Yellow Lady Banks Roses are vigorous climbers consisting of medium to light green foliage, thornless branches capable of spreading over 20 feet in length! Miniature yellow double blooms adorn the plant in the spring and early summer providing a slight fragrance. Lady Banks Rose is extremely easy to grow which is one of the main selling points for gardeners who purchase it. Since it is a vine, they are usually found sprawling across patios and entryways or up/over trellises and pergolas. If you would like you could even use it as a container plant or as a ground cover along banks to help alleviate erosion.
The Lady Banks thrives under full sun but will also tolerate partial shade conditions without much of a fuss. It will flower in both, but the best and healthiest blooms will be produced when exposed to 6 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sunlight daily. In addition to the blooms, the foliage will also grow to become much dense when full sun exposure is provided.
Cold hardy from USDA zones 9 – 11 as an evergreen and capable of surviving the winters of USDA zones 6 – 8 as well. In colder climates your Lady Banks will act as a deciduous plant and lose its leaves during the winter.
This vine is highly adaptable and will grow in a variety of conditions. Rich, well-drained soil that remains moist is ideal for growth, but it will also withstand drought like conditions once established. Be sure that your soil is also rich in organic material. Otherwise, it is not picky about soil types.
Lady Banks blooms on old wood, so be careful not to over-prune the older branches. You’ll be busy enough trying to contain the size of this rose – it is not meant for small spaces and can easily grow to 30 feet or more, quickly swallowing all that stands in its way. Pruning back fully may be detrimental to the life of your plant. Around February, before the growing season starts, prune if you please.
*The Yellow Lady Banks Rose (Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’) is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant and will go dormant during the winter months. When this plant is ordered during the Fall/Winter expect seasonal foliage decline (discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant. *