New Dawn Climbing Rose (Rosa ‘New Dawn’)

New Dawn Climbing Rose

The New Dawn Climbing Rose (Rose ‘New Dawn’), is a strong grower and is unusually hardy and disease resistant. New Dawn has long been a favorite Climbing Rose and is considered to be one of the best repeat bloomers! New Dawn Roses have 3-inch double pink, sweetly fragrant flowers that fade to soft pink and are carried over a long season.

It has healthy, dark green foliage and is a Rose with few faults and a long flowering season, even carrying a few blooms in the winter. It blooms in the spring and repeats in the summer. The upright canes hold the season-long blooms closer to nose and eye level, and also give the Butterflies that will flock to this Rose for the sweet nectar easier access.

The New Dawn was a World Federation of Rose Society Hall of Fame inductee in 1997. New Dawn is also a sport of Rose Dr. W. Van Fleet Rose and was introduced in 1930. Vigorous and hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 through 9 and grow to 8 – 12 feet in height and only 3-5 feet in width.

Planting and Application:

This magnificent classic Climbing Rose can grace walls, fences and pagodas, happily climbing on any framework provided, adding structural and far-reaching color and deep leafy green architectural structure to your garden! Use this beautiful subtle pink Rose on arbors, pergolas, and trellises where it seems to be illuminated against the darker green foliage. Space saving in width to easily add height to beds and borders as both a backdrop plant on a fence to hide eyesores.

Dress up a modern cottage garden with these darling baby pink accents or add a soft and feminine column to a cut flower garden or perennial border that acts like a torch among the other ornamentals! You’ll love filling vases indoors with these brilliant cupped blooms too! Pollinators and bees are drawn to the nectar and flock to these blossoms all growing season! Grow one over a garden bench so you can watch them buzz and flutter from flower to flower!

Be sure to include New Dawn’s lush foliage and returning flowers as a vertical anchor on a planting beds corner, train over a bower, add height with an obelisk in the middle of your front yard berm, or add pinpoint shade from the sun!

Create screening and living fences with these densely branched canes and you’ll enjoy old-fashioned Rose ‘wallpaper’ around your outdoor garden room! You’ll also enjoy sipping your favorite beverage under a shady wall filled with soft pink blooms in a private garden nook, or at a bistro set under a flowering arbor!

  • Soft Pink Double Blooms
  • Sweetly Fragranced & Repeat Flowering
  • Adored by Beneficial Pollinators & Elegant Cut Flowers
  • Vigorous Upright Climbing Vines
  • Living Walls, Privacy & Screening, Planters & Upright Garden Décor

Tips for Care:

New Dawn has the strongest canes and the most blooms in full sun, favoring the drying powers of the morning sun. Plant in enriched, average to medium, well-drained soils and moisture during the summer heat. For optimum flowering and disease resistance, New Dawn should be planted in areas with good air circulation. Be sure to add a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch to retain moisture.

  • Full Sun Lover
  • Moderate Regular Moisture & Mulched Beds
  • Any Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Heat Tolerant & Cold Hardy

How to Train Climbing Roses

Pruning should not be done during the first two years, since Climbing Roses need time to build flowering Rose canes.

  • Select several canes to become the structural foundation of your beautiful Climbing Rose. The structural canes will grow thick for several years before you replace them.
  • Horizontal branches produce the most flowers, so tie the secondary canes at 90 to 45-degree angles. Use stretchy landscape ties or old pantyhose to loop around the cane and your support.
  • Prune Roses in early spring to remove any dead or damaged branches. Cut your secondary canes down to 6 – 8 inches above a bud, but keep your structural support canes in place.
  • Rejuvenate the structural canes every three years. Because Climbing Roses bloom on last year’s canes, you’ll wait until the first flush of flowers are finished.
  • Trim the thick old structural canes out at ground level at that time. Then, select a new set of canes to become your structural support.

Pretty as a picture, the luminescent bright yet light pink of these subtle and elegant blooms will delight you all growing season!


New Dawn Climbing Rose (Rosa ‘New Dawn’) Details

Common name New Dawn Climbing Rose
Botanical name Rosa 'New Dawn'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 8 - 12 ft.
Width 3 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Light Pink