Here are some pictures of a rose arbor I pruned (along with the help of 2 other ladies).
This is the second year, I have pruned this rose. The first year, it needed a lot of work and we probably hauled away a trailer full of old canes. This year, we were able to do it in half the time and we only removed a couple of the larger canes.
A climbing rose has large main canes and from each of the canes come laterals. You can see the long crazy overgrown laterals in the before picture. These were pruned to about 12 inches. In June, each of the shorter laterals should produce one or two flowers on their stems.
If you have any questions about pruning climbers, let me know!
The Rose Arbor in late June.
As you can see in this photo we allowed some canes from the climber to sprawl along the fence as well as climb. This rose is so vigorous, it had no problem spreading out! There is also a purple clematis planted on the left side of the arbor, which adds extra fullness on that side.