Climbing roses on a fence

by Swanee421
I would like to grow a climbing rose on a chain link fence. One side of the yard is in full sun and the other in afternoon shade. What varieties would be best?
  6 answers
  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Jun 05, 2014
    Roses need at least 6-8 hours of sunshine to do well, so go with the sunny side. Take time to prepare the planting hole with organic material. You will probably need to "help" your rose start climbing by attaching it to the fencing with some type of soft twist tie, etc. Once established they pretty much take care of themselves. All roses take about 3 years to fully develop and get best bloom, but some, depending upon the variety and specie will throw a few blooms the first year. Good luck, and I will warn you roses are addictive. Once you get started one will not be enough. LOL
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 05, 2014
    Almost any climbing rose will be happy in full sun. You can't go wrong with "New Dawn." "Zepherine Drouhin" is noted for its shade tolerance. I have grown it where it was always in shade by 2 p.m. and it did very well.
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    • Lynn Lynn on Jan 09, 2015
      @Douglas Hunt Thank you Douglas, I will check into the Antique Rose Emporium. It's a double edged sword living in the wooded area of the park. I just love climbing roses, but may have to forego this idea.
  • Sea372187 Sea372187 on Jul 15, 2014
    Hi & Good Luck! I am a Master Gardener & agree with Douglas' suggestions, especially Zepherine Droubin. I ONLY buy roses from Heirloom Roses in Oregon.. They are grown on their own roots, so the lovely rose you ordered can't winterkill and leave you with ugly but hearty roses from the rootstock. Even if you don't order from them, check out their website. It is my go-to site for rose information.
  • Elizabeth Sagarminaga Elizabeth Sagarminaga on Jan 08, 2015
    Roses need plenty of sunshine, so as already mentioned in the thread you should plant the roses in the area where there is full sun. Quickly they would climb your chain link fences and make your garden space lovely. :) Here is a link for you:
  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 10, 2015
    Cecile Bruner--beware though--it's a monster!
  • Meburke Meburke on Jun 17, 2016
    Invest in a great pair of leather gloves,& sharp pruners! I find shrub brainers..w lots of repeat blooms,fertilize according to plants hang tag..I keep my tags on my roses..( quick reference too)