Privacy at home means more to us than ever before. In trying times, home is a refuge, and privacy provides a chance to relax alone or with those we care about. Seclusion via a privacy fence or screen gives us a safe retreat from the world outside our boundaries.
But those privacy screens -- in the form of wooden fences, concrete-block walls and wire fences -- are often not the breathtaking view we long for. The remedy: grow something beautiful to cover the fence. A vining or climbing plant that you'll enjoy looking at when you escape into your backyard.
Enjoy our suggestions for the top 10 climbing roses.
While everyone has their favorite roses, this list of climbing roses is simply arranged in alphabetical order.
Size and Form: Clusters of small buds open to stunning single flowers that are velvety bright red with central clusters of showy yellow stamens. Leaves are glossy and contribute to the rose's brilliance.
Scent: Mild, clove fragrance
USDA zones 5 to 10
Height: 7’ to 20’ (215 to 455 cm) Width: 5 to 8’ (245 cm)
Train Altissimo as a small climbing rose or pillar climber. Also can be shaped into a tall shrub.
2. American Beauty
Type: Hybrid Wichurana
Color: deep pink
USDA zones 5b thorugh 9b
Height: 12’ to 15’ (365 to 455 cm)
3. Cécile Brunner
Color: Light pink
USDA Zones 6 to 10
Size: Lovely, small blooms
Height: 20’ to 25’ (610 to 915 cm) Width: 10’ to 20; (305 to 610 cm)
Scent: sweet, spice, tea-like.
Cécile Brunner is a rampant climbing rose that can reach 20 feet, forming a thicket of growth.
4. Dublin Bay
Size: Medium to Large
Scent: Mild, fruity
USDA zones 6b thorugh 9b
Height: 8’ to 12’ (245 to 365 cm). Width: up to 5’ (150 cm)
5. Fourth of July
Fourth of July
Size and Form: Large, semi-double cluster flowers
USDA zones 6a through 9b
Color: Red blend with stripes
Scent: fresh-cut apple and sweet rose
Size: 12’ to 14’ height
Size and Form: Full, ruffled blossoms on a rampant, far-reaching climber. In proportion to its extra-large flowers.
Color: White; white blend
Scent: Mild to none
Bloom size: Semi-double to double; medium to large
Zones: USDA 4b through 9b. 5-10
Height: 8’ to 15’
Many groups and rosarians hail Iceberg as the finest climbing rose, without question. Iceberg grows vigorously up to about 15 feet, with profuse flowering and repeat blooms.
Type: Hybrid tea
Color: Yellow and pink blend
Size and Form: Full, ruffled blossoms on a rampant, far-reaching climber. In proportion to its extra-large flowers
USDA: 6b through 9b
Height: 6’ to 20’ (185 to 610 cm)
Peace climbing roses have canes that can reach 20 feet or more. This climber works reall well on a fence or large wall.
8. Royal Sunset
Type: Hybrid Tea
Size: Shapely, large blooms
Color: Apricot; apricot blend; orange blend
USDA zones 6 to 10
Height: up to 8’ (245 to 455 cm) spread: 5-6'
Royal Sunset features dark, bronzy-green, glossy leaves on a stiff cane that climbs and spreads to 10 feet.
9. Souvenir de la Malmaison
Souvenir de la Malmaison
Color: Light pink
Scent: tea fragrance
USDA zones 5b through 10b
Height: 10’ to 20’ (305 to 610cm) Width: up to 8’ (245 cm).
Souvenir de la Malmaison is an extremely vigorous climbing rose. Canes can grow to 15 feet or more and will bear a healthy crop of full-petaled roses in the spring.
Color: Apricot; apricot blend
Scent: strong rose, spice
Size: Large semi-double to double bloom
USDA zones 5b through 9b
Height: 4’11” to 12’ (150 to 365cm) Width: 4’ (120cm)