By training a fabulous, fragrant climbing or rambling rose up a wall or or fence, you can convert a dull, even unsightly area into one of the most stunning features in your garden. It draws the eye up from the ground, providing colour and blooms at eye level. Similarly, placing a rose behind a border on a wall or fence will increase the impact and visual depth of the bed.
supporting and training a rose on a wall or fence
Place the lowest straining wire 2ft (60cm) from the ground, repeating every 12-18” (30-45cm) up the wall or fence, up to the established height of the rose. The span of the straining wires should cover the width you want the rose to fill. Use vine eyes every 5ft (1.5m) along the length to hold the wire in place and stop it from sagging. Alternatively, support using a trellis attached to the wall and tie-in directly onto the trellis.
As the rose grows, encourage side shoots by fanning out the stems left and right into the available space. Tie in as you go, aiming to create good, even coverage.