Lady Banks Rose is a vigorous climbing rose. It comes in white and yellow and has a slightly sweet scent. It is a thornless rose that is easy to care for. Prune it to train it to grow up arbors, along a fence, or most anything.
Despite being a novice gardener, this climbing rose has thrived along our backyard fence. It’s done so well, that we planted seven more bushes in our yard.
Lady Banks Rose
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The first time I was introduced to Lady Banks was in Italy. We visited a museum and outside in the gardens was a beautiful shed that was covered with a yellow Lady Banks.
I was mesmerized.
And somewhere buried among our photobooks is a picture of this gorgeous rose. Too funny I remember this rose and not the name of the museum!
Lady Banks is also known as Banks Rose. And Rosa Banksiae or Rosa Banksiae Lutea are its Latin name.
The blossoms have lots of petals, and when it blooms in the springtime, the whole plant is covered from head to toe in roses. It’s a glorious sight, and it takes your breath away.
It has a lovely fragrance with a hint of sweetness.
My husband is the gardener in the family, and I took photos of him planting a Lady Banks. So that blog post will follow shortly.
In the meantime, if you don’t have a local nursery that carries them, here is a link to buy a plant.
Let’s answer a few questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lady Banks
Is Lady Banks An Evergreen Rose?
In gardening zones, 9-11 Rosa Banks is an evergreen plant. And in colder climates 6-8 they lose their leaves in the winter. Here is a helpful Garden chart from Home Depot.
What Colors Does Rosa Banks Come In?
Lady Banks or sometimes called Rosa Banks, comes in white and yellow. We own the white since it goes nicely with other flowers in our garden.
We love this climbing rose so much that we planted six more.
When Do Lady Banks Roses Bloom?
So, our plant is in full bloom, and it is April 7th. Please note that we live in Northern California. So it blooms anytime between spring and summer. It only blooms once, but it is a glorious bloom. The whole bush is covered with blossoms.
Are Lady Banks Roses Deer Resistant?
I wish it was deer resistant, but it is not.
We have some in our front yard that the deer love to munch on. Immediately after my husband planted them, I sprayed them with a stinky deer spray. Supposedly, they don’t like the smell and it keeps them away.
It smells right after you spray it, but in a couple of minutes it wears off. I was pretty good about spraying it and the bushes survived the first year. If you saw our roses you would notice that the bottoms are a bit sparse compared to the tops. But we did keep the deer from killing our roses.
I’ll take the victory!
Do Lady Banks Rose Have Thorns?
You’ll be happy to know that they are thornless. This makes it easy to prune and handle the bush!
How to Prune Lady Banks Rose?
Since we want our rose bush to take over the fence, my husband keeps the bush tidy. Any stray growth, he trims but other than that he doesn’t need to prune it too much. If you have dead branches you will want to trim them after the plant blooms. I heard that be careful when pruning since it can effect next years blossoms. We haven’t had that issue.
But, if the plant is in full sun and resides in a the warmer zones, it pretty much is a worry free kind of rose. That appears to be the case for our plants.
We originally planted one rose bush and loved it so much that we bought three more. Well, this spring we planted four more! So we have a total of eight Lady Banks.
Three are in part sun/shade, so I’m curious to see how it grows.
Our experience with this rose bush makes us happy gardeners. And as a result, we are excited about our yard and landscaping!
I have some yard DIY posts if you are interested.
Aren’t these the most dainty roses? Oh my, I love to grab a few and place them in my teacups! They have a vintage feel that is so romantic!
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