Posted: 27/07/2015 at 22:47
I agree, local is the way to go.
I used to buy bare root roses form David Austin but found that some varieties turned out to be too wussy for my local conditions and struggled with the long, wet winters and deep cold spells. Now I buy potted DA roses for the same price from a rose nursery in the Ardennes on the grounds that anything he can grow outdoors all year can cope with my garden. Even then it seems my conditions are more extreme so I've had to rescue some from the beds and into pots to nurture along. All are responding well.
The good doers are Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle, Falstaff, Teasing Georgia, Queen of Sweden, Jacqueline Dupré, Generous Gardener and Constance Spry plus a Kiftsgate and a few ground cover roses whose names I've lost.
The wusses are William Shakespeare, Geoff Hamilton and Munstead Wood, Graham Thomas and one of my two Benjamin Britten's. Molyneux, Guinée and New Dawn turned up their toes in a long 3 week frost going below -20C every night.