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Love roses but don’t want to the maintenance? You need to take a closer look at the Yellow Lady Banks Rose.
It’s been three years since I planted this teeny tiny little rose along my trellis. See that little rose making it’s way up my trellis?
Gardening is such a passion of mine and I love sharing beautiful, easy to care for plants and flowers that will beautify your yards. Along with my Camellias, this Lady Banks Rose explodes in Spring with clusters of miniature yellow roses. It’s downright gorgeous!
In general, roses can be really tough to grow and take a lot of care. Fungal diseases, aphids, pruning – it really takes time, knowledge and experience to grow beautiful roses. I think the Yellow Lady Banks Rose may be the exception.
All About the Yellow Lady Banks Rose
A few years ago I made a trip to our local plant nursery here in Seattle. I asked one of the gardeners there about roses. I said – “I have this huge trellis that I want to cover quick and I’m partial to roses.” Without hesitation – she suggested Lady Banks Rose.
And I’m so happy I went with her suggestion.
Three years later, we have this gorgeous, practically maintenance free rose growing up our trellis.
Here are some of the reasons you should look into Yellow Lady Banks Rose.
Easy To Care For
Lady Banks Rose blooms on Old Wood, so you don’t really want to prune it too much. See below for how I prune this rose (it’s takes all of twenty minutes). The other “maintenance” item I have done over the past few years, is “train” or literally weave the growing vines through my trellis the way I wanted them. And it has really taken off.
This year especially, the blooms are bigger and better than ever.
The other nice thing about the Lady Banks Rose is that you don’t have to constantly water it once it’s established. In fact, it’s better to let it dry out in between waterings. Roses tend to be thirsty plants (like Hydrangeas), so sometimes you feel like you constantly keeping them watered, especially in the hotter months. Lady Banks Rose is much less fussy I have found.
Evergreen in some Hardiness Zones
We are in hardy zone 8b and one of the best features of this rose is that it stays evergreen all year long!
It blooms once a year in Spring. The rest of the year, it stays evergreen with beautiful, lush green leaves. So – I’m not looking at sticks all year long. It makes a great backdrop for our kitchen. It’s nice to look out and see green.
Our trellis is about 10 feet high, and 12 feet wide. It only took 2 years for it to reach the top of the trellis. And another year for the roses to really make a show.
At the time, I had two different roses planted on either side of the Lady Banks Rose. I was trying to keep it confined to the middle (which is why you don’t see it spread across the trellis. Unfortunately, after a bad rose disease wiped out my other two roses – I’m now trying to spread the lady banks rose more across the entire trellis.
I’m sure it won’t take long. 🙂
Did I mention it’s thornless? I used to have Joseph Coat Roses and geez oh man if you ever got thorned. Yikes!
The Lady Banks Rose is totally thornless. My kids could accidentally fall into it and nothing will happen. I love this!
Also comes in white!
Don’t care for yellow? Well – you’re in luck! This rose also comes in white.
How to Plant and Care for Lady Banks Rose
Here’s how I planted my Lady Banks Rose :
Dug a generous sized hole about twice the size of the pot a few inches in front of the trellis.
Mixed an organic compost into the bottom of the hole.
Planted the rose into the hole.
Mixed a layer of organic compost into the top soil as I planted it.
Watered generously until it was established.
Periodically fertilized as it grew (see more on that below).
Fertilizers I use and LOVE
I have used the following rose and flower fertilizers and have had great success. I highly recommend them both!
Ongoing Care for Yellow Lady Banks Rose
Once your Lady Banks Rose is growing, you want to fertilize it periodically. I fertilize from early Spring until Fall by sprinkling fertilizer granules around the base of the plant, working them into the soil, and then generously watering. I do this about every 8 weeks.
Call me a bad plant mom – but aside from after fertilizing, I don’t go crazy watering it too much anymore! Our summers here in Seattle tend to be pretty dry. So maybe every two weeks or so I give it a generous watering. If it’s unusually warm and hot – then I might step it up a bit.
Other than that – I don’t really have to water it too much in the other months. Seattle weather takes care of that for me!
Since Lady Bank Roses bloom on Old Wood – you don’t want to over prune it. All I do is, after the flowering season ends (which is at the end of Spring or early Summer), I snip off the spent flowers and dead or crunchy looking leaves.
Then again in late winter – I tend to clean it up by literally pulling off the dead canes and really yellow, droopy leaves.
It takes all of twenty minutes!
The next year – it will bloom bigger and better for you.
Other things to know about the Lady Banks Rose
Are there any cons to Lady Banks Rose?
I can only think of two.
One is that it will quickly take over if you let it. That might not be a bad thing for some, but you will need some control over it if you don’t want it taking over your garden. It’s been known to grow over 50 feet long!
The second con is that it only blooms once – in mid Spring and the blooms don’t last too long. It’s absolutely beautiful and to me – it’s well worth it.
And, if you live in an area where it doesn’t get too cold in the winters – it may stay evergreen for you all year long. But if you want something that blooms allll summer, this probably isn’t going to be your best choice.
So – if you are looking for easy care, quick climbing rose – I highly recommend you look into Lady Banks Rose.
And be sure to entertain a lot in Spring and early Summer so you can show off those beautiful clusters of yellow roses while they last. 🙂
I guarantee you someone will ask you what type of flower that is! It’s a conversation starter for sure.