This is a selection of the best disease resistant white climbing roses.
If you’re looking for a disease resistant climbing white rose, then the roses on this list can’t be beat. With regular organic feeding throughout the season and deep watering, these white beauties will put on a spectacular display without the use of chemical sprays. A white rose is always a standout in a garden. Don’t ever for a moment think that a white rose won’t be noticed.
The Best Disease Resistant White Climbing Roses
Rosa ‘Iceberg, Climbing’ – Discovered by Cants of Colchester (United Kingdom, 1968.) Sport of Iceberg, floribunda. Height of 8 to 12 feet. Zone 4b and warmer. Mild fragrance. Good repeat bloom. Do not prune in the spring. It’s best to prune after flowering, because ‘Iceberg’ tends to bloom on old wood from the previous years growth.
Rosa ‘Moonlight’ – Bred by Rev. Joseph Hardwick Pemberton (United Kingdom, 1913). Creamy white Hybrid Musk with yellow centers. Height of 8 to 10 feet. Zone 6 and warmer. Grows best where it can spread out. Canes are flexible. You can grow it on a pillar, but limit the canes to three. Good repeat bloom.
Rosa ‘Prosperity’ – Bred by Rev. Joseph Hardwick Pemberton (United Kingdom, 1919.) Hybrid Musk. Height of 8 to 10 feet. Zone 6 and warmer. Grows best where it can spread out. Canes are flexible. You can grow it on a pillar, but limit the canes to three. Good repeat bloom.
Rosa ‘White Cap’ – Bred by Brownell Family (United States, 1954.) Height of 8 to 10 feet. Zone 6b and warmer. Fully double, tea rose fragrance, pure white non-stop blooms. Will bloom from top to bottom. Does best where it can spread out. Excellent choice for growing on a fence. Canes are flexible.
Rosa ‘White Cockade’ – Bred by Alexander M. Cocker (Scotland, 1969.) Height of 6 to 7 feet. Zone 6b and warmer. Looks best grown on a pillar or arbor where it can grow upright. Repeat bloomer with a nice fragrance. Makes a good cut flower. Good choice for a small space.
Growing a Hybrid Musk as a Climber
Hybrid Musks are extremely disease resistant. Blooms are in clusters with good fragrance. They’ll bloom in part shade, but will not have the abundance of flowers, as you would get if planted in full sun. They’re an excellent choice if you need a large shrub roses. There are a few that make wonderful climbers, and are not usually listed for sale under Climbers, but as Hybrid Musks.
How to Grow a Healthy Rose
Growing healthy roses, or for that matter any plant starts with the soil. The use of chemicals should never be used in the place of a good organic fertilizer. For the best results try to fertilize every three to four weeks during the growing season. Any plant that is suffering due to lack of nutrition will always be more susceptible to disease.