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06/09/2013 at 15:06

Please could anyone recommend a good website for purchasing roses?  I would hate to waste my time and money on rubbish. many thanks

06/09/2013 at 15:24

They have wonderful display gardens too.  The scent of these roses is divine and they are usually repeat flowerers.

06/09/2013 at 21:05

I've bought roses from David Austin and Peter Beales and both were excellent. 

06/09/2013 at 21:46

all my roses have come from Austins, and none have dissapointed me

06/09/2013 at 22:19

Pococks are good too......

06/09/2013 at 23:14

For me Fryer's Roses are the best quality I have ever bought. Really healthy established plants.

07/09/2013 at 08:19

Thankyou for your suggestions. Are there any pros/cons re container vs bare rooted ?

07/09/2013 at 09:06

Bare rooted are for planting in Autumn (which doesn't arrive until 1 November), and containers at any time . Beware the trap I fell into once when I bought some container roses for planting out in summer only to find they had been potted 5 minutes before. All the soil fell off leaving me with bare rooted plants in high summer.

07/09/2013 at 09:43

Container grown as opposed to containerised (as wg wb found) are a lot more expensive than bare root. If you buy from a garden centre in a pot, tip it out to see if its just a bare root packed in peat.

Mail order, I would order bare roots now for delivery November, and meanwhile start to prepare the planting holes.

07/09/2013 at 10:11

Bare root are cheaper, though its worth looking in your local garden centre every now and again in case they reduce the prices.

07/09/2013 at 21:45

I started a rose bed last year in an attempt top make the garden a little more maintenance free..I overbuy over propagate and over plant haha. I bought my roses in two varieties bare root from Austins. I ordered and planted late Winter too late really. Two of the plants failed. I found Austins to be very helpful, plants were replaced without question. The have all settled well, here in the NE, plenty of new growth plenty of flowers. I'm a happy customer. Their brochure is excellent and they usually have multi buy offers. 

08/09/2013 at 20:57

I bought 10 bare root roses from JParkers and 2 out ofthem died after the first year, 3 have a weak and slow growth and the others are good. Whereas every single container grown rose I have bought from Fryer's roses has grown really healthy.

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