Rosa ‘Dublin Bay is a hybrid (‘Bantry Bay’ × ‘Altissimo’), this is a Floribunda type (Dense Clusters of Flowers) climbing rose raised by Samuel Darragh McGredy who was born in Ireland and lived in New Zealand and introduced ‘Dublin Bay in 1975.
Regarded as one of the very best red flowering climbing roses , Dublin Bay is repeat flowering so it flowers from spring right through summer.
Being a climbing rose its height will determined by how you prune it, left unpruned it can easily reach 2 – 3 metres (6ft – 9ft), however it is usually trained across a trellis so height can be controlled easily.
This is a disease resistant rose, a strong grower, good deep green foliage and has been around since the late 1960s so it has a good track record.
Foliage is a good deep green and the fragrance or perfume is pleasant but light.
How to Grow the Dublin Bay Rose
Position: Give them an open sunny position and any deep well-drained soil including clay.
- Roses do like a humus rich and nutrient rich soil.
Dig in some bonemeal, aged cow manure and some leaf mold if you have it.
- Plant your Dublin Bay Rose at the same depth it was in the container.
- Dig a hole twice the width of the pot or twice the with of the roots if bare rooted.
- Fill the hole with water and wait for it to soak in.
- Mix the bonemeal, cow manure and leaf mold through the soil removed when digging the planting hole.
- Remove the rose from the pot or packaging.
- Plant at the same depth it was in the hole making sure any graft is above soil level.
- Backfill with the soil/fertiliser mix.
- Water in.
- Much around the plant.
Fertilise in spring and again early summer with a rose fertiliser or an organic pelletised or liquid fertiliser.