We have just finished potting up our roses for 2012. With the demise of Jackson &Perkins (our main supplier), the selection is certainly not
what it used to be. But, we did locate many of our personal favourites. From personal experience, I can vouch for several David Austin varieties.
At my new garden in Langley, BC, I am very pleased with ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ - a Kool-Aid orange/pink/beetroot combo that blooms non-stop !
I am also stunned by ‘Teasing Georgia’ . Mine is six feet x six feet in only three years. It is a fantastic soft yellow and smells great.
I also love ‘Sally Holmes’. This is a shrub rose that has big wands of single white flowers with showy brown stamens. It is distinctive at thirty feet away.
‘GoldenWings’ is another great one ! This older , single-flowered shrub rose has been a pleasure. Simple flowers that open wide to show off
their lovely brown stamens. Bees love it !
At my old house in Vancouver, I always loved ‘Leander’ . This is an early David Austin variety that lately has been re-popularized by word of mouth.
It is a peachy, fragrant, disease-resistant dream and super vigorous. Mine got eight feet tall every year, after a hard pruning ! It didn’t mind part shade.
‘Abraham Darby’ was similar. But, the scent was even better – delicious, fruity fragrance from lots of big peachy flowers. This rose became a climber for me. It used an ancient fig tree as a trellis and bloomed constantly , on and off, almost all year. It was happy in total shade, which was a surprise.
’Madame Alfred Carriere’ is a white- flowered climber that also grows and flowers in shade, (or sun). Everyone wants one . I also used to grow
Rosa glauca . This hardy species has unusual grey-purple foliage , which is the reason to grow it. It does get big . More upright than wide, to about eight feet by four feet. The flowers are just OK – lots of single pink ‘wild’ roses, followed by attractive hips. Grab one if you see it for sale. We have some now., but won’t have them later……
All our potted roses are $29.99 each
Roses For Sale for 2012 – climbers. Click to open file
Roses For Sale for 2012 -Floribundas . Click to open file
Roses For Sale for 2012 DavidAustin varieties. Click to open file