You are ready to enjoy a happy summer! Planting now and pruning is a great way to prepare for summer flowers

  • Nigel Colborn believes this season is for planting and pruning roses 
  • The megastars of midsummer color, perfume and romance are roses 
  • UK-based gardening expert says with 30,000 varieties, you’re spoilt for choice

Think about walking in a rose-filled garden during a June evening. You can now stop by a pergola and admire these climbers as full-floral flowers. A gentle breeze blows petals and nightingales sing from nearby woods. What would this look like?

The November roses are horrible back home. After pruning them, they will appear neater but still terrible. But in summer ooh la la! This is why roses are so beloved by nearly everyone. Roses are the ultimate midsummer color, scent and romance star.

This is the best time to prune roses and plant. From now until late March, bare root plants can be purchased. Containerized plants can be purchased at any moment, but I have always preferred the bare root plant. They are dormant and settle fast, so they grow stronger in the first year.

It is surprising how economical climbing types are with regard to space. They can be trained on almost any surface that receives sunlight for at least part the day.

Riot of colour: Rambler Rosa Open Arms will make your garden sparkle in summer

Rambler Rosa Open Arms: A Riot of Colour! Your garden will sparkle this summer with the vibrant colors of Rambler Rosa Open Arms

There are many sizes of roses, including miniature shrubs and monster ramblers. There are over 30,000 varieties to choose from, so you will be spoilt for choices. However, it is important to ensure that your roses are disease and vigor resistant. 


Ramblers tend to have bigger flowers than climbers. Many flowers will reappear after June’s flush, but not all. Later flowers come in smaller flushes.

The June blooms of Rambling Roses are spectacular. Some people may be done with it. Other people go on, although in smaller numbers.

Climbers are more aggressive than ramblers. Although the flowers can be small or medium-sized, they are often sprayed in large quantities. If the flowers are too pushy, such as spring flowering Rosa banksiae or white Rambling Rector, they will grow up to the top of a large tree and engulf its canopy. They could both reach the eaves of the house wall within a couple weeks. So make sure to check your plants’ expected sizes.

Like all roses climbers or ramblers are available in other colours than true blue. You may also be interested in fragrance.


A beautiful display can be achieved by combining different roses. While some people like the combination of yellow and scarlet, others don’t love it. Both are valid.

Soft blends might be made with salmon rambler Albertine and creamy Alberic Barbier. Our house’s red brick is well suited for dark-flowered Alec’s Red.

You may prefer a June celebration that isn’t repeated as often, so choose flower-heavy, non-repeating ramblers. Some examples include the ochre and creamy Goldfinch, pale Pink Open Arms and shocking Pink Minnehaha. Train companion climbers, such as potato vine, golden hops, or late honeysuckle to prolong the show.

The vast array of rose varieties is always confusing. It is safer to consult a catalogue or read a good book before you make a decision. These can become the soul and heart of your garden.