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Which rose is right for me...?

alexemmersonukalexemmersonuk Posts: 165
Good morning everyone. 
I hope everyone is well. 
I'd love to buy a rose this year, but I am feeling really quite overwhelmed (and slightly confused) by the amount of choice out there. 
I know nothing about roses, so I was hoping that if I told you what I am after, you might be able to point me in the right direction. 

1. For reasons of space and with my house being rented, I'd love a rose which is NOT a climber, but one that would be happy in a pot (I have some very large pots available of need be). 
2. As I suffer with my health, my gardening is not always consistent, so I'd love a hardy rose that doesnt require too much work.... (I'll do what I can, I would just like to avoid any that are particularly high maintance). 
3. I'd love a rose that's a light shade of pink or purple. Defiitely not red. 
4. I'm not bothered about scent. 

I have a garden that is south facing and has plenty of sun, but also have shaded areas if need be. 

I'd like to buy it as an already mature plant so that I can start enjoying the flowers from this year. 

Any suggestions? 

Thank you so much! 



  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,913
    Look at the David Austin website their newer roses are very healthy. Wide range of colours and sizes. I grow all my roses in very large pots and they flourish. @Marlorena is the rose expert on here and should be able to advise but to be honest roses are tough as old boots. Good luck 
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 4,269
    edited 25 May
    @alexemmersonuk In a pot they will need plenty of water. Thought I would mention incase you have a problem with heavy watering cans. There is a rose called Sweet Dream that I recall winning awards years ago could be more peachy. Probably surpassed by newer varieties.

    BROWN IS A COLOUR   Piet Oudolf
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,843
    I would suggest Blue for You . Easy to look after, you can do as much or as little as you like to it. All roses need dead heading, but this one has bunches of pale blue/purple flowers, that if you want you can take the middle rose out when done and the rest will open wider, but if you leave it it doesn't matter,  and then you just cut off the whole group. This will bring another flush as this rose flowers now and again in August.  It has a very strong fragrance too. If it gets too tall , cut back in Feb/March and off it goes.
  • alexemmersonukalexemmersonuk Posts: 165
     is it this one?  
  • arossrobarossrob Posts: 58
    I personally buy ones that have scent as suggested above.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,843
    No not Blue Moon, but Blue for You . Try looking at Cants roses catalogue they have it @alexemmersonuk
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,241
    I've had an Arthur Bell in a container for about 20 years. It's yellow and scented.  They come in shrubs and climbers.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,324
    Unfortunately, your first two points don't go very well together. Anything in a pot is never low-maintenance.
    For light pink pot-friendly roses, there are many possibilities. My number one choice would be 'Olivia Rose Austin', it flowers a lot, doesn't get too big and is very healthy and easy to grow.
    If you want something less expensive, Trevor White is the best supplier out there.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,721
    I agree with Olivia Rose Austin, a beautiful rose. Mine is in the ground though.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,530
    Hello, Alex.

     I'd go for one with excellent disease resistance so you don't hopefully have to pick off blackspotted leaves and prune out diseased bits all the time. I don't have too many roses in your colour range that are totally blemish-free as it has been a mad season for blackspot, but some have been amazingly healthy. These totally immaculate ones include

     Twilight Zone

    Eustacia Vye

    and Marchenzauber / Bliss

    @Purplerallim's suggestion of Blue for You (what else? :D) also seems great... my new one is totally free from disease and has the prettiest buds right now.

    There is a good site called where you can search for different roses and look at photos of them in different people's gardens, and there are sometimes useful comments too.
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