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The Best Purple Climbing Roses

By Nora Grace ; Updated September 21, 2017

Climbing roses are a favorite plant for space-challenged gardeners and those without space concerns alike. Purple blooms are an unusual color and can be hard to find. Purple can be light lavender to very dark black-purple and many shades in between.

Blue Angel Rose

Blue Angel Rose is the shimmering lavender-blue rose that most gardeners thing about when considering adding a purple-blooming rose to their garden. It has a sweet fragrance, grows to 10 feet tall and does equally as well in USDA zone 4 as in zone 10.

Heart O'Gold

Heart O'Gold blooms are crimson red- deep purple with a white center that bloom in clusters from May to June. The plant is very hardy and grows to 10 feet tall.

Lavender Lassie

Lavender Lassie has fragrant, semi-double blooms that are lilac-pink rather than an outstanding purple tone. It grows to eight feet tall. Lavender Lassie grows best in USDA zones 6 to 8.

Madame Isaac Pereire

Madame Isaac Pereire has dark purple-red blooms with a strong fruity fragrance. This rose is a repeat bloomer that grows to seven feet tall. Madame Isaac Pereire grows best in USDA zones 5 to 9. Provide extra winter protection in colder zones and light summer shade in warmer zones.

Night Owl

Night Owl has very dark purple, ruffled flowers that bloom prolifically from the first year. Night Owl is a repeat bloomer of large, semi-double, spicy scented blooms that open in clusters. Night Owl grows to 14 feet tall.


Russelliana is also known as ‘Old Spanish Rose’ and ‘Souvenir de la Bataille de Marengo,’ as well as several others. The blooms are double, deep red-mauve and over time tend to fade to a light pink-lilac shade. It has an old-world scent and climbs to 12 feet tall in USDA zones 5 to 9.


Veilchenblau has beautiful, blue-purple blooms with white streaks in large, fragrant clusters on thorn-less stems in mid to late spring. Blooms have a tendency to fade to gray over time. This rose grows to 15 feet tall and does well in USDA zones 5 to 9.


Violetta has deep red-purple blooms in clusters on 12 foot tall canes. This old rose will thrive in partial shade in USDA zones 5 to 10.


About the Author


Nora Grace is a freelance writer covering the topics of gardening, travel and family issues. Grace has published more than one hundred articles on garden and general interest websites across the Internet since 2007. Web writing credits include feature stories for Suite101, articles for Dave's Garden, Orato and BellaOnline.