First Flush Of Blooms In Our Alabama Rose Garden


Josephs Coat – Climbing Rose


Heathcliff – David Austin Rose


Belinda’s Dream – Earth Kind Rose


Sally Holmes


Climbing Colette



About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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11 Responses to First Flush Of Blooms In Our Alabama Rose Garden

  1. michelleendersby says:

    Your garden is an artist’s dream – so much beauty!

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  2. Chris, what do you think of Joseph’s Coat for scrambling along a picket fence? Good choice or no? These photos are just beyond beautiful.


    • Yes, I think it would do quite well on a fence. It tends to throw out long cane in summer that can easily be trained along a fence.

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      • Thank you! I just bought my first David Austin rose to climb up my arbor but was standing in the nursery debating between it and the Joseph’s Coat. Now I am going to go back and get it for the fence. Just too pretty to resist.


      • Which Austin did you select? We love our Austins. Can’t wait to see your blooms.


      • St. Swithun (Auswith). It’s described as an excellent shrub or climber. It’s my very first climber and I am so eager to see how it performs. It killed me to drop almost fifty bucks on it when the Joseph’s Coat was half that price, but I’ve seen so many of yours on IG and just loved them, so thought I’d give it a try.


  3. gh0stpupp3t says:

    Your pictures reminds me of Salvador Dali paintings.. Maybe it’s my computer… but, I don’t think so..


  4. Adrienne says:

    These are beautiful! My New Dawn just started blooming and I can’t get over how gorgeous she is. Of all my plants, she may be my favorite. You just can’t have enough roses!


  5. Oh my goodness! Sumptuous. That Belinda’s Dream makes my mouth water.


  6. Toni says:

    Where did you purchase your Climbing Colette? It is beautiful! I’ve been researching climbers to put near front porch now that we have cut some trees down and actually have sun in the front yard!


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