Focus on Westerland Climbing Rose


Westerland Climbing Rose

I was shopping at a nursery center today [November 5], and I was immediately attracted to the purplish-red leaves on a few roses that had been added to the clearance table. Mind you, the plant had no blooms, but the foliage alone on this particular rose bush made it seem to be a particularly attractive plant. I looked at the tag and discovered that I had happened upon some Westerland Climbing Roses, which the Heirloom Roses site dubs as: “Magnificent, large, well-formed 5″ blooms (petals 20-25) of apricot, copper-orange on a bushy, vigorous, upright continual blooming plant with bronze-green foliage. We have to keep busy propagating this one because it is so popular. A truly outstanding shrub rose! Marvelous fragrance. Repeat blooming. Very winter hardy.”

I like the effect of small, enclosed gardens, and I have enclosed a 12′ x 40′ garden area within 8′ walls of cedar fencing. I plan to grow climbing roses upward and along the interior walls of the garden. The upper section of the fenced area is lattice, and I expect the climbing roses to weave throughout the lattice area and to topple over and along the exterior walls, too.

One of my favorite climbing roses is the very pink Zepherine Drouhin Rose. I love the way that my blue clematises look when planted with the pink.

I also love the way that my non-climbing, pink Gene Boerner rose looks when teamed with Zepherine Drouhin. White Climbing Icebergs are interspersed throughout my garden, too. Before this year, I have never grown any coral or orange-colored roses, but I am looking forward to seeing their warmer accents in my garden next summer.

Westerland Rose does not have the same growth habit as either Climbing Iceberg or Zepherine Drouhin. While Zepherine grows to a height of 15′ to 20′ and while Climbing Iceberg grows to a height of about 15′, the Westerland Rose only grows to a heigh of about 8′. It is important to note that Westerland has vicious thorns, however. I’ll plant the little beauties along short walls–in spots where, after I plant them, I won’t need to get too close afterward. Yet, because the rose is highly fragrant, I do want to plant them within smelling distance.