The Best Rambling Roses

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The Best Rambling Roses
Rambling roses have seven leaflets on each leaf. (David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Roses are the queen of flowers, valued for their beauty, scent, and feminine charm. In 1880, Max Wichura shipped a set of Japanese species plants to Europe called "Rosa wichuraiana." These roses grew near the ground and produced long, creeping canes. In 1999, The American Rose Society dropped the moniker "rambler" and replaced it with the classification name "hybrid wichuraiana" which is more accurate. Rambling roses have small flowers that do not rebloom.

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Pink Roamer

The "Pink Roamer" was introduced by Michael Horvath in 1917. This species is a cross between R. wichuraiana and red "China Cramoisi Superieur" "Pink Roamer" produces 1-inch diameter, bright pink blossoms and is a rampant, free-growing climber. This species of R. wichuraiana is excellent for naturalising and needs no pruning.

The Best Rambling Roses
"Pink Roamer" produces bright-pink flowers. (David De Lossy/Valueline/Getty Images)

May Queen

"May Queen" is a cross of R. wichuraiana and Mrs. DeGraw, a pink Bourbon, introduced by Walter Van Fleet in 1898. "May Queen" has the unique ability to rebloom occasionally and may be grown as a shrub or trained to climb on an arbor, fence or trellis.

The Best Rambling Roses
"May Queen" can be trained to an arbor. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Alberic Barbier

"Alberic Barbier" produces small, double, creamy yellow-white flowers with yellow eyes or centres and lush green foliage. This R. wichuraiana has a strong fragrance reminiscent of apples. "Alberic Barbier" can produce clusters as well as single flowers.

The Best Rambling Roses
"Alberic Barbier" produces creamy yellow-white flowers. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

American Pillar

Introduced in 1902, "American Pillar" is a cross between R. wichuraiana and the native American rambling rose. With its small, single, carmine-pink blossoms with white eyes, "American Pillar" boasts large clusters of single flowers and is a profuse bloomer. "American Pillar" can grow as long as 20 feet and has glossy green leaves. "American Pillar's canes are green and prickly. This rose, like many other ramblers, is prone to mildew.

Goldfinch

"Goldfinch" R. wichuraiana has a glorious scent emanating from its white single flowers. Prune "Goldfinch" in November while its stems are still pliable.

The Best Rambling Roses
Prune "Goldfinch" in November. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Newport Fairy

"Newport Fairy" has small, single flowers in very large clusters. This variety of rose emits a light fragrance and is the highest-rated R. wichuraiana in existence. This species grows up to 20 feet long.

The Best Rambling Roses
"Newport Fairy" produces pink roses. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Paul's Himalayan

"Paul's Himalayan Musk" is one of the best ramblers, producing extended trailing growth reaching up to 30 feet. The delicate sprays of this rambling rose features tiny blush-pink rosettes on thin stems . This species of R. wichuraiana is ideal for growing on trees, draping on pergolas or covering a fence or wall.

The Best Rambling Roses
This species of rambling rose is suited to growing on a fence. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Albertine

R. wichuraiana "Albertine" was introduced in 1921. This rambling rose has coppery buds that open up to reveal medium-sized pink flowers. "Albertine" flowers only once each year but over an elongated time period.

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