When we bought our house it was almost devoid of ornamental plantings. The previous owner must not have been much of a gardener. However, he did leave behind a truly remarkable and beautiful rose called Climbing Crimson Glory.
A couple of months ago I did an article for Texas Gardener about how drought resistant antique roses have proven to be. As you will see in the attached pictures, Crimson Glory is a testament to their durability. Not only did this rose survive last year’s drought, it has produced more flowers this year than ever before. AND … it did all of this in spite of the fact that I had just dug it up and moved it in March of last year. Now that is durable!
Crimson Glory is not a true climber. It is what some call a “mannerly climber”. It has fairly thick canes that can be 12’ to 15’ long. Instead of wrapping around an arbor, this rose is best tied along the top of a fence. And that is exactly why I moved it. It had been in front of our porch for about ten years. However, last spring, I built a picket fence. I knew this rose would be the perfect choice to put in front of the new white fence. As you can see, it loves its new location and does not seem to mind that I ripped it out a place that it was pretty happy in.
According to Mike Shoup (owner of The Antique Rose Emporium), both Crimson Glory and Climbing Crimson Glory are a great choice for anyone that wants a rose that “looks and smells like a rose is supposed to”. With its deep red, velvety petals and bright yellow stamens, Climbing Glory will be a stand out in any garden. Plus it’s beautiful, lemony scent makes it the perfect addition to those romantic, hand cut bouquets that can only come from a home garden.
If you have avoided roses in the past because they require so much pruning and spraying, give antique varieties a try. These roses require less maintenance and trimming than modern hybrids. They thrive in full sun and can with stand the worst drought in Texas history. All they ask from you is about an inch of water per week and two good mulching a year with a high quality, finished compost. Give them a try and I am certain you will be as impressed with their performance as this old gardener!