The Best Climbing Roses for a Small Arbor

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The Best Climbing Roses for a Small Arbor
Climbing roses can add old-fashioned charm to a garden. (roof of arbor image by timur1970 from

Climbing roses, which make the most of vertical space, are perfect for those gardeners who love the appearance and fragrance of roses but have little room to grow a full-size rose bush. Climbing roses add charm to arbors and fences, and many of them are small enough to not overwhelm a small arbor. Most climbing roses are fragrant, and some even boast long-stemmed flowers that can be cut for bouquets.

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Social Climber

Growing to 10 feet tall, the rose Social Climber is perfect for areas where you don't have a lot of room. This rose will fill your summer garden with its spicy-scented blooms dark rose-pink colour. The flowers of the Social Climber are large, reaching 4 inches across, and the foliage is a rich, dark green. This rose needs full sun and well-drained soil in USDA Hardiness zones 7 to 10.


The bright salmon-coloured blooms of the Westerland climbing rose will fill your summer garden with colour and a delicate rose fragrance. Westerland is hardy from zone 5 to 10 and grows in full sun and well-drained soil. This rose is almost disease free in the South but can suffer from fungal problems elsewhere, according to the website Rose Gardening Made Easy. This rose will climb to 8 feet tall once it is mature.

Scent From Above

If this climbing rose doesn't wow you with its large heavily petalled yellow-gold flowers, it will with the rich liquorice scent that fills the garden as they bloom. According to Monrovia, Scent From Above will grow from 8 to 10 feet tall, making it perfect to grow up the sides of a small arbor. This rose needs full sun and is hardy from zone 6 to 10. Prune this rose in late summer to encourage further growth.

John Cabot

Growing to 10 feet tall, the John Cabot climbing rose is covered in magenta-coloured, long-lasting flowers that will bloom from early summer into fall. The flowers are fragrant and edible. This climbing rose is hardy from zone 3 to 9 and will thrive in well-drained soil and full sun.

Don Juan

Like its namesake, the Don Juan climbing rose is sure to charm you. Velvety red petals are slightly ruffled and exude a strong damask scent. Even though this is a climbing rose, reaching a height of 10 feet tall, the flowers grow on long stems either singly or in clusters, making them perfect for cut flowers as well. The flowers are 5 inches wide and bloom throughout summer in full sun in zones 6 to 11.

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