i am looking for some roses and have come across britishroses.co.uk, has anyone used this site and what are the roses like ?. or can anyone recommend a good website for buying roses.
Were you interested in them because they are near where you live? If so, go and have a look and then decide.
I used to buy from James Cocker in Aberdeen. My thinking was that anything that could grow there would find my garden little short of paradise. I now just buy from my local garden centre because they know me and any problems are quickly resolved with a smile.
Another one that only buys from local nurseries. I want to ensure that whatever I buy is used to what it's going to have to put up with in the Cheviot hills in north Northumberland.When I last bought roses, it was from here. They're all doing nicely.
I bought my roses from Ashridge trees. Not as wide a range as a specialist perhaps, but they were good plants, well packed and doing well - planted early this year. Most of them are putting on growth rather than flowers, as expected. One or two are managing one bud or so. 'For your eyes only', which I bought on impulse and planted in a large pot as I hadn't worked out a home for it, has been amazing, covered in beautiful flowers and still going strong, with lots of healthy foliage!
I buy my roses from the late Peter Beales' Classic Roses http://www.classicroses.co.uk/
You won't buy better anywhere and their site has a fantastic search facility to help select the right roses for your conditions.
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.
-20 for three weeks would make me turn up my toes too.
It almost did for my Kiftsgate but one stem survived and has now regrown to start covering the house again. This is 6 years later.