Climbing roses are usually grown on suitable supports, such as garden arches. Since they easily reach a height of between 2 and 4 meters in height, they always need some form of support. The classic solution is to attach them to garden arches and also gazebos. Other options include larger, solid garden obelisks, sturdy free-standing trellises, pergolas, rose tunnels and wrought iron gazebos. And, of course, fences, wall trellises and iron railings are also suitable. Climbing roses climbing support can be bought or do it yourself. We will show you different types of rose supports for the garden. And if you want to make a climbing frame yourself, we will show you some simple DIY projects.
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What types of rose supports to choose
On the market there is a wide range of climbing supports in every price range, made of different materials. At the lower end of the price scale, the frames are usually made of either wood or thin, non-galvanized iron. At the higher end of the price range, the frames are made of solid, hot-dip galvanized and powder-coated steel.
Lattice trellis is an ideal starting point for various outdoor trellises. It consists of sturdy lattice panels accented with artificial columns. Lattice trellis supports climbing plants that spice up the look with deep dark contrasts.
A well-planned, high-strength wire trellis supports even heavy climbers with minimal flaws, resulting in a clean, straight trellis that lasts longer.
A bamboo trellis is ideal for supporting climbing roses. It has a simple pattern and is incredibly easy to create.
Stainless steel climbing roses trellis
The supports made of strong steel profile tube and steel strip (depending on the size, even stronger) are completely welded and then hot-dip galvanized. The welds, which are most susceptible to rust, are thus well coated. Since zinc weathers over time, the frames are also powder coated. This is the ideal rose stand. Even when bare, in winter or before planting, they are eye-catching and a real art object in your garden.
The most common and the most elegant looking are the rose arches. They can be made of wood or metal and will give your garden a charming look.
How to plant flowers on a climbing frame
Gardeners are sometimes unsure of the best way to plant a rose on a support and let it grow along it. The answer to this question is not always easy and often depends on how you want to design your garden. The following guidelines apply to all types of climbing supports, including rose obelisks, garden arches or metal wall trellises. Roses should never be planted in the center of a garden obelisk, even though this is often seen. This makes it difficult for the rose to grow, and sooner or later (usually after 4 years at the latest) the rose obelisk will be slightly lifted and tilted to one side by the spreading shoots.
Roses should always be planted outside the garden obelisk, with a distance of about 7 to 11 cm from it. To achieve a lush effect from the start, we recommend three roses per garden obelisk or four to six plants per garden arch – that is, two to three plants on each side, depending on the size and location of the garden arch. It’s a matter of individual taste whether you plant three different roses or three of the same variety on a rose obelisk. In gardens smaller than three-quarters of an acre, it’s better to plant only one variety, since different hybrids can easily look jarring on a single garden obelisk. The same is true for garden arches and wall trellises on house walls. Limiting yourself to one variety that can be planted in larger numbers helps create the effect of sprawling lushness.
Build climbing support for climbing roses yourself
Some supports are easy and simple to make, and you can craft and install them in your own garden. Here we give you some ideas.
DIY rose support craft from cedar wood.
Materials needed for this project:
Cedar wood 2 x 4 cm for the frame.
Cedar wood 1 x 1 cm for the stops that hold the lattice in place
Cedar lattice fence – supplied in panels
Concrete for fixing the structure in the post holes. Two 25 kg bags = 1 bag for each post.
Self-tapping wood screws
- Purchase the wood for your DIY rose trellis.
- Cut the wood to size, making sure the pieces of wood are lined up properly.
- Start attaching the wood frame with the self-tapping wood screws.
- Make sure your wood frame is the perfect size so that the wood trellis will fit without you having to cut it.
- Screw everything together and then secure the trellis outside in the ground.
- Dig two 90 cm deep holes in the ground, insert your trellis and pour the mixed concrete to fix it.
Climbing roses trellis build from bamboo.
- Supply yourself with sturdy bamboo sticks.
- Spread the vertical pieces at the right distance from each other, about 15-30 cm (depending on the size of the material you want to work with), pinning the ends firmly into the ground.
- Cut the bamboo pieces to be braided horizontally to a length of 15-30 cm, equal to the distance between the two end poles.
- Weave the bamboo through the poles, passing it behind and in front of each pole in turn.
- Repeat this step with the other poles. Continue this process until you have a sturdy trellis.