John Cabot' was the first climbing rose in the Explorer series. It blooms heavily in June and July with bloom color that varies between deep pink and red, generally starting in a deeper red color, maturing to a brighter pink.
‘John Cabot’ is one of the hardiest upright arching shrubs or climbers, this vigorous rose has continuous double red 2.5' clustered flowers; disease resistant; a wonderful selection for trailing over arbors. It will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. As a climbing rose, it can be leggy near the base and may be concealed by underplanting with lower-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.