Why is my climbing rose bare at the bottom?
As some climbing rosebushes get older and taller, they tend to drop all the foliage at the bottom. This is what we call a bush being "leggy". Many folks plant some nice companion perennial flowering plants at the base of climbing roses and some taller hybrid tea and grandiflora rosebushes. That way we have colorful bloom smiles at the base and up around the top as well. The canes of these climbers act more like supply highways to the upper part of the bush and thus do not want to rob any of those nutrients getting to the upper parts. Kind of a neat action of nature really.