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What is the difference?

Rambling roses are generally older varieties that grow quite tall - up to 7 - 10 metres even through tall trees. They have a great profusion of small blooms that flower generally between June and August. The stems are generally very pliable and easy to train along a wall or fence or else they reach high into trees and tall hedges. They are generally quite trouble free but just need hard pruning in September each year by pruning out the flowered stems right down to ground level and tying in the strong new shoots that develop immediately in September and October.

Many of these roses have old French Names like Madame Alfred Carriere, or Albertine, Alberic Barbier etc. There are new recent Rambling varieties like Malvern Hills, and The Albrighton that flower repeatedly right through summer and Autumn. Rambling Roses are perfect for covering high two storey house walls, gable end walls, covering old out buildings, growing through hedges and growing up through old trees to flower up high.

Climbing roses on the other hand are newer more modern varieties that have much larger individual flowers, and they bloom for a much longer period from June to November. They are smaller plants generally growing 2-3m high and suitable for covering walls, sheds, pergola pillars . These need a bit more care in the way of pruning, feeding, and dead heading to prolong the succession of flowers. They have some lovely names such as Galway Bay, Dublin Bay, New Dawn, Warm Welcome.

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Climbing and Rambling Roses


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  1. David Austins Mycorrhizal Fungi - Grow Better Roses!

    We recommend David Austin Mycorrhizal Fungi is used when planting roses and most other trees and plants. David Austin Mycorrhizal Fungi is designed to get your plants off to the best possible start in the garden. It contains a broad mix of eighteen mycorrhizal fungi, with added beneficial bacteria and a balanced complex of biostimulants.

    A 90g (3oz) pouch is sufficient for three bare root or containerised roses.

    Our resealable top is very useful if you only plan to plant one or two roses. Incorporating David Austin Mycorrhizal Fungi into the root system of roses and most other garden plants will confer several benefits. It will: Help the plant to establish quicker. Help with water and nutrient uptake, especially the less easily attainable phosphates. Help the root system reach further into the soil. Improve the soil structure. Encourage the whole plant to thrive, both above and below ground.

    It is designed to be effective in a wide range of different climates and is particularly helpful in poorer soil conditions or when roses are planted in areas where roses have previously been grown. 



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