great quantities of small flowers, although most do not repeat flower. There are exceptions to both these rules: for instance, Malvern Hills and The Lady of the Lake are repeat-flowering ramblers whereas Cecile Brunner Climbing is a once flowering climber with small flowers.
Most climbers are best for walls, trellises, arches, obelisks whereas ramblers are generally better for growing into trees and covering pergolas or large structures such as garages or sheds.