Creating a rose arch: expert tips and suitable varieties
Rose arches create a fairytale charm in the garden. We will show you how to create a rose arch and which varieties are suitable for it.
If you’ve always dreamed of your own rose arch, you’ve come to the right place. Whether for a specific occasion, such as a wedding or simply as a pretty eye-catcher for the garden – such a rose arch has something fairytale-like about it. Very different models are available in specialist shops – whether made of wood or metal, with or without a gate – in different price ranges. If you are a skilled craftsman, you can also build your own climbing aid for your climbing roses in no time at all. In this article, we have summarized for you what you need to consider and which types of roses ( pink ) are best suited for overgrown rose arches.
We will explain below where you can buy a rose arch, how you can best proceed when laying it out and which types of roses are suitable for overgrowing the arch.
Suitable varieties for a rose arch
Not all types of roses are suitable for the rose arch. Naturally, climbing roses with their long shoots are very suitable for this. But you can also use some other higher growing shrub rose varieties for this purpose if you train their shoots accordingly. By tying them to the scaffolding, you also stabilize the roses, which means they can reach considerable heights.
The following varieties are particularly suitable for cultivation on a rose arch:
- Climbing rose ‘sympathy’
The dark red, double flowers can be seen from afar and smell wonderfully of wild roses. The flowering period extends from June to September. The vigorous rose depends on climbing aids and is therefore ideal for pergolas and rose arches. It is very hardy and reaches heights of up to three meters.
- Climbing rose ‘gold facade’
This beautiful yellow blooming rose grows vigorously and upright. The flowers are very fragrant, but unfortunately, the rose blooms only a little. It reaches heights of up to 3.5 meters but has to be regularly supplied with plant strengtheners due to its high susceptibility to leaf diseases.
- Climbing rose ‘Gloire de Dijon’
The rose with the double flowers in different shades of yellow is a real eye-catcher. It reaches heights of up to 2.5 meters. The climbing rose, which blooms frequently, is characterized by its high leaf health, but the flowers are not very rainproof. After the main bloom in June, a second bloom occurs in autumn.
- Rambler Rose ‘Perennial Blue’
The classic among the climbing roses is known for its strong growth and good surface coverage. The small flowers are initially pink in color and later fade into violet-blue. In contrast to many other rambler roses, this variety will flower more often. Another advantage is the low susceptibility to diseases. However, winter protection is advisable over the cold months.
- English rose ‘The Pilgrim’
Actually, the rose grows rather compact and bushy but can be grown very well as a climbing rose and then reach a height of up to 3.5 meters. The yellow flowers turn white on the outside and appear from June to September. Due to the good winter hardiness, no special protective measures are usually required.
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Tip from a pro: climbing and shrub roses can also be wonderful with other climbing plants, for example, combine with clematis (Clematis).
Put on rose arch: procedure
First, you should think carefully about where you want to place the rose arch. For example, you can use it to structure a larger garden and divide it into different rooms. However, once the rose arch has been erected, it is hardly possible to relocate it. In addition, in most cases, an anchoring made of concrete provides the necessary support. However, you should be careful to put the concrete layer deep enough so that a good layer of earth can be applied over it. After all, the chosen location must also be suitable for the rose that is to grow over the rose arch. The planting should ideally be done in autumn (October / November) so that the rose can take root well over the winter.
Instructions to create a rose arch:
- Select a suitable location
- Set up and anchor the rose arch
- Dig up the soil at the planting site and loosen it
- If necessary, primarily incorporate organic long-term fertilizers
- Dig the planting hole with sufficient distance (approx. 50 cm) to the scaffolding
- Plant a rose bush on each side
- Divert the shoots onto the scaffolding and secure with raffia
Tip from the professional: The shoots should not stick up straight after they have been tied, but rather attached to the side of the trellis.
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Buy rose arch: comparison and tips
You can buy a rose arch in almost every Bauhaus or gardening specialist. The price varies depending on the size, material, and equipment. If you want to save some money, you can also build a rose arch yourself cheaply and with relatively little effort.
Metal rose arch
Rose arches made of metal are more durable compared to natural materials such as wood or bamboo. You can bend simple constructions from reinforcement bars yourself or have them bent. A specialist can then carry out the hot-dip galvanizing. You can also stretch wires between the individual struts to make it easier for the rose to climb.
In stores, models made of coated steel or iron are available in a simple form and with ornate decorations. Depending on the provider, earth hooks for fastening in the ground are also included. Models with an integrated door or gate can be used as an entrance or passage to the garden. Half rose arches are also offered as wall aids.
Tip from the professional: When buying, make sure that the metal rose arch is undamaged and has a sufficiently thick coating that protects against weathering and rust.
Rose arch made of wood
Unfortunately, a wooden rose arch is not as easy to care for as a metal frame. Various models made of spruce, larch, or pine are available in stores. But even these robust types of wood are not completely weatherproof and can therefore rot over a long period of time. To avoid this, rose arches made of wood are usually already treated with various glazes and wood preservatives.
With a little craftsmanship, you can easily build a wooden rose arch according to your own wishes and ideas. However, as already mentioned, the wood must be adequately protected from weathering. The best thing to do is to get professional advice at the hardware store. You can either use pre-treated wood that is suitable for outdoor use, or you can paint it yourself using the appropriate means. If, on the other hand, you do not take any special measures, the scaffolding will probably have to be replaced in a few years.
Tip from the professional: Creative craftsmen can also build an arbor or a pergola under which there is space for benches – for cozy summer evenings under a sea of roses.
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