Climbers or ramblers

Long, pliable canes (stems) are the main characteristic of the climbers and ramblers; this trait allows you to train these roses on a support such as a tree, trellis, fence, or archway. Although older rambling roses bloom just once every spring, modern ones can go all summer.

These plants aren't technically vines because they have no way to attach themselves well to a support. They need your help and guidance — use judiciously placed, nonbonding ties (strips of cloth are ideal). For advice on how to encourage climbing growth, see "Roses as vines," later in this chapter.

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