Ramblers are free-flowering roses with long, flexible stems that become clothed with bunches of small to medium sized flowers between early and mid-summer, flowering prolifically, usually once per year. The stems are pliable, making them easy to bend and tie into place, with ramblers also boasting beautiful rose hips in autumn, adding further colour and interest later in the season. Rambling roses have a range of uses from growing over pergolas, trellis and arches to covering unsightly objects and sprawling through mature shrubs and trees to give a naturalistic appearance. They're sufficiently strong-growing to be suitable as a support for other climbers, such as clematis, with stems also lax enough for them to work well trailing down slopes. Remove 1-2 of the oldest stems from the base after flowering to encourage vigorous new basal growth.