Climbing roses are often the centerpiece of a garden. These varieties produce thick, stiff canes that can grow to 15 feet long when supported by a trellis or a fence. There are hundreds of cultivars of climbing roses, from miniatures to hybrid teas to floribundas, with all the colors and range of bloom sizes found in shrub roses. You can choose your flower size also, from tiny clusters of blooms to large blooms as big as your fist.
The 'Abraham Darby' rose is a rich apricot-pink with hints of a golden color. This climber, which is disease resistant, produces multiple blossoms throughout the season. It thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 5 to 10. Each fragrant double bloom can reach 5 inches, with more than 100 petals. 'Abraham Darby' is the result of crossing the climber 'Aloha' with the floribunda 'Yellow Cushion.' It can reach up to 10 feet tall.
According to Heirloom Roses, the 'Courageous' was named "to honor the courageous airmen of both the Royal Air Force and the U.S. Army Air Corps who served" in World War II. Its deep red, highly fragrant blooms have more than 50 petals and reach up to 4 inches across. It grows in USDA zones 5 to 10. 'Courageous' is a repeat bloomer than can reach 6 to 8 feet tall.
'Kiss of Desire'
'Kiss of Desire,' also known as 'Harlekin,' has large, fully double flowers that can reach 4 inches. The large blooms, which reach 4 inches across, are soft white but topped and edged with bright red. They are repeat bloomers and make excellent cut flowers. A vigorous grower, it can reach 12 feet tall. 'Kiss of Desire' thrives in USDA zones 5 to 9.
'Altissimo' has velvety, blood-red blooms with bright yellow stamens. Its large, single or semi-double blooms reach about 5 inches with a light clove-like scent. While 'Altissimo' is a moderate climber,it needs to be trained early or it will become too rigid, according to the Rhode Island Rose Society. This hardy and disease-resistant rose grows in USDA zones 5 to 9.