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Rosa Rambling Rector Rambling Rose
Rosa Rambling Rector is one of the most popular rambling roses in the UK. It is an excellent performer, very healthy and reliable with a strong growth habit. It was introduced to the UK in 1899 and holds an RHS Award of Garden Merit for its attributes.
Rambling roses are deciduous and flower once a year in a large mass of petal and fragrance. Rosa Rambling Rector is a magnificent sight in full bloom. It has large heads of many semi double white flowers which are stunning with a contrasting yellow stamen. These splashes of white can measure up to 4 cm wide. The fragrance from Rose Rambling Rector’s sprays is strong and lightly clove-like which permeates a summer morning. Pollinators flock to this rose and you’ll often hear it buzzing from a distance. In autumn small red hips appear providing rich autumn colour and food for wildlife.
The leaf habit is strong, pointed and small with very dense twigs, thorns and shoots that intertwine and cling to surfaces. It can grow many metres in the course of year and will reach a maximum height of 4-8 metres spreading over the same with 5-10 years.
How Hardy is Rosa Rambling Rector
It is hardy in all of the UK and Europe if its feet are kept from water-logged conditions. In dry spells it appreciates water, but is tough and hardy enough to withstand hot summers and very cold winters.
How To Use Rosa Rambling Rector
The most popular use for Rose Rambling Rector is as a screen or to cover an unsightly shed, fence or tree because its foliage retains thick cover before and after flowering. Its clingy nature means this rambler is a good choice for pergolas, fences and archways too. It can also be used on border fences, in cottage gardens and informal wildlife gardens as a climber or alternatively a dense wild shrub. Rose Rambling Rector will grow in full sun and is tolerant of shade too and could be used for a north facing wall but it won’t flower as profusely. It is a flexible, healthy rose with a strong growth habit that will easily cover a bare area within a few years. Team it with other flowering climbers such as early or late flowering clematis, or a climbing rose with several flushes of colour.
How To Care For Rosa Rambling Rector
This rose is forgiving and tolerant, growing in most gardens and soils, but it does prefer full sun. In moist soil with a warm spring rambling roses can put out enormous growth spurts. Thickly mulch with a layer of well-rotted manure in early spring for the best flowering display
All ramblers flower on old wood, so if you need to cut it back do so after flowering so the rose has time to grow new shoots that will flower next year.
This rambling rose is an excellent performer and one of the best available. If you want a screen that is beautiful, fragrant and attracts wildlife, but is tough, hardy and vigorous you can’t go wrong with the Rambling Rector – it’s withstood the test of time and is still hugely popular today for good reason.
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