How to Add Climbing Roses to Your Cottage Garden

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Rachel Stone

Hello everyone! Today I’m thrilled to share part of my dream-come-true cottage garden story! This post (& VIDEO) cover some practical tips on the care & propagation of climbing roses in the cottage garden. I hope you enjoy & find some helpful tips!

To say this rose is vigorous is an understatement…

Matt & I always say we’d rather have plants we have to beat back rather than play nursemaid to & this rose fits that bill! Three years ago my Dad gave me several cuttings of this rose from his own bush back in Texas. The cuttings were wrapped in a damp paper towel & I was so excited to give them a try!

I called my Dad recently to get his method for rose propagation ~ here are his tips:


  • Choose canes the size of a straw about 6 – 8 inches long
  • Be sure your canes have buds
  • Dip canes in water, then in a powdered root simulator
  • Plant right side up in a sandy, loamy soil & expect about 75% to take root!  

The name of this red rambler has been lost, but we call her the Red Lady. She is romantic, graceful, & resilient ~ just like a Texas country girl should be!

In addition to cuttings of the Red Lady my Dad also gave me cuttings of a delicate miniature pink rose from my great-grandmother. Nearest I can tell this rose resembles The Fairy in most rose catalogs. 

Having this legacy rose in my garden is such a treasure! You might enjoy the post ion this rose: Caring  for Your Roses ~ A  Growing Legacy.

These bright red-eyed white Vinca make an appearance in my garden every year as they have proven to be easy keepers. We usually pick up a ten or so and use them to fill in spots where we know the perennials will die back.

You may have noticed the Vinca in our recent Handmade Cottage Garden Window Boxes post.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post & have gained some simple tips & inspiration to add climbing roses to your garden!

Thank you so much for stopping by our little cottage! until our next visit ~ take care!

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Author: Rachel Stone
Rachel is passionate about creating a comfortable and beautiful home for her family. She also loves to share the lessons she is learning with her wonderful audience both on this blog and her YouTube channel.

14 thoughts on “How to Add Climbing Roses to Your Cottage Garden”

  1. I enjoyed this trip so much. We love our roses. I do intend to try and take your advice on clipping a stick and growing it. I will let you know how it turns out.
    I love your videos. You are a beautiful woman inside and out and your sweetness shows in your voice.
    Love Pat Rasbeary

    • Hello Mrs. Rasbeary!
      That’s so sweet of you – I’m really glad you enjoyed the video & found some helpful tips. I’d love to hear how it turns out for you!

      • The roses are lovely! I agree with Robin, you have “great presence on video.” Love being able to keep up with what is going on with you through the videos. Also, I spy Old Blue! 😊

        • Hello Joanna!
          We’ve enjoyed sharing what’s going on & further connecting with our readers through video. So glad you’re enjoying the videos! And, yes “old Blue” is still hanging around! Thanks for stopping by & leaving a comment. Have a lovely day!

  2. Absolutely loved this video! Makes me want to start a rose garden. 🌹 can’t believe those little sticks became such a beautiful wall of flowers! Jade loves seeing the vincas (her favorite flower). that you planted at the base of the rose.

    • Hello Annie & Jade!
      I agree ~ it’s amazing to see what came out of those little rose cuttings! I’m glad you enjoyed the video & it inspired you to plant a rose garden ~ I’d love to help! Thank you for stopping by & leaving a comment, have a lovely day. 🙂

  3. Rachel,
    Your “dream wrapped up in a paper towel” is lovely! I’m anxious to see those beauties in person. You have a great presence on video. I think it has added a great touch.

    • Hi Miss Robin!
      I’m glad the video has brought the roses to life & you found the story intriguing. Thank you for taking time to watch the video & leave a comment! I’m looking forward to our next chat over tea!

  4. Hi Rachel
    Love this video and the sweet
    story behind the roses. It was informative and I hope you enjoy your beautiful roses for years to come.


    • Hi there, Mi Mi!
      So glad you enjoyed the video ~ I’m thrilled to have cuttings of the same rose my Dad has in his garden. It’s a bit of family legacy. Thanks for watching & commenting. Have a lovely day!

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