Climbing Roses: Explorer Series

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William Baffin Climbing Rose

Choosing the right rose climber for your garden is the key to years of limitless pleasure. Climbing roses add height, dimension and vertical interest to your garden. Who doesn’t love the look of a rose meandering up a trellis, or cascading over a picket fence?

The Canadian Explorer Series of roses are a good choice, especially for those of us in cold climates …

Developed at Canada’s Agricultural Research Stations, these hardy modern climbing roses are very winter hardy and disease resistant. They have a heavy bloom time in early summer followed by scattered blooms through the season. They don’t need much fuss or winter protection – very easy care!

My favorite Canadian Explorer Series climbing roses:

1.) William Baffin: This is one of the hardiest climbing roses you will ever find! It bears semi-double, deep pink flowers in abundance in late June, with recurrent bloom well into fall.  It thrives in well-drained soil where it gets full sun 5 to 6 hours a day.

The best time to plant ‘William Baffin’ is early spring. This gorgeous climber proves to be exceptionally vigorous and disease resistant.

Its extensive root system needs lots of space to grow freely.  This rose is extra healthy but does lack fragrance. I’ve grown this rose for over 15 years now and it looks better each and every year. Grows 8 – 10 ft. tall …

2.) John Davis: This climbing rose features clusters of loosely double blooms of medium candy pink with yellow stamens.

A wonderful spicy fragrance, soft blue-green foliage, and thornless canes are some of the outstanding characteristics of this strong climber. Very winter hardy as well. Grows 6 – 8 ft. tall …

3.) Quadra: This Explorer Series rose is classified as a shrub rose or climbing rose since it is easily trained to climb due to its spreading habit. The large full blooms have curled inner petals that are shorter like an heirloom rose.

The rich deep red blooms mature to lighter red. Quadra’s cut flowers are wonderful with a good fragrance. Grows to about 6 feet …

4.) John Cabot: Another very hardy selection from Canada that does not need winter protection in Zone 5 …  

Lovely fuchsia red blooms are held on by thick, sturdy upright canes. The flowers repeat through the summer and are followed by glowing orange rose hips in the fall …

This huge shrub / climbing rose can become top heavy and unproductive if you don’t make the effort to remove older canes.  It can be used as a tall shrub, hedge, or as a short climber …

5.) William Booth: This member of the Explorer series has tremendous vigor.  Clusters of red buds open to reveal single blossoms of soft red with a white eye. It blooms until frost and is exceptionally winter hardy …

 

 

All of these roses are so hardy you don’t need to bury or cover them in the winter. When first planted, deep watering is more effective than frequent sprinkling …  

Mature plants will tolerate drought better than other roses.  Of course, removing faded blossoms throughout the season will encourage more blooms …

Looking for a winter hardy, low maintenance climbing rose for Zone 5?  Try a Canadian Explorer Series rose in your garden!

 

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