Plant of the Month – March


Lady Banks Rose
Rosa banksiae

  • Plant Form: Evergreen to semi-deciduous vine
  • Water Use: Low, moderate
  • Mature Size: 15-20 ft. tall x 10-20 ft. wide
  • Exposure: Full sun, part sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Early Summer (June)
  • Native to: China
  • Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F

If you want to cover a bank, fence, arbor, patio, or even the ground with a vigorous climber, this is your plant! Lady Banks Rose is almost immune to disease, tolerates most soils, and is resistant to rabbits, deer, and aphids. This climbing rose is also thornless, and makes plenty of flowers for cutting.

Lady Banks Rose is a fast-growing, climbing vine that can easily cover a fence, trellis, arbor, or patio. Prized as a vigorous climber, this thornless vine explodes with clusters of slightly fragrant, yellow or white miniature flowers from spring to early summer. Even when not in bloom, the deep green leaves are attractive, retained all year in mild climates, while being semi-deciduous in colder climates. This rose provides plenty of flowers for cutting, is pet-friendly, and attracts butterflies. Flowers form on old wood, so don’t over-prune older branches. Requires support to grow vertically. Frequent pruning is needed during the growing season to keep it close to a wall or fence; otherwise only occasional pruning is needed. It is drought-tolerant, disease-resistant, rabbit- and deer-resistant, and tolerant of most soils when organic matter is added to the planting hole.  This old-fashioned rose makes an easy-care privacy screen, espalier, ground cover, or romantic cover for an arbor.

Check out our “Garden Tasks” for March