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Our wide range of roses includes climbers, ramblers, floribunda, hybrid tea, patio, shrub and standards and we have a particularly good selection of repeat flowering scented shrub roses.  Our stock includes a good selection of Bentley West and Paul Chessum.  Unfortunately,  David Austen has withdrawn all of their roses from general sale and are only propagating and distributing them themselves.  This means we shall be missing a few old stalwarts in the shrub section, but there are thousands of roses out there to choose from and we are working hard to make sure we have a good selection for you.

We buy all our roses bare root in November and put them in large pots in our special rich compost mix so we know they will get off to a good start.  To see the list of roses that we have in stock at the beginning of the season, please see the list below; this does not, however, guarantee availability. If you are looking for something particular, do ask – we might be able to help. Call us on 01225 862 392 or email us.

Gorgeous Hybrid Tea Rose Flower in yellow/orangeGenerally,  we keep in stock roses which make the perfect gift for silver, golden, ruby anniversary gifts or any special occasion. See our list here.

Welcome to our Roses list.  The guide to colours, size, scents etc is approximate.

Location: Our rose bushes may be found on the standing-out ground to your left as you approach the main glass house

Downside Nurseries Rose List as at 01 April 2021

Please remember that the list below is correct as at 01 April,but not all of these plants may be available on the day of your visit

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Key to “Notes” Column

 Note  Description
 C  Continuous
 H  Suitable for hedging
 NW  Grows on North wall
 P  Tolerates poor soil
 R  Repeat flowering
 S  Summer flowering
 Sh  Tolerates shade
 T Suitable to grow in to a tree

Climbers And Ramblers

Climbing v Rambling:
Climbing roses form a frame and you prune back to the frame each year;
Ramblers scramble over a fence or pergola and you prune by taking out whole old stems, leaving the new growth to take over.

Variety Name Colour Height Scent Notes
 
Alibaba  AGM Red/peach/salmon 3.0m good R
Compassion Pink shaded apricot 2.4m Strong R
Crimson Cascade Dark velvet red 3.0m Good R
Dancing Queen  AGM Bright Pink 3.0m Good R
Danse du Feu Red 3.7m Light R NW
Dizzy Heights Glowing scarlet 3.0m Good R
Emily Grey                               Rambler Soft yellow 5.5m Good R
Excelsa                                    Rambler Magenta 4.5m Slight R
Felicite et Perpetue                   Rambler Creamy pink 6.0m Delicate NW P S T
Francoise Juranville                   Rambler Coral pink 6.0m Delicate NW P R
Gardener’s Glory Golden yellow 3.0m Sweet R
Golden Showers Yellow,relatively thornless 2.4m Good NW P R
Handel Creamy white edged crimson 3.0m slighty R
Iceberg White,relatively thornless 3.0m Slight NW P R
Madame Alfred Carriere White 6.0m Good R
Maigold Bronze yellow 3.6m Good R
Penny Lane Champagne blush 4.0m Good R
Pink Perpetue Rose pink 3.0m Slight R
Seagull   AGM                          Rambler White/golden stamens 6.0m good
Scent from Heaven (RoseoftheYear 2017) Orange Salmon 3.0m Fruity R
Schoolgirl Apricot/orange 3.0m Good R
Shot Silk Cherry pink,gold cenre 4.5m Good R
Zeppherine Drouhin Carmine pink, r. thornless 4.0m Very NW P R

Floribunda Roses Flower all Season

Variety Name Colour Height Scent
Absolutely Fabulous Butter yellow 75cm Strong
Arthur Bell Brightyellow 100cm. strong
Belle de Jour  (Rose of the Year 2021) Yellow/apricot 90cm Strong
Burgandy Ice Dark plum 90cm Slight
Compassion Satin pink 75cm Spicy
Eyes for You Pink/burgundy eye 90cm Lemon
For Your Eyes Only (Rose of Year 2015) Apricot/pink/orange eye 80cm Slight
Golden Wedding Golden yellow 90cm Good
Happy Anniversary Deep pink 80cm Good
Harry Edland Lilac pink 90cm Strong
Hot Chocolate Velvet smokey brown 90cm Good
Lady Marmalade ( Rose of the Year 2014) Bright tangerine 90cm Good
Love Struck AGM (Rose of  theYear 2018) Cherry red 95cm Slight
Many Happy Returns Pastel pink 75cm Good
Margaret Merril White 90cm Good
Moment in Time (Rose of the Year 2012) Ruby red 60cm Strong
Oranges and Lemons Orange striped yellow 90cm Light
Remembrance Scarlet 75cm Spicy
Rhapsody in Blue (rose of the Year 2003) Purple fading to blue 120cm Strong
Scentimental Cream striped red and pink 90cm Strong
Super Trouper Bright orange 90cm Slight
Tickled Pink Silvery pink 90cm Medium
Trumpeter AGM Scarlet red 69cm Slight

Ground Cover Roses Flower all Season

Variety Name Colour Height Scent Notes
Kent Pure white 60x90cm    
Surrey Soft 60x120cm

Hedging Roses

Variety Name Colour Height Scent Notes
Rosa rubiginosa ( R eglanteria) Pink,decorative hips H P R
Rosa rugosa Alba White decorative hips H P R
Rosa spinoissima   (R pimpinellifolia) White decorative hips H P R

Hybrid Tea Roses Flower all Season

Nostalgic Roses are continuous flowering roses. At 1m they are larger than most Hybrid Teas and could easily be classed as small shrub roses,but the breeder considers them Hybrid Teas.They are strongly scented. Only recently available, they are proving very popular.
Variety Name Colour Height Scent Notes
A Whiter Shade of Pale Very pale pink 90cm Strong
Chicago Peace Yellow flamed apricot/pink 70cm Slight
Enchantress Light pink 100cm Strong Nostalgic
Fragrant Cloud Coral Red 90cm Strong
Global Beauty Yellow 100cm Strong Nostalgic
Ice Cream White 90cm Strong
Kings Ransom Rich yellow 90cm Good
Lavender Ice Lavender blue 100cm Slight
Lovely Lady Rose pink 60cm. Good
Loving Memory Velvet red 80cm Delicate
Moody Blue Mauve blue 100cm Strong
Nostalgia White/cherryred 100cm Good Nostalgic
Peace Yellow flushed pink 100cm Slight
Pink Martini Medium pink 100cm Strong Nostalgic
Rachel Soft apricot 100cm Good Nostalgic
Scentimental Cream/red stripes 75cm Strong
Silver Anniversary Pure white 90cm Good
Simply the Best White 75cm Good
Soeur Emanuelle Pink 90cm Strong
Special Anniversary Magenta pink 90cm Strong
Strike it Rich Gold/orange 100cm Good
Sunny Sky          (Rose of the Year1916) Creamy yellow 120cm Fruity
Thinking of You Crimson 90cm Good
Twice in a Blue Moon Silvery lilac 90cm Good
Warm Wishes Peachy coral 90cm Good
Whisky Mac Bronze/orange 75cm Good
Wildberry Berry with pink centre 90cm Good

Shrub Roses

The term shrub rose covers quite a wide variety of types. Some of the heritage varieties flower only once in the summer but are still worth growing for their beauty and fragrance.
Modern shrub roses are modern hybrids which repeat flower
Moss roses have mossy growth on their stems and calyces and double or semi double flowers in clusters.
Portland compact  are repeat flowering  roses with double or semi double flowers
Rosa mundi syn Rosa Galiicia Versicolour  with crimson striped white flowers
Rosa rubrifolia syn Rosa glauca -Grey foliage red hips  and
Rosa Rugosa are sturdy roses which flower repeatedly and are suitable for hedging.They have large ornamental hips.
Variety Name Colour Height Scent Notes
Felicia Sivery pink 1.5 x 1.5m Strong
Frau Dagmar Hastrup         (Rugosa) Pink 1.5 x 1.5m Strong
Henri Matisse Red, pink, white stripes 1.0 x 1.0m Strong R
Jacqueline du Pre            (Modern shrub) Blush white 1.3×1.0m Musk H P R
Jacques Cartier AGM              (Portland) Pink 1.2x 0.9m Strong R
La Rose de Molinarde AGM Deep pink 1.4 x 1.2m Strong R
Macmillan Nurse Whie blush pink .0.9 x 0.9m Medium R
Madame Hardy AGM White 1.5×1.2m Strong NW
Moonlight Creamy white clusters 1.5 x 1.5m Strong R
Patricia Kent Creamy yellow 1.3 x 0.9m Strong R
Pretty Jessica Warm pink 0.9 x 0.6m Strong R
Rosa Moyesii Geranium Geranium red     red hips 2.4×1.8m Slight
Rosa Mundi     (Rosa Gallica Versicolor) Crimson striped white 1.2×1.0m Medium Sh P
Rosa Mutabilis Light yellow then deep pink 1.2×1.0m None R
Sally Holmes                 (Modern shrub) Pale pink to white 1.2×0.9m Slight H P R
Souvenir du Dr. Jamin Plum red 1.5×1.2m Rich Sh P R
The Fairy Clusters of double pink flowers .0.8x 0.9m Apple R
Westerland                    (Modern shrub) Apricot blend 1.8×1.2m Strong R
William Lobb AGM Dusky purple 1.8×1.5m Good NW

Standard Roses Flower all Season

Variety Name Colour Height Scent Notes
Crimson Sweet Dreams Crimson 50cm Good
Flower Power Peach/salmon 50cm Spicy
Happy Aniversary Red 75cm Sweet
Happy Golden Wedding AGM Clear golden yellow 75cm Good
Many Happy Returns Blush pink 75cm Slight
Margaret Merril Pure white 75cm Strong
My Dad Deep pink 75cm Light
Nostalgia White/cherry red 75cm Good
Pretty Polly Bright pink 50cm Slight
Trumpeter Scarlet 75cm Slight
Wildfire Flame Orange 50cm Good
You’re Beautiful Bright Pink 75cm Light

Terrace, Patio and Miniature Roses Flower all Season

Variety Name Colour Height Scent Notes
Festival Scarlet-Silver reverse 55cm Slight
Flower Power Peach-salmon 45cm Spicy
Flower Power Gold Golden Yellow 45cm Good
Gentle Touch Pale pink 40cm Slight
Gloriana Mauve pink 200cm Light Climber
Greenall’s Glory Siver-white/pale pink 45cm Good
Laura Ford Yellow/amber 200cm Slight Climber
Love Knot Deep red 200cm Slight Climber
Orange Sunblaze Orange red 45cm Slight
Pretty Polly Bright pink 30cm Slight
Red Rascal Blood Red 45cm Slight
Ruby Anniversary Bright red 55cm Delicate
Sunseeker Scarlet,yellow centre 55cm Slight
Sweet Dream Peach/apricot 45cm Good
Sweet Magic Orange and gold 45cm Good
Sweet Memories Creamy Yelloe 45cm Good
Wildfire Flame orange 50cm Good