i had beautiful climbing roses but they only last one bloom per season. what are they & what's the best way to care for them? pruning, dead heading, etc?? the bare stems looks so ugly now. thanks
Dark red, perchance? The once-blooming red climber Dr. Huey is very common because it is used as a rootstock, and it grows out after somebody's neglected Peace or whatever freezes to death. The leaves were lost to blackspot disease, which can be controlled by regular use of a fungicide if you want to go to that much trouble. My suggestion for dealing with a disease-prone once-bloomer is to cut it to the ground just after blooming (not at any other time). It will then grow fresh canes over the summer that will bloom next May-June. Applying fresh mulch after pruning would help suppress disease. To grow well, it would need fertilizing at least twice a year and 1" of water per week during droughts.
This would be about the latest time to do the savage pruning trick, or maybe a bit too late, I'm not sure.
Some climbers that are disease resistant and repeat-blooming are New Dawn, Clair Matin, Parade, Illusion, and Quadra. You can get New Dawn in most garden centers.