For years, I have elected to create privacy screens with walls of climbing roses. While climbing Zepherine Drouhine Roses are perfect for choices to place in well-traveled areas, where thorny roses might be a bit hazardous, climbing Iceberg roses do have thorns. Icebergs are not the thorniest of roses, however. New Dawn is much thornier and Mutablis roses have thorns that can be vicious. I have read that Iceberg roses are thorn-free, but that is not true. Yet, Climbing Iceberg is fairlly disease restant, and it also tolerates a bit of shade. Because it is white, it is a great backdrop for any other color scheme in your garden.
Although each of the roses on a spray of an iceberg is attractive, you generally see this plant as a mass.
“Long-Lived and Flower-Happy!
If you’re looking for a long-lived, flower-happy climbing rose, look no further than ‘Iceberg’! This garden favorite has been a common sight in landscapes for years, originally in its shrub form and now as a glorious blanket for fences, trellises, arbors, and walls!
“Long, arching canes adorn themselves with hundreds of mildly honey-scented, apple blossom-to-white blooms over a long season. Each two-inch flower has a soft pink center that accentuates the snowy white tips of the petals, and the sweet scent is most welcome on a warm summer day or in the vase. ‘Iceberg’ blooms in waves, so you get weeks of color, followed by a rest, then fresh blooms! The bees won’t believe their luck!
“‘Iceberg’ grows to a mature size of 12 to 15 feet high and 7 to 9 feet wide, and since it flowers only on old wood, it will produce more flowers over time, increasing in beauty with each passing year. Bred in England from a German rose, you will find this climber more disease resistant and cold hardy than most others. It’s made for tough weather!
“One of the most versatile climbing roses, its long canes are flexible and take well to “training.” It offers the same dense, attractive foliage of other varieties of ‘Iceberg’ and flowers at the same time you expect other climbers to, but requires less light than many climbing roses. One of the features that many gardeners take delight in is that its canes “dance” in the wind. Even a light breeze can set them in motion, and if you have a mass planting, it’s utterly gorgeous!
“Tough, hardworking, and endlessly rewarding, ‘Iceberg’ has proven to be tolerant of almost any treatment, even downright neglect, and still springs back beautifully. This climbing rose is sure to please! Zones 4-9.” Jackson and Perkins
Iceberg Rose Can Be Grown in A Container
“The Iceberg Rose is perfect for containers. It may be grown as a shrub, a standard or a climber and is hardy and disease resistant, and it does not need too much water. A great choice. This rose is the best container rose if you are just starting out. …
“Of course, it figures that the smaller roses like miniatures and patio roses would do best in containers. But what about the bigger roses. Can I grow a Climber in a pot? Well, you sure can grow a Climbing Iceberg rose in a pot. So any similar sized rose should do well, too. Just remember that roses have very deep root systems. They have one large main tap root and all the other roots branch out from it. So the main consideration when choosing a container is the depth.” Growing Roses in Containers. No Room? You Can Still Have A Beautiful Rose Garden.