Rose bushes are probably the most popular garden plant there is. They flower from late May well into winter. They are among the most beautifully scented garden flowers. There is a rose for almost every purpose; from low border, to high screen (even hedges), from tidy patio climber to huge rambling rose capable of covering a garage or giving even large trees a coat of many flowers in June. You can buy any of over 250 varieties of rose bush here. All are available as bareroot roses for winter planting although our roses can be ordered at any time of year. Depending on the weather however, delivery is between the beginning of November and the end of March. Bareroot roses are larger, healthier and more economical than pot grown roses; they are enormously tough and extremely easy to handle and plant.
We try extremely hard to produce high quality roses. The best rootstocks are chosen and the varieties on offer are selected to provide a range of colour, blossom shape, scent, size and habit so as to suit any taste and location. Almost all roses are grafted which required skill and delicacy and our plants are grown in the heavy but good draining soil that roses love.
There is such a range of roses available that it is easy to fill your basket with a list as long as your arm. The effect, unless you are careful, can be a bit of a patchwork quilt. So our advice when choosing bush roses for any kind of mass planting is to work in groups of three of the same variety and to stick to a narrow palette of two or three colours. Climbing and rambling roses are a different story as they tend to be planted singly anyway so choose according to eventual size and colour when growing on a wall, fence or into a tree. Think about colour co-ordination more when you are growing mixed climbing roses on arches or pergolas. And David Austin roses, of which we have a large selection have got very much better in terms of disease resistance while the shrub roses are just about bomb-proof. So much to enjoy! And no need to worry about quality - all the roses we sell are A Grade (which is the best).
If you want to know how to plant roses, as they say, the answer lies in the soil. Preparation is everything and as a rose bush will live for 30-40 years a little extra time spent planting is a good investment. Dig a planting hole that is comfortably wide enough to spread the roots out so they do not touch the sides but not so deep that the union is buried. Wet the roots and then sprinkle them with Rootgrow. Improve the soil you removed by the addition of about 25% well-rotted compost/manure before returning it to the hole. Don't plant your roses too deep. Water well immediately and all through their first spring and summer. Thereafter deadhead, prune according to the type of rose (lots of advice on this), rake up and burn leaves and prunings and mulch in spring with well-rotted compost.
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