The Pilgrim Climbing Rose


The Pilgrim Climbing Rose in a 6 litre pot.

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Rosa ‘The Pilgrim’ is a stunning English shrub rose, named after the pilgrims in Chaucer’s famous work, ‘The Canterbury Tales’. This rose bears exquisite, soft yellow, chalice-shaped blooms, which gradually turn paler towards the edges. The blooms have a pleasant, medium-strong fragrance and are borne in large clusters, making a magnificent display throughout the summer. The growth habit of this rose is bushy and vigorous, with glossy, dark green foliage that contrasts beautifully with the blooms. It is an excellent choice for mixed borders and as a specimen plant. Bred by David Austin, ‘The Pilgrim’ has good disease resistance, making it a low-maintenance addition to any garden.

Key Facts

  • Common Name(s):The Pilgrim Rose
  • Hardiness:Fully hardy
  • How big will I get? Rosa ‘The Pilgrim’ can grow to a height of 3.5m and a spread of 3.5m.
  • Did You Know That:There are over 100 different species of roses, and thousands of hybrids?

Plant Calendar

A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Flowering Time
Foliage Colour

Care Guide

Soil Requirements

Rosa ‘The Pilgrim’ prefers moist but well-draining soil. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.

Best Position

Rosa ‘The Pilgrim’ prefers a sheltered position and requires full sun to thrive, this consists of more than six hours of direct sunshine per day.


Rosa ‘The Pilgrim’ should be pruned in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Start by removing any dead, damaged, or diseased wood from the plant, cutting back to healthy wood and sterilizing your pruning shears between cuts to prevent disease spread. To encourage the growth of new canes, cut back the lateral branches on the main stems to two or three buds. Tie in new canes to your support structure as they grow, using a soft material like twine or velcro tape to prevent damage to the plant. Finally, remove any crossing branches or branches that are rubbing against each other to prevent damage and encourage healthy growth. By following these steps, you can keep your climbing roses healthy, attractive, and blooming beautifully year after year.

Pest, Diseases and Wildlife

Rosa ‘The Pilgrim’ can have problems with aphids, leafhoppers, and scale insects , it can be vulnerable to certain diseases such as black spot, rust and powdery mildews. It is also known to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. It is not considered to be toxic.

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