Climbing Roses II

Rosa JACOB’S ROBE (syn. ‘WEKausboy’) (Carruth 2008) (‘Autumn Sunset’ x ‘Playboy’) – This newer climbing rose very much mirrors the flower display of ‘Joseph’s Coat’, but with better disease resistance. It bears blended flowers (3 to 5″ wide blooms) of yellow, pink and rose over glossy deep green foliage. Moderate spice fragrance. Grows 10 to 12′ high. Hardy to zone 6.

Rosa ‘Joseph’s Coat’ (Armstrong / Swim 1964) (‘Buccaneer’ x ‘Circus’) – This old-fashioned favourite features clusters of loosely formed double blooms that emerge from coral buds, opening to deep yellow and fading with hints of orange, red and soft yellow. The first flush is always the most impressive. Fruity rose fragrance. Grows 8 to 12′ high. Hardy to zone 6.

Rosa ‘Dublin Bay’ (syn. ‘Macdub’) (McGredy 1975) (‘Bantry Bay’ x ‘Altissimo’) – One of the most disease resistant climbing roses for coastal BC and perhaps one of the best all-round red climbers. It features deep red fully double blooms (about 4″ wide) with light scent from June to October over rich green foliage. Quite cold hardy. Grows 8 to 10′ high. Hardy to zone 5.

Rosa ‘Coral Dawn’ (Boerner 1952) ([‘New Dawn’ seedling x unnamed yellow hybrid tea] x unnamed orange-red polyantha) – This rose can be a little hard to find these days but the rich coral pink blooms (with lighter edges) repeat throughout the summer and fall. These have moderate fragrance and are borne over glossy deep green foliage. Grows 8-12′ high. Hardy to zone 5.

Rosa PURPLE SPLASH (syn. ‘WEKspitrib’) (Carruth 2010) (‘Soaring Spirits’ x ‘Rhapsody in Blue’) – An unusual climbing rose with rich wine purple single to semi-double blooms, irregularly striped in white (more striping in cooler weather). These have a sweet apple fragrance and are borne over bright green foliage. Very few thorns. Grows 10-14′ high. Hardy to zone 6.

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