Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carrière'

rose Madame Alfred Carrière (climbing noisette)

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4 litre potted rose £27.99
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Buy Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carrière' rose Madame Alfred Carrière (climbing noisette): A repeat-flowering variety

This rose is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade (it's one of the best roses for a north-facing aspect)
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Fragrant, fully double, white to pale pink flowers from July to September and light green leaves. This reliable, repeat-flowering, old climbing rose is ideal for a north-facing site. A popular and hardy climber since Victorian times, its slender, pliable stems are particularly suitable for training over a rose arch, fence or wall.

    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 be 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 plant’s 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 an open fan shape and as new shoots emerge, tie these in horizontally, as this will encourage flowering shoots to form nearer the base.

    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 manufacturer’s 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.

    From late autumn to late winter, pop on a pair of tough gloves and remove any dead, damaged or weak-looking stems. Tie in new stems and shorten the side shoots of any flowered stems by up to two thirds. When the plants become congested, remove one or two of the oldest stems, cutting them right back to their base. Climbing roses usually respond well to hard pruning, so those that have become very 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.

  • Humans/Pets: Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten

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Notes on Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carrière'

"A large climber to light up a north wall, or span a pergola with good healthy mid-green foliage and pale-pink noisette roses that go on until almost Christmas!"

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Slow to establish


Flimsy growth in first and second year but definitely more flowers in year two.

Busy gardener

NW London


Great roses, quick growing ,lovely blooms


Used at the back of a border , fast growing , lovely coloured blooms




Lovelyhealthy rose.


A favourite rose that I use against walls and fences.




No flowers at all and very slow growing


Bought to climb up a fence, but so slow growing and no flowers not even a bud - very disappointed




rather disappointed


I've had this rose since the spring of 2015 and despite all my best efforts it doesn't want to flower. Its large and healthy, i've bent the stems and they produce lateral shoots only to go on to produce more and more leaves. I feed it tomato feed every fortnight during the summer and it still looks like it will still have no flowers this year! I only had two flowers from it last year (and that's the only time). I have a south facing garden so it gets full sun for about half the day before the buildings block the sun as it moves round, but it is never in shade and open to the sky. I'm a patient gardener but i'm wondering what else to do without it now as it was meant to be the focal point of the garden! I have two other roses and a climber which produce bountiful amounts (queen of sweden, the generous gardener, claire austin).



I may buy another one soon


Looking really good on a rather shady east facing fence. Flowered a few weeks after being planted. Easy to train along the fence.




Good-quality plant and doing well


This is a lovely rose, strong growing and scented, which I have planted to cover a shed. It is showing new shoots and has survived well in a difficult position. Reasonably flexible so easy to tie in.

Paula B



Excellent service.


Very impressed with the fast friendly service. My rose arrived in perfect condition.


Horsforth. Leeds


Perfect specimen


Must admit to being pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this rose was. Perfectly healthy and growing and climbing up the house strongly. We love it. Would definitely recommend Crocus, quality of plants, delivery and communication always top notch.




Healthy & vigorous


Grew very well in the first season with no checking. Even a few flowers.


South West



4.3 13


I have planted this rose against a south facing wall. Is there anything you would recommend to grow under it?


Hello, Yes, any of the herbaceous geraniums would be lovely - please click on the following link to go straight to them.


Hello, I would like to know if this rose would be ok to plant under our large weeping willow? Thank you, Nicole


Hello, While this rose is more shade tolerant than most, I do not think that a spot beneath a weeping willow would be suitable for any of the roses.


Hi. I bought a couple of these roses for a North East facing wall last November. They have grown well but not flowered - I didn't really expect them to in the first year but can you tell me if I should prune them now or leave them alone. Should I expect them to flower next summer and is there anything I can do to help them along? Thank you.

Novice Gardener

Hello there The ideal time to prune climbing roses is from late autumn to late winter, but it is often a good idea to prune in the autumn so you can cut out any dead, damaged or weak stems, and tie in any that are loose so they don't get caught by the winter winds. Hopefully as long as your roses are getting enough sun they should flower next year, but you can always give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash feed in the growing season.

I would like to grow this rose in a container against a balcony wall that doesn't get direct sun and is always shaded - I would say light shade. Does the colour of the wall matter? Am considering painting it a dark colour (currently white) and wondering if by absorbing light it would have effect on the growth of the plant. Many thanks.


Hello, The colour of the wall will not have a significant impact on the roses growth, however this rose (like all the climbing roses), will not be happy in a pot for more than about a year. If you want a longer term climber, then I would opt for one of the smaller Clematis.


Hi, I planted this rose which was a gift in late March and it is growing very well. Only thing is it has not flowered and doesn't even have any buds yet. I have placed it against a fence panel and it gets all the afternoon sun. The other rose that came at the same time (Albertine) has flowered beautifully and my other roses are in full flower. Is this a late flowering variety?


Hello, These generally start flowering in midsummer, so you should start to see some flowers soon. You can also give it a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser such as Tomorite or Sulphate of Potash.


Hi there, This is my first year having some of these roses - I just wondered when to prune or cut dead flowers? Basically some of the flowers have bloomed and now died away, I am quite new to roses so wondered whether I should dead-head or snip them off as each flower finishes blooming and dies away? Also generally up to when should they continue flowering - around August or later? All help much appreciated :)


Hello, This rose will often bloom from July to September, and it will usually produce more if the spent flowers are removed as soon as they have faded - ideally cutting back the stem to the first leaf.


Hi there, I bought one of these in a 4l pot and have just planted out. I just wondered how long after planting we can expect flowers? I am planning to put some feed in to help it (high potash) as we don't get much sun in this spot. I know all plants will vary but just looking for a rough estimate on how long they take to flower. - thanks!


Hello there Unfortunately as you say it is really difficult to say how long it will take for any plant to flower as so many external factors can affect this, such as water, nutrients, sun etc. but it is generally a fast grower. Although this rose will tolerate partial shade, it does need some sun to produce flowers. Sorry we can't be more specific for you. Hope this helps. Sorry

Hi I need to replace a climbing Rose that has been plagued with mildew and black spot, have done everything to try to prevent it to not avail. Would this Rose work? It would be against a fense in a south west facing city garden in Glasgow?


Hello, Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carrière' is one of the healthier roses, so should be a good choice - as would Compassion or New Dawn

Hi, I have a north facing fence that I need to cover. I need a plant that will grow well in a container so soil type isn't an issue as this area is decked, but it must be safe for dogs - mine have a tendency to chew my plants. I was hoping for a highly scented plant. It will be meeting up with a purple clematis viticella that is netted off in a border. Have you any suggestions please?


Afternoon There are a number of different climbers that you could use, but probably the option is for you to use our plant search facility, which is at the top of each page. There you can select the climbers etc by clicking on the images or text. This will take you to a more in depth search facility where you can select the aspect, plants suitable for containers, eventual size of plant, flower colour, main season of interest, etc. From this you will see our full range of plants that fit this criteria - all you need to do is choose the one you like for the area. Regarding which plants are safe for your dog, we would recommend that you check with your vets, who should be able to advise you. Hope this helps


Madame 'Alfred Carriere' Rose- does it have thorns? Hi there, the above rose would seem perfect for my garden, but I need to know one thing, it thorny? I particularly want a thorny rose as I am planting it as a security aspect as well as for its looks. Many thanks, Sharon

Sharon Boothroyde

Hello Sharon, These are beautiful roses and they do have thorns, but not masses of them. If you want as particularly thorny rose, then the Rosa rugosa species are the best - but they are large shrubs rather than climbers. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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