Climbing Roses

Rosa ‘Autumn Sunset’ (Lowe 1986) – This sport of the famous climber ‘Westerland’ was discovered in New Hampshire. It features 5″ wide semi-double flowers of apricot and golden yellow, fading with hints of pink. These repeat bloom from early summer through to fall and the plant is generally disease resistant like its parent. Grows 8 to 12′ high by 4-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Rosa ‘Westerland’ (Kordes 1969) (‘Friedrich Worlein’ x ‘Circus’) – A very popular climber here on the west coast, much in part to its free-flowering nature and good disease resistance. It features large (4-5″ wide) semi-double blooms that open pale orange and fade to  a rich peach with pink edges. Repeat blooms. Award of Garden Merit. Grows 8′ high by 4-5′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Rosa ‘Goldstern’ (Tantau 1966) (syn. ‘Gold Star’, ‘Stella Dorata’, TANtern’) – A modern climber with roots in the Kordes nursery, this repeat bloomer bears fully double (5″ wide) golden yellow flowers that emerge from long pointed buds. The new foliage is pale green edged in red and matures to a glossy deep green. Modest fragrance. Grows 7-8′ high. Hardy to zone 6.

Rosa ‘Rosarium Uetersen’ (Kordes 1977) (‘Karlsrube’ x seedling) (syn. ‘Seminole Wind’ , ‘KORtersen’) – Named after the oldest rose garden in Northern Germany, this climber features very double fragrant flowers of a deep coral pink that repeat bloom. It is disease resistant and the fully open flowers tend to lightly cascade. Glossy green foliage. Grows 6-8′ tall. Hardy to zone 5.

Rosa ‘Alchymist’ (Kordes 1956) (R. eglanteria x ‘Golden Glow’) (syn. ‘Alchemist’, ‘Alchimiste’) – A truly spectacular climber with old-fashioned quartered blooms of rich golden-yellow flushed with apricot, that fade with pink tones. It blooms only once a year, usually for four weeks in June. The flowers have a very heady fragrance. Grows 12′ high by 6′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

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