So many roses, so little space…

Sensuous roses confirm the presence of early summer. The variation in fragrance and the brilliance of their blooms create a magical atmosphere in the garden. Roses contribute scent, form and colour and can easily be incorporated into any garden scheme.

English shrub rose – A comparatively recent introduction, include many which have rapidly established themselves as firm favourites and are happily, widely grown.

Old shrub roses – Gallica, Damask, Alba, Centifolia and Moss, these are the roses of history, the forerunners of today’s garden shrub roses. Richly scented, magnificent blooms with lax growth, giving the garden an air of maturity.

Modern Bush Roses – For sheer brilliance of bloom, for innovative colour, for massed display, the modern bush rose will satisfy all such demands and more besides. Included in this group are the Hybrid Teas, the most popular of all garden roses, multi-flowered Floribundas, and an extensive range of miniature and Patio roses, many ideal for small gardens or pots.

Miniature and Patio roses – Are suitable for today’s smaller gardens and are reliably hardy.

Climbing and Rambler Roses – Cascading from mature trees, draping arches and pergolas, or clothing ancient walls, even covering an unsightly shed, the Climbing and Rambling roses may be put to endless use. Combine them with a complementory clematis for an eye-catching diplay of colour and interest over the summer period. Choose from soft, pastel shades, vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows or cooling creams and whites.

Some confusion arises over the terms climbing and rambler. Essentially the difference is simple, Climbing roses possess larger flowers than those to be found on ramblers, more closely resembling those of other garden roses. Generally they are likely to repeat their flowering whereas the ramblers flower mainly once only. The stems of climbing roses are stiff and are generally retained as a framework whilst ramblers have lax stems; those which have borne flowers are cut back to ground level after flowering in August. Train and tie in new shoots as they develop; feed and mulch following pruning.


Top 10 Roses

English shrub rose

‘Gertrude Jekyll’ one of many English roses which may be relied upon for their robust habit, abundance of flowers and disease free foliage. Reduce stems by about half in late autumn or early winter to reduce the possibility of damage through wind rock. Height 1.2m (4’) x spread 1m (3’).

‘Golden Celebration’ has magnificent, golden yellow blooms with an exceptional fragrance. It is repeat flowering and ideal for pots and containers. Height and spread 120cm x 120cm (4’ x 4’).

Rosa 'Golden Celebration'

Rosa ‘Golden Celebration’

‘Scepter’d isle’ a medium shrub, with double soft pink blooms. Upright growth with a strong myrrh fragrance. Will flower freely and continuously. Height 1.2m (4′) x spread 1m (3′)

Rosa 'Scepter'd Isle'

Rosa ‘Scepter’d Isle’

Old shrub rose

‘Rosa Mundi’ (Rosa gallica versicolor) – Blooms are unevenly striped rose-pink. They are heavily scented. Height 1.2m (4′) x spread 1.2m (4′). Grow Rosa ‘Mundi’ as a low, compact hedge to divide one part of the garden or flower border from another.

Rosa 'Mundi'

Rosa ‘Mundi’

Modern Bush rose

‘Jude the Obscure’ – a very free-flowering, bearing large incurved, chalice-shaped flowers. Soft yellow blooms with outstanding fruity fragrance. Height 1.2m (4′) x 1.1m (3.5).

Rosa 'Jude The Obscure'

Rosa ‘Jude The Obscure’

‘For Your Eyes Only’ – ‘Rose Of The Year’ 2015. A repeat-flowering floribunda rose, bears a profusion of single scented pink blooms beautifully shaded with a halo of apricot and salmon and a distinctive rich pink eye. Perfect as a container or ground cover rose. Height 1m (3′) x 1m (3′)

Rosa 'For Your Eyes Only'

Rosa ‘For Your Eyes Only’

Patio rose.

‘Sweet Dream’ – Bushy, upright growth and dense foliage make theis apricot-peach, patio rose suitable for the rock garden or for pot cultivation. Height 45cm (1.5’).


‘Felicite et Perpetue’ – Distinctive pompom flowers mass this classic rambler rose throughtout the season. A delicate scent, suggestive of primroses, recalls the early spring. Altogether reliable and garden-worthy. Height 3.5m (12’).


‘New Dawn’ – vigourous, fragrant and tolerant of some shade. Height 3.5m (12’).

‘Gloire de Dijon’ – a very fragrant, repeat flowering rose. Fully double , creamy-buff flowers, sometimes tinted pink. Height 5.4m (18′).