From September 2010 we intend to keep a constant selection of container grown roses produced for us by Paul Chessum, one of England’s top rose growers. The best selection will be available during the autumn, winter and Spring periods as this is when the majority of varieties are being dispatched by the grower. However we anticipate that there will be a descent choice throughout the summer too.
Hybrid tea roses are plants that produce the traditional, one rose on a stem, style of rose suitable for cut flowers. They are available as bushes, standards and climbers. Floribunda roses are, generally speaking, about the same size plants as hybrid tea but have heads of smaller flowers. They too are available as bushes, standards and climbers. Patio roses, as the name suggests, are more compact and are suited to growing in containers on your patio or drive.
Climbing roses do not actually climb unaided and will require support but are grafted to vigorous root stocks resulting in fast growth. Rambling roses are like climbers but much more vigorous, and some are close in appearance to wild hedgerow roses. Ground cover roses are low in habit and spread further than their height whilst miniature roses need no explanation.
The last category that you may find is shrub roses. These are very tough, resilient plants usually with vicious thorns and old fashioned single flowers often known as dog roses. They are perfect for utility planting as they will deter people from walking through planting and can be maintained easily with a hedge trimmer.
Above these classifications, roses are often grouped in other categories such as Celebration and Memorial roses. Rose growers do this to try and make your buying experience more hassle free because the names of the roses will be related to the group they are in. For example “Loving Memory” is often known as a memorial rose and “Silver Wedding” is often a celebration rose. Roses within these groups are quite often purchased as gifts.