Rosa 'Albéric Barbier'
rose Albéric Barbier (rambler)
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Needs a warm wall to climb before it produces soft-yellow flowers, that expand to lemon-white quartered blooms, lots of late-season blooms and glossy green foliage
- Position: full sun or light dappled shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June and July
- Flower colour: pale lemon-white
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Small, elegant sprays of fully double, slightly scented, creamy-white flowers in June and July and glossy, dark-green leaves. The foliage of this vigorous, rambling rose is virtually evergreen, making it ideal for covering unsightly buildings or walls. It will happily grow in sun or partial shade, often producing a second flush of fragrant blooms.
All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.
- Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plants roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka. replant disease). Before planting you will also need to make sure that there is adequate support for the rose to grow onto.
Remove the plants from their pots and gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the 'bud union' (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across the top of the hole. When they are at the right height, back-fill the hole, firming the soil down gently before watering the plant well. Tie the stems to the support in and open fan shape and as new shoots emerge, tie these in horizontally.
When planting against a large tree, dig a hole about a metre away from the trunk and angle the rose towards the trunk. The tree must be mature and strong enough to take the weight of the rose. Or you can train the rose up to the crown of branches, using wooden supports. In this case the rose should be planted on the outer reaches of the tree's canopy. Allow it to scramble up the supports and then into your chosen tree.
Water generously until well established, and apply a specialist rose fertiliser (following the manufacturers instructions) each spring. They will also benefit from a generous mulch of composted farmyard manure in spring, but make sure this is kept away from the stems.
When your rose has filled the allotted space, one in three of the oldest stems can be cut right back to their base. In smaller areas, remove all the stems that have flowered, tie in new stems to replace them, and then shorten the side-shoots of the remaining stems by up to two thirds. This should be done in late summer after their flowers and hips have faded. Rambling roses usually respond well to hard pruning, so those that have become overgrown can be renovated from late autumn to late winter. First remove any dead, damaged or weak-looking stems completely. Keeping from four to six young stems, cut all the others right back to their base. Shorten the side shoots on the remaining stems by up to a half and tie these onto the support.
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I bought two of these roses three years ago to cover some really unsightly brickwork where the previous owners started to paint the wall then changed their minds! I was resigned to having to wait a few years to see results, but in the first year they grew well over six foot and within two seasons had covered the wall really well. The foliage is dense and pretty much evergreen so we have cover all year round. Absolutely superb, am going to buy another.
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is this rose trained to climb on building brick wall without support?Asked on 12/4/2016 by sinu from MK
I'm afraid all the climbing roses will need a support to grow onto.Answered on 18/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hi, I'm looking for a fragrant rose to grow as a hedge at the bottom of my south facing garden. The Fence i want to grow the rose along backs on to a wheat field. The soil is a little clay but mostly loved by rabbits. I'd love it to be a repeat flowering variety but i'm already starting to think i'm asking too much. Am I ? Can it be fast growing too ? Have i gone too far with that last request ?Asked on 30/7/2015 by Leah from Somerset
There are a few roses that will meet your criteria - please click on the following link to go straight to them.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/hedging-rose/plcid.8/plcid.666/vid.234/Answered on 31/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hi, is this variety suitable for growing in a container up a trellis? Thanks.Asked on 15/3/2014 by Richard from United Kingdom
Rosa 'Albéric Barbier' is a wonderful vigorous rambler, which can grow quite large up to 5m x 4m so it is not the best rose to grow in a container with a trellis. I would plant a more compact form like Rosa 'Climbing Iceberg'.http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/rosa-climbing-iceberg/classid.1181/
Roses in containers will use up their food reserves quickly so may need to be fed with a granular rose fertiliser, and not allowed to dry out otherwise they can become prone to powdery mildew.Answered on 17/3/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Climbers for North East facing wall
Hi I was just wondering if you could give me some advice please. Our house is a Victorian end of terrace - the side of the house faces North-East. The side of the house is very bare (only two tiny windows on ground floor) and we would like to grow something up the wall. We have had trouble with graffiti in the past and want to paint the side of the house and then put trellis to about 7ft. Can you suggest something that would grow quite quickly please. Kind Regards JoannaAsked on 6/11/2009 by Joanna Swainson
A:Hello Joanna, If you click on the link below it will take you to our fast growing climbers, which will cope with low light levels. If you click into each card you can then see the eventual height and spread of each plant - some of them are pretty big. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.186/vid.237/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Thank you so much Helen, this helps a lot.Answered on 9/11/2009 by Joanna Swainson
Q:Climbing Plant on a North-Facing Trellis
Dear Sir/Madam, Could you recommend a climbing plant for a trellis? The trellis in question is set against my neighbour's wall, and faces northward. So, I'm looking for a plant to provide maximum, attractive, fast-growing coverage. Yours faithfully, PeterAsked on 18/8/2009 by Peter Lawson
A:Hello Peter, I have done a search on our Plant Finder and if you click on the following link it will take you to all the climbers which will grow on a north facing aspect and are fast growing (although keep in mind most plants are going into their dormant period now) http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.186/vid.237/ I hope this helps.Answered on 19/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Climbing Rose with late summer colour please
Dear Crocus, I am looking for the climbing rose "Handel". I cannot find it on the site, so wonder if you can get it? Otherwise I need a climbing rose that is tolerant of some shade, with a pink or white flower and preferably repeat flowering. The soil is somewhat of a chalky loam. Many thanksAsked on 15/8/2009 by P.Sabin
A:Hello There, I'm afraid we do not have a close match, but if you click on the following link it will take you to the climbing roses that we sell which are tolerant of a little shade. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/plcid.8/plcid.11/vid.167/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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