Bush Roses

Bush Roses

‘That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’
So said Shakespeare and he knew a thing or two.  The British have long had a love affair with Roses and it shows no sigh of diminishing.  Every year we sell hundreds of Roses and we pride ourselves on sourcing a range of bushes and climbers to fill almost any garden situation. 

To be happy, Roses do require a few very basic essentials. ‚Äč

  • They are happiest in a sunny situation, they need lots of nutrition to keep on producing flowers, they don’t want to be dried out in a drought or drowned in a flood, and they dislike having to grow where roses have been growing before.
  • But there are ways of at least bending, whilst not breaking, the rules. 
  • Full sun can become part shade as long as you choose a vigorous healthy variety. 
  • Dry soil can have lots of manure dug into it to help hold moisture, while wet areas can have slightly raised areas to keep the majority of roots out of water in winter. 
  • Feeding really is essential, as if Roses starve they simply don’t flower, so it’s up to you! 
  • The problem of replanting used to necessitate replacing huge amounts of soil. 
  • In recent years however blends of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi, bacteria and nutrients have been developed which can be incorporated when planting to overcome this issue.  We stock Vitax Q4 Rootmore which is ideal for use in this situation and encourages Roses and other newly planted shrubs and trees to grow abundant healthy root systems.    

Our Roses can be divided up into two basic groups – bushes and climbers. 

Bush Roses will include the traditional Hybrid Teas, with one spectacular bloom per stem, Floribundas, producing clusters of smaller blooms, and Shrubs, which tend to be slightly larger and more informal

Climbing roses fall into either Climbers or Ramblers, with the Ramblers tending to be more informal and often only having one major flush of blooms in the early summer.  All Roses benefit from correct pruning in early spring, but newly planted ones are best left for their first season to allow them to establish first.    

This year has been a difficult one for everyone and our Rose growers have had their share of problems, so we have had to work extra hard to source our usual range of quality plants.  We know that some of your favourites are missing but hope this will only be temporary.  Each year the industry has its own Miss World for Roses and crowns one particularly fabulous variety Rose of the Year.  We are happy to see that in the lists we offer for sale there are no fewer than ten such winners, including the 2020 winner Sweet Honey. 

Rose of the Year Winners                    

1987  Royal William

1999  Fascination

2002  Simply the Best

2003  Rhapsody in Blue

2006  Hot Chocolate

2007  Tickled Pink

2010  Absolutely Fabulous

2011  Joie de Vivre

2017  Scent from Heaven

2020  Sweet Honey

You will find below a list of bush roses we are stocking this season. Please check with us first as some varieties can sell out quickly.

 BUSH ROSES COLOUR FLOWER TYPE HEIGHT X FRAGRANT OTHER 
        SPREAD    
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS YELLOW DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm MYRRH LIKE HEALTHY, CUTTING
ARTHUR BELL DEEP YELLOW SEMI DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 45cm VERY CUTTING
BIRTHDAY GIRL CREAM/PINK MARGIN SEMI DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm LIGHT HEALTHY
BLUE FOR YOU PALE PURPLE SEMI DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 60 x 45cm FRAGRANT HEALTHY
BONICA SOFT PINK SEMI DOUBLE MODERN SHRUB 90 x 150cm VERY HEALTHY
BRIGHT AS A BUTTON LILAC/MAGENTA EYE SINGLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 120cm SLIGHT EXCEPTIONAL DISEASE RESISTANCE
EBB TIDE SMOKY PURPLE DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 75cm SPICY COMPACT
ENGLISH MISS LIGHT PINK   DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 45cm FRAGRANT FLORIFEROUS
ENGLISH PRINCESS SHELL PINK DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 60cm VERY COMPACT
FAB @ 40 SOFT PINK DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT FLORIFEROUS
FAB @ 50 APRICOT DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT FLORIFEROUS
FAB @ 70 BRIGHT RED DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT FLORIFEROUS
FAB @60 DEEP PINK DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT FLORIFEROUS
FAIRY ROSE LIGHT PINK   DOUBLE POLYANTHUS 60 x120cm SLIGHT GROUND COVER
FASCINATION MID PINK SEMI DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 60cm FRAGRANT COMPACT
FETZER SYRAH ROSE VELVET RED DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 120 x 90cm VERY COMPACT
FOR YOU WITH LOVE ORANGE DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT COPPERY FOLIAGE
GOLDEN 50TH ANNIVERSARY CANARY YELLOW DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 80 x 60cm DELICATE HEALTHY
GOLDEN BEAUTY GOLDEN AMBER DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT HEALTHY
GOLDEN WEDDING GOLDEN YELLOW DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 45cm VERY HEALTHY
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DEEP PINK DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 60cm FRAGRANT HEALTHY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ORANGEY YELLOW DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 75 x 60cm VERY COMPACT
HOT CHOCOLATE RUSSET BROWN DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 45cm VERY VIGOROUS
I AM MACMILLAN SALMON DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 70cm FRAGRANT HEALTHY
ICEBERG WHITE/CREAM  SEMI DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 120 x 60cm SLIGHT FLORIFEROUS
JOIE DE VIVRE PEACH/PALE PINK DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 60 x 45cm FRAGRANT COMPACT
KORRESIA BRIGHT YELLOW DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 60cm FREESIA LIKE  HEALTHY
MANY HAPPY RETURNS BLUSH PINK   SEMI DOUBLE MODERN SHRUB 75 x 75cm SLIGHT FLORIFEROUS
MARGARET MERILL WHITE/CREAM DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 45cm VERY CUTTING
MARY BERRY HONEY CREAM DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT CUTTING
MUM IN A MILLION DARK PINK DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 120 x 60cm VERY CUTTING
NAOMI DEEP PINK DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 120 x 60cm VERY HEALTHY
ONE LOVE VERMILLION DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 60 x 60cm VERY HEALTHY
PEACE PRIMROSE/PINK EDGE DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 135 x 90cm VERY SWEET CUTTING
PRECIOUS AMBER APRICOT DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 75cm FRAGRANT HEALTHY
PRECIOUS GOLD GOLDEN YELLOW SEMI DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT HEALTHY
PRECIOUS LOVE ORANGE RED SEMI DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 60 x 60cm SLIGHT VERY HEALTHY
PRECIOUS RUBY DEEP RUBY RED SEMI DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 70 x 70cm LIGHT HEALTHY
RACHEL PEACH/PINK DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 90 x 60cm VERY CUTTING
RED ABUNDANCE DARK RED DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 45cm VERY WEATHER RESISTANT
REMEMBER WHITE/CREAM DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 45cm FRAGRANT CUTTING
RHAPSODY IN BLUE PURPLISH BLUE ! SEMI DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT HEALTHY
ROYAL WILLIAM  DEEP RED DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 90 x 60cm VERY CUTTING
RUBY 40TH ANNIVERSARY RUBY RED DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 80 x 50cm FRAGRANT GLOSSY FOLIAGE
RUBY ANNIVERSARY RED DOUBLE PATIO 45 x 30cm SLIGHT COMPACT
SCENT-IMENTAL CREAM/PINK BICOLOUR DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 45cm EXCEPTIONAL CUTTING
SILVER ANNIVERSARY WHITE/CREAM DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT CUTTING
SIMPLY THE BEST COPPER ORANGE DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 90 x 60cm FRAGRANT CUTTING
SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY DARK PINK DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 60 x 60cm VERY HEALTHY
SWEET HONEY CREAMY HONEY DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 75cm LIGHT HEALTHY
THE WREN LIGHT PINK   DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 75 x 75cm FRAGRANT HEALTHY
THINKING OF YOU CRIMSON DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 75 x 60cm VERY CUTTING
TICKLED PINK LIGHT PINK   DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 90 x 45cm FRAGRANT HEALTHY
TIMELESS CHARISMA FUCHSIA PINK DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 90 x 90cm VERY HEALTHY
TIMELESS CREAM CREAMY APRICOT DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 105 x 75cm VERY HEALTHY
TIMELESS PINK DARK PINK DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 105 x 90cm VERY HEALTHY
TIMELESS PURPLE PURPLE DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 75 x 75cm VERY OLD FASHIONED
WARM WISHES APRICOT PEACH DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 90 x 90cm FRAGRANT HEALTHY
WELL-BEING YELLOW/PINK EDGING DOUBLE HYBRID TEA 110 x 90cm VERY HEALTHY
WITH LOVE CREAMY WHITE DOUBLE FLORIBUNDA 80 x 50cm FRAGRANT DARK  FOLIAGE

 

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