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Shrub Roses

Please note that many of the roses here have recently been containerised, so please don't be surprised if you find the compost falls away when you remove it from the pot. We use a very high quality compost for our roses which we recommend be incorporated into the hole when planting.

There are numerous different classes of roses.  As you can see here, we have tried to simplify things by categorising our selection differently.  Each rose featured details its true category.  Please continue reading to see a brief overview of what each of these mean:

Alba Roses

This class dates back to the middle ages.  The blooms are always shades of white or pink and have bluish leaves.  Albas are amongst the hardiest of roses and will survive in poor soil conditions or in shaded positions.  Some varieties can be trained as climbers.

Bourbon Roses

The original bourbon rose was found in the Isle de Bourbon, east of Madagascar, an important point for French ships sailing between the Far East and Europe in the 18th century.  They are mostly repeat-flowering, slender plants.

Centifolia Roses

The original centifolia roses probably appeared towards the end of the 16th century.  The blooms are generally large and globular and are very fragrant.

China Roses

Brought to Europe during the 18th century, these are ideal for planting in borders or in pots and flower repeatedly throughout the season.  Some are suitable for training as climbers.

Damask & Portland Roses

Probably brought to Europe from the Middle East by the Crusaders, they are usually richly-scented and the flowers are borne in loose clusters.

Gallica Roses

Probably the oldest of garden roses, having been grown by the Greeks and Romans, these plants form short, bushy shrubs and are very hardy.

Hybrid Musk Roses

Free-flowering and versatile.  Good as a specimen, group or hedge.  Mostly raised by the Reverand Joseph Pemberton from Essex in the 1920s.

Hybrid Perpetuals

Popular roses of Victorian and Edwardian eras, they are repeat-flowering and strongly scented.  The darker colours grow well in partial shade, or as climbers on north-facing walls.

Modern Shrub Roses

Most modern shrub roses are hybrids of old and species roses.  Most are robust and free-flowering.

Moss Roses

Moss roses originate mainly from centifolias (some Damasks), having formed a moss-like growth on their sepals which produces a contrasting fragrance to that of the bloom.

Polyantha Roses

First brought to Europe in 1865 from Japan.  Flowers are borne in tightly-packed clusters and bloom continuously.  They are ideally suited to the smaller garden.

Rugosa Roses

Brought to Europe from Japan in 1779, rugosas will grow in poor conditions and have good disease resistance.  They are characterised by their deeply-veined leaves, prickly stems and have large hips.

Species Roses, Sweetbriars and Pimpinellifolias

Species roses are noted for their elegant growth and simple flowers, followed by colourful hips.  They are ideal for open or 'wild' areas of the garden but also effective in borders.

Floribunda Roses

Floribunda roses produce many blooms in clusters on each stem.  They are ideal for making colourful bedding displays and some of the more heavily-petalled varieties are good for cutting.  They flower almost continually from June to late September, and often longer if there are no sharp frosts.

Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid Tea roses have large double blooms and are heavily-petalled, forming a conical centre.  They will usually have between 3 and 7 flowers on each stem and, like floribunda roses, can flower repeatedly from June to September and often beyond if they are not hit by any severe frosts.


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