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How to Make a Climbing Rose Look Fuller

Here's a very easy way to make a climbing rose appear more lush and cover an arbor or trellis better.

Question: I have a climbing rose going up over an arbor, but it looks sparse and skinny. What can I give it to make it grow more full and cover the arbor better?

climbing rose old blush

Answer: There's a very easy way to make a climbing rose look fuller and more interesting even when it's not flowering. Plant another climber alongside it, and let this second climbing plant scramble up and through the climbing rose. The classic choice for this is clematis. This trick works well with shrubs, too—read how.

You can also prune the rose for better, fuller growth and more blooms. Read how to prune and train a climbing rose.

Read about rose classifications.

Read about annual vines to use as quick-growing screens.

Shown: Rosa 'Old Blush', a climber.

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