Rosa 'Rambling Rector'

rose Rambling Rector (rambler)

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Buy Rosa 'Rambling Rector' rose Rambling Rector (rambler): Scented white blooms

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

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Large clusters of scented, semi-double, creamy-white flowers from July to September, followed by small, spherical, red rose hips. This vigorous, rambling rose is ideal for covering an unsightly structure or scrambling through a robust tree. It's an excellent variety for wilder areas of the garden or for covering a north-facing 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.

    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.

    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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Notes on Rosa 'Rambling Rector'

"A large white, once-and-only rambler capable of scrambling into trees, covering summer houses or porches, with a strong musk fragrance and often called Shakespeare’s Musk"

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I would recommend this rose to anyone


The rose was abundant with flowers after only a few months of planting and the sent is strong and lovely.

Happy Garddener

South Yorkshire

Second time of buying I had to leave one behind when I moved


Wonderful display when in flower


North London


Beautiful rose


I saw the rose at Barnsdale gardens and the pollinators were swarming over the roses, I thought that rose is for me in my garden.






Healthy plant already looking beautiful




Rector enjoying his ramble!


This rose has settled well into a place by a large fence. I hope when established it will cover the fence






Grew extremely quickly, very healthy, 2 meters high in its second year! Needs a lot of space.




Fast grower


Grew more than a metre in its first year against a north facing wall. Bought this to add character and colour to a large brick wall planted at the base with native hedging.




I would recommend


Mine died. I planted it among too many tree roots and I think it was killed by honey fungus


East Sussex


very, very happy with product


perfect for what I wanted, I knew what I wanted





4.8 9


Hi this plant looks ideal - found it while looking for plants that bud rosehips. Can you confirm that rosehips from these are edible to make rosehip syrup with please? Thank you


Hello, I'm afraid this is not my area of expertise, however I have done a search on google and it does not appear in the recipes that I looked at, that any particular type of rosehip is needed for making syrup.


Hello, I am interested in finding native plants for a very long border/hedge. Is this rambling rose native? Is it possible that you can include whether a plant in native or not in all of your plant descriptions?


Hello there Unfortunately this rose is not native to the UK. The only one we sell that is native is Rosa canina, which I have attached a link to below. We do have information on which plants are native in our plant search facility. For instance if you go into hedging plants, on the left side of the page you can refine your search. Under 'Attributes' there is an arrow to 'Special Features', if you click on this a list opens up and you will see a heading for 'Plants that are native', click on this and it will show you all the native hedging plants. Hope this helps

2 yr old Rambling Rector Rose sprouting leaves at base with 9 leaves, are these briars needing to be cut out please ?


Hello, I'm afraid you cannot really determine by the number of leaflets, so you will need to try to trace the stem back to the base to see if it is coming from below the graft union.


Hello. We recently bought a couple of rambling rectors and they are already looking so lovely with their abundant buds and flowers! Should rambling rectors be dead headed though and if so, how do you dead head them please? Many thanks.


Hello, There are no hard and fast rules about this. If you deadhead them, then you will probably get more flowers, but you will get fewer of the attractive hips, which follow on afterwards.


My Rose is not flowering To whom it might concern. I have come across a problem concerning the non flowering of one of the 'The Rambling Rectors'. So what is the best thing to do, but go to the experts for advise. My wife has done everything by the book, i.e. feeding etc. but to no avail. Your advise would be most appreciated. Many thanks George

George Price

Hello George, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why your rose has not produced flowers, but given the right conditions there is no reason why it eventually won't and you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser such as Tomorite or Sulphate of Potash.

Crocus Helpdesk

When should I plant my 'Rambling Rector' Rose Could you please tell me the time of year to plant this Rose? Thank you

Jennifer Mitchell

Hello there, The best time to plant roses is autumn to spring, however you can plant in summer as long as you make sure they are kept really well watered. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Which Roses will still be flowering in September? I am getting married in September and want to give my parents a present to say thanks for all their help. I thought a rose bush would be a really good idea as it should last a long time and will remind them of the day. Ideally I would like to present it to them in flower on and would like it to have white flowers. Any suggestions?

Susan Genever

There are some lovely roses that should still be flowering in September - although ultimately this will largely be dependent on the weather. Below are the white ones we sell that would make a lovely gift, just click on the link below each plant name to find out more about that particular one. Rosa Rambling Rector' 'Rosa Boule de Neige' 'Rosa Ice Cream' 'Rosa Winchester Cathedral' >'Rosa Polar Star' 'Rosa Blanche Double de Coubert' 'Rosa Climbing Iceberg' 'Rosa Iceberg'


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