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Climbing roses: help in selecting varieties, training the canes.

Which comes first, the trellis or the climbing rose? Too often, it's the rose, and canes end up rambling everywhere with no planned means of support.

If you'd like to plant a climber this bare-root season--or already have one that needs help--now is the best time to provide sturdy support, before thorny new growth makes the job unapproachable.

Shown are two simple designs, both far larger and sturdier than most sold in nurseries. For extra stability, predrill holes and screw crosspieces, together from the back, or use galvanized box nails longer than you need and bend over tips in back.

To cover your trellis, look for climbing roses in nurseries late this month, or order them by mail from the companies listed on page 216 of the December 1984 Sunset. Listed here are some kinds that tend to stay more compact and give abundant bloom over a long period.

Space climbers at least 10 feet apart. Be sure the site gets bright sun.

Since these roses aren't self-supporting, you must lead them in the direction they are to grow and tie them there. To get more flowers, arch over the last foot of growth after canes reach the top of the trellis and train them downward.

Some compact climbers

Red. 'Blaze'. Dense clusters of small, 2- to 3-inch-wide flowers with a light fragrance.

'Don Juan'. A fade-resistant velvety double that's 5 inches across, with stems long enough for cutting. Richly perfumed.

'Red Fountain'. Buds verging on black open to a deep, velvety red. Three-inch-wide flowers from large, fragrant clusters.

'Tempo'. Clusters of pointed buds open to fully double blooms 4 inches across.

Coral to orange blends. 'America'. Salmon to coral blooms 5 inches across, with long stems and a spicy scent.

'Joseph's Coat'. Yellow buds deepen to orange and then red as double flowers open to 3 inches wide. Light fragrance.

Yellow. 'Golden Showers'. Long-stemmed clusters of almost thornless double flowers 4 inches wide. Mild fragrance.

'High Noon'. Long-stemmed double flowers 4 inches across are borne singly, have a spicy scent.

'Royal Gold'. Fruity-scented double blooms, 4 inches across, appear singly and in clusters.

Pink. 'Blossomtime'. A sweet-scented double about 4 inches wide.

'Climbing First Prize'. Long-stemmed, rich pink flowers.

'Rhonda'. A faintly fragrant deep rose double 3 to 4 inches across.

White. 'White Dawn'. A 2- to 3-inch-wide double with a mild fragrance.
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