smmsanders wrote:I recently moved into an apartment with a small backyard garden (about 400 sf) It has a climbing rose bush (I think) that is getting crowded out by another shrub. Before I prune the neighboring shrub, I'd like to know what type of shrub it is and how I should prune it.
Heavy pruning of a rose bush should really be done only
in late winter/early spring. You can still prune as needed all summer, but as a general rule, wouldn't cut much more than about 6 to12 inches.
Don't prune too heavy in the fall/early winter because it may encourage new and tender growth, that can be easily damaged by the cold winter. When you prune early spring, you encourage the rose bush to 'wake up' and start growing!
Pruning does encourage growth.
I just cut back my Madame Alfred Carriere ( climber) by about 3 feet!
But it's a fairly large climber, and there's a long growing season left to go.
Based on the picture, your rose looks like it *could be* Don Juan
, but it's very hard to tell, seeing that it's not a closeup view.