The Rosa ‘Golden Showers’ (Golden Showers Climbing Rose) Full Care Guide


The Golden Showers Climbing Rose, otherwise known as the Rosa ‘Golden Showers’ or Rose ‘Golden Showers’, Climbing Rose ‘Golden Showers’, is a rather well known climber plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its average maintenance and fast growth, this climber will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its dark green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, taking care of your Golden Showers Climbing Rose is not too difficult – as long as you follow our guidelines in this Golden Showers Climbing Rose Care Guide. Now let’s get started.

In order to take proper care of your Golden Showers Climbing Rose you’ll need to keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Water: The Golden Showers Climbing Rose wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.
  • Light: Keep your Rosa ‘Golden Showers’ in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Golden Showers Climbing Rose in soil with moist but well-draining to well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

That’s it – sunlight, water and soil! The basic 3 fundamentals for all plant care, and with the Golden Showers Climbing Rose this is no exception. With these three elements, your leafy friend will live healthy and happy.

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Golden Showers Climbing Rose belongs to the Rosaceae family, and the genus Rosa, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Rosa ‘Golden Showers’ (ROH-zuh).

As with other Rosa’s, the Golden Showers Climbing Rose is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

Growing Region

As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Golden Showers Climbing Rose is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.

With this in mind, the Rosa ‘Golden Showers’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 5 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Golden Showers Climbing Rose is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But, how big does the Golden Showers Climbing Rose actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…

The Rosa ‘Golden Showers’ can grow up to 5′ – 6′ (150cm – 180cm) in 5′ – 6′ (150cm – 180cm) and 6′ – 7′ (180cm – 210cm) in 6′ – 7′ (180cm – 210cm). 

Watering

In terms of watering, the Golden Showers Climbing Rose is a fairly complicated plant to take care of. This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Rosa ‘Golden Showers’ wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Golden Showers Climbing Rose in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Golden Showers Climbing Rose since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Golden Showers Climbing Rose prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

This is why most experts agree that the Golden Showers Climbing Rose requires soil with clay, loam (silt), and sand, which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Golden Showers Climbing Rose requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this climber will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Rosa ‘Golden Showers’ in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Season

Being a deciduous plant, the Golden Showers Climbing Rose will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes. But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the summer (mid, late), and during the fall.

Flowers

You can expect your Golden Showers Climbing Rose to flower around the spring, summer and fall months from April to June (spring), from July to September (summer), and from October to December (fall). In particular, this climber is well known for its repeat-flowering, fragrant long bloom season, and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Golden Showers Climbing Rose produces some beautiful yellow, or cream/tan and gold flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Golden Showers Climbing Rose have a beautiful dark green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a compound (pinnately, bipinnately, palmately) arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.

The Golden Showers Climbing Rose is well known for being able to attract butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Garden

How should you then organize your garden to include your new Golden Showers Climbing Rose? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.

Most Rosa ‘Golden Showers’ owners agree that this climber will look great in most cottage and rustic gardens of all types. Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, and in traditional garden styles. 

In particular, the Golden Showers Climbing Rose’s best location within your garden is in wall-side borders, small gardens, pergolas, arbors, trellises, beds and borders, and in walls and fences, others use it for landscaping in a specimen, privacy screen, espalier, cutting garden, coastal exposure, border, barrier, or a urban garden.

Companion Plants

Golden Showers Climbing Rose’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Viburnum, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Paeonia will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!

Conclusion

And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Golden Showers Climbing Rose to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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