Seagull is certainly a rose to stop you in your tracks and is the epitome of an early summer traditional English garden. It's one of the best rambler rose, and a huge one at that, growing to 8m. If this rose is too big for your garden, we stock smaller rambling roses as well - why not look at the rest of our range to find one that's ideal for you. Its long, arching stems carry glossy foliage and large sprays of flowers. Seagulls may only flower once in a season but it is the star of the garden when it does. The large clusters of small white and semi-double flowers have bright yellow stamens and a lovely fragrance with light green foliage - imagine the sight of that many blooms! Although once they fade, you won't get more flowers that season but what you will see is a huge crop of orange rose hips in autumn.
Seagull, like other ramblers, looks at its best scrambling over an old tree or building and it's ideal for hiding an eyesore like a workshop or garage. While it prefers full sun with fertile, humus-rich, soil, it will also tolerate a fair amount of shade (not deep shade) and poor soil, although flowering will not be so profuse. As a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit winner, you can be sure this rose has been trialled for its reliability and performance in real garden settings.
While Seagull only flowers once, it does so much more profusely than repeat-flowering roses. One idea is to extend the season's interest by adding a clematis or two into the mix - viticella types are the best. Try Etoile Violette, with purple petals surrounding a yellow centre of stamens and a mild fragrance; Abundance has deep pinky-red flowers and Polish Spirit has deep violet blooms with a light scent. All flower from May-September, when the orange hips will take over the display.
Rambling roses provide an excellent habitat for wildlife, so if you have the room, you couldn't choose a better plant to encourage more creatures into your garden. Bees, butterflies and other pollinators love the open flowers and the orange rose hips in autumn attract fruit-eating birds such as thrushes, blackbirds, redwings, fieldfares and waxwings. Some beetles and small mammals, including mice, squirrels, rabbits and deer also like to eat the hips, which are packed with vitamin C and will help them get through the winter.
Rambler roses need to be watered well in their first couple of years but once they are established, their deep roots mean they can withstand drought - comforting to know with forecasts of drier summers expected for many parts of the country.