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Once a weekFull sunSpring
  • Abundant White Flowers: Covered in clusters of fragrant, double white flowers in spring, creating a spectacular display.
  • Thornless Vines: This variety's thornless nature makes it a pain-free choice for high-traffic areas and family-friendly gardens.
  • Fast-Growing Climber: Rapid growth makes it perfect for quickly covering arbors, trellises, and fences with lush foliage and blooms.

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The White Lady Banks Climbing Rose, scientifically known as Rosa banksiae 'Alba Plena', is a charming and vigorous climbing rose renowned for its profusion of small, double white flowers that bloom in spring. This thornless variety is a favorite among gardeners for its ease of care and ability to cover structures like arbors, fences, and walls with a blanket of delicate blooms. The White Lady Banks Rose is celebrated not only for its stunning floral display but also for its nearly evergreen foliage in warmer climates, making it a year-round addition to any garden. Ideal for creating a romantic and enchanting garden space, this climbing rose adds beauty and charm wherever it grows.

Growth rate: Fast growth rate; can climb 15-20 feet or more if supported.

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Pruning: The Lady Banks Climbing Rose generally requires minimal pruning. After the blooming period, remove any dead, damaged, or crossing canes to maintain a neat appearance. If necessary, perform more extensive pruning during the dormant season, cutting back up to one-third of the oldest canes to promote new growth.

Fertilization: Feed the Lady Banks Climbing Rose in early spring with a balanced rose fertilizer or a slow-release granular fertilizer formulated specifically for roses. Follow the package instructions for the application rates, and water the plant deeply after fertilizing.

Winter Protection: In zones 5-10, the Lady Banks Climbing Rose thrives in a wide range of climates. However, providing winter protection in colder regions is advisable. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to insulate the roots and protect them from freezing temperatures. Consider covering the canes with burlap or another protective material during severe cold spells.


When planting the Lady Banks Climbing Rose, select a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Choose a well-draining spot in the ground or a large pot with good drainage if planting in a container. Dig a hole that is wide and deep enough to accommodate the root ball, ensuring the bud union (swollen area where the rose was grafted onto the rootstock) is slightly above ground level. Backfill the hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming it gently around the roots. Water thoroughly after planting and keep the soil consistently moist during the establishment period.

The Lady Banks Climbing Rose prefers full sun exposure to ensure optimal flower production. Provide the plant with consistent moisture by watering deeply once or twice a week, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Adjust the frequency depending on rainfall and temperature conditions. Avoid overhead watering, as wet foliage can increase the risk of fungal diseases.

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USDA GROW ZONE:

Zones 6-9

The White Lady Banks Climbing Rose is suitable for USDA Zones 6-9, thriving in a variety of climates but particularly well in milder regions. It is adaptable to both sunny and partly shaded locations, making it versatile for different garden settings. This rose prefers well-drained soil and is relatively drought-tolerant once established, making it a resilient choice for gardens and landscapes.

Frequently Asked Questions

White Lady Banks Climbing Roses are known for their vigorous growth and can reach a height of up to 20 feet or more. These roses are excellent climbers and can spread across a similar width when supported on trellises, arbors, or fences. Their graceful, cascading branches are adorned with small, double, white flowers and bright green foliage, making them a beautiful addition to gardens and landscapes. Keep in mind that the size can vary depending on growing conditions and pruning practices.

Yes, Lady Banks Climbing Roses typically require a trellis or some form of support for their vigorous climbing growth. Providing a trellis or similar structure allows the rose plant to climb and showcase its cascading branches and beautiful white flowers. Without support, these roses may sprawl or grow in a less controlled manner, so a trellis is often recommended to help them flourish in a more organized and aesthetically pleasing way.

To care for White Lady Banks Climbing Roses, follow these simple guidelines:

Planting: Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil for planting. These roses thrive in full sun.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during the growing season. Water deeply at the base of the plant to encourage deep root growth.

Pruning: Prune your Lady Banks rose after it finishes flowering in the spring. Remove dead or damaged branches and trim to shape as needed. This helps maintain its attractive appearance.

Support: Provide a sturdy trellis or support structure for the climbing canes to grow on.

Fertilizing: Feed with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the early spring to promote healthy growth.

Pest and Disease Management: Lady Banks roses are generally resistant to pests and diseases, but keep an eye out for any issues and address them promptly if they occur.

Mulching: Apply mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Winter Protection: In regions with harsh winters, consider providing winter protection, such as wrapping the canes with burlap, to prevent cold damage.

By following these care instructions, you can enjoy the beauty of White Lady Banks Climbing Roses in your garden.

The Lady Banks climbing rose typically blooms in the spring. It produces beautiful clusters of small, fragrant white flowers during its spring flowering season. This rose variety is known for its abundant and showy spring blooms, which make it a popular choice for gardens and trellises.

Pruning Lady Banks climbing roses is a relatively simple process. Here are some key pruning tips:

Prune After Flowering: Lady Banks roses should be pruned after they finish flowering in the spring. This is typically in April or May, depending on your climate.

Remove Dead or Diseased Canes: Start by removing any dead or diseased canes (stems) from the plant. These canes will be brown or black and should be cut back to the base of the plant.

Trim for Shape: Lady Banks roses tend to have long, flexible canes that can become unruly. Trim back the canes to shape the plant and control its size. You can cut the canes back by about one-third to one-half of their length.

Thin Out Canes: If the rose has become too dense, you can also thin out some of the canes to improve air circulation. This helps prevent disease and encourages new growth.

Remove Spent Blooms: Throughout the growing season, deadhead (remove) spent blooms to encourage continuous flowering.

Be Cautious with Pruning: Lady Banks roses bloom on old wood, so avoid heavy pruning in late summer or fall, as this can remove potential flower buds for the next season.

Remember that Lady Banks roses are vigorous growers, so a little pruning can go a long way in maintaining their shape and health. Always use sharp, clean pruning shears, and make clean cuts to minimize damage to the plant.

The main difference between the yellow and white Lady Banks climbing roses is the color of their flowers:

Yellow Lady Banks Rose: The yellow Lady Banks rose, scientifically known as Rosa banksiae 'Lutea,' produces beautiful, small, double yellow flowers. These flowers are fragrant and create a stunning display when in bloom.

White Lady Banks Rose: The white Lady Banks rose, also known as Rosa banksiae 'Alba Plena,' features small, double white flowers. Like its yellow counterpart, it is also fragrant and adds a touch of elegance to gardens.

Both varieties of Lady Banks roses are known for their vigorous climbing habit and are often used to cover walls, fences, and pergolas. The choice between yellow and white Lady Banks roses primarily depends on your color preference for the flowers in your garden.

Lady Banks climbing roses typically start to bloom within their first year of planting, usually in the spring. These roses are known for their early and profuse flowering, and you can expect them to produce beautiful clusters of white flowers once they are established. However, the exact timing of the first bloom can vary depending on factors like the age and size of the plant, local climate conditions, and care provided. With proper care and favorable conditions, you should enjoy their charming blooms relatively soon after planting.

Yellowing leaves on a Lady Banks climbing rose can be caused by several factors:

Watering Issues: Overwatering or underwatering can lead to yellowing leaves. Ensure the plant receives consistent moisture, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings.

Nutrient Deficiency: Yellow leaves may indicate a lack of essential nutrients, particularly nitrogen. Consider fertilizing your rose with a balanced fertilizer to address this issue.

Pests or Diseases: Check for signs of pests like aphids or diseases like powdery mildew, as they can cause leaf discoloration. Treat any infestations promptly.

Soil pH: Roses prefer slightly acidic soil. If the soil is too alkaline, it can affect nutrient uptake and lead to yellowing leaves. Adjusting soil pH may be necessary.

Environmental Stress: Extreme temperatures, inadequate sunlight, or poor air circulation can stress the plant and cause leaf yellowing. Ensure the rose is in an optimal location.

Natural Leaf Drop: Some yellowing and shedding of older leaves is normal, especially in the fall.

To address yellowing leaves, identify the specific cause and take appropriate corrective actions, such as adjusting watering, fertilizing, or treating pests and diseases. Regular care and maintenance can help keep your Lady Banks climbing rose healthy and vibrant.

Planting a Lady Banks climbing rose with a trellis is a great way to showcase its beautiful blooms and provide support for its climbing growth. Here's how to do it:

Choose a Location: Select a sunny location in your garden or near a wall or structure where you want the rose to climb. Ensure that the trellis can be securely anchored in the ground.

Install the Trellis: Set up the trellis in the chosen location before planting. Make sure it is stable and anchored firmly in the ground or against the structure. The trellis should have horizontal and vertical supports for the rose to climb.

Prepare the Soil: Prepare the soil at the base of the trellis. Lady Banks roses prefer well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. You can amend the soil with compost or well-rotted manure.

Dig a Hole: Dig a hole near the base of the trellis that is deep and wide enough to accommodate the rose's root ball. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground.

Plant the Rose: Carefully remove the rose from its container and place it in the hole. Make sure the roots are spread out and not crowded. Backfill with soil and pat it down gently.

Water and Mulch: Water the newly planted rose thoroughly to settle the soil. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the rose to retain moisture and discourage weeds.

Train the Rose: As the rose grows, gently guide its canes toward the trellis. You can tie them to the trellis with soft garden twine or plant ties. This encourages the rose to climb and fill the trellis with foliage and flowers.

Pruning: Prune your Lady Banks climbing rose as needed to maintain its shape and encourage new growth. Pruning is typically done after flowering, usually in the spring.

Regular Care: Provide regular water, especially during dry periods, and fertilize the rose according to the recommended schedule for healthy growth and abundant blooms.

With proper care and training, your Lady Banks climbing rose will gracefully ascend the trellis and reward you with its lovely white or pale yellow blossoms.

For the Lady Banks climbing rose, you should use a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. A general-purpose, slow-release granular fertilizer with an N-P-K ratio (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) of 10-10-10 or similar is suitable.

Here's how to fertilize your Lady Banks climbing rose:

Timing: Fertilize your rose in the early spring, just as it begins to produce new growth. You can also apply a second round of fertilizer in late spring or early summer if desired.

Application: Sprinkle the granular fertilizer evenly around the base of the rose, extending it out to the drip line (the area beneath the outermost branches). Follow the manufacturer's recommended application rates for your specific fertilizer.

Watering: After applying the fertilizer, water the rose thoroughly. This helps to dissolve the fertilizer and deliver nutrients to the roots.

Mulch: Consider adding a layer of mulch around the base of the rose to help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Mulch also helps prevent weeds, which can compete with the rose for nutrients.

Repeat: Follow the fertilization schedule and guidelines on the fertilizer packaging for subsequent applications. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to excessive growth and reduced flower production.

Regular fertilization will provide the necessary nutrients for your Lady Banks climbing rose to grow vigorously and produce an abundance of beautiful blooms.

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