The Q&A Archives: Hardy Climbing Roses for Sandy Soil

Question: I would like to plant a climbing rose by the east side of our house. We live in the colder part of zone 5 and the soil is a couple of inches of top soil over sandy fill. What varieties would you recommend for this site? Which of them require the least care? Emily Castner Hollis, NH

Answer: You can try to grow 'New Dawn' (white), 'Blaze' (red) or 'Dortmund' (crimson) in your zone 5 area, but you may have more success growing the hardier Canadian roses such as 'John Cabot' (red) or 'Henry Kelsey' (yellow). They don't climb as high, but are hardier and still give that "climbing" feel. All these and many more roses are available through, Royall River Roses 70 New Gloucester Rd. No. Yarmouth, ME 04097 207-829-5830

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