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|Roses vary in colour from white through to yellows, oranges, reds
and purples. The colour here represents the rose's colour if grown in
sandy Norfolk soil in East Anglian weather conditions. If you garden
in a different situation then the colour tones may vary.
|Bare root roses are available to order all year with despatch from November to March.|
|Container roses are available in spring and summer and ready pruned in late summer autumn.|
|Standard Tree roses are budded in 'Standard' form at varying heights.
2'6" for half standards,
3'3" for modern and full standards,
3'6" for shrub standards
4'6" for weeping standards..
|Click on the letter to see roses starting with that letter.|
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|Roses belong to many families such as the Portlands, Damasks, the modern
families and many more. Different families have different charactaristics; the
Damasks tend to be very double flowers with heavy scents, and the species
tend to be single flowers with mostly little scent that attract varied wildlife.
Roses fall into many groups which more or less define their function in the
garden. Groups include shrubs which tend to be full, waist height plants,
climbers which climb up structures, ramblers with grow quickly up to 15m (40ft)
or more although they tend not to repeat flower, and procumbent ground covering roses
which are useful for sprawling closer to the ground
Search by the estimated eventual height of the plant.
Plant mesurements are given as height by width. All heights quoted on the website
are guide heights based on mature plants grown in Norfolk sandy soil conditions under
East Anglian sun and so your eventual plant size may vary.
|Rose scent is so subjective that there was intense debate here at Peter Beales Roses
on whether it should even be included on our website. But as it is such an important
factor for many rose growers we have tried to provided scent strengths. These scent ratings
have been compiled soley by Peter Beales himself to try and give total consistancy through out
this very subjective topic. For example some roses smell intensely of citrus or myrh but
there are some people who can simply not detect either fragrance!
|Roses vary in thornyness from totally thornless roses like Zephrine Drouhin and Kathleen Haropp
through to very thorny roses like Kiftsgate and Mermaid, which are so big and thorny
they are useful for using as security barriers where intruders may otherwise stray! Most roses have some thorns and some are extremely interesting and beautiful.
|Where possible we have provided the date of introduction for each variety.
Some roses, especially the species roses which evolved naturally are so old
that the rose community can only guess at the age so we have provided an estimate.
Normally five petalled blooms exposing stamens at the centre.
Goblet shaped flowers of varying numbers of petals.
Many petalled flowers.
Blooms open from very pointed buds.
Generally open, often flat, usually many petalled
but sometimes has fewer petals.
Usually many petalled blooms with centre petals of
open flowers clearly falling into four segments
Shallow cupped saucer shaped blooms.
Densely packed petals forming usually convex shaped blooms.
Blooms with many disorderly petals in an attractive formation.
|Roses can either be single (a few petals), semi double (more petals) or double (lots of petals).
|Small bloom sizes are appx 2.5cm (1") across, while medium tend to be 5cm (2") to 75cm (3") across and large bloom sizes can be over 7.5cm (3")|
|Some roses, especially some of the hybrid teas and species roses can bear very interesting
hips if not dead headed in the summer. These come in a variety of colours and can help bring
birds and other wildlife into the garden, as well as add a dash of much needed colour in the autumn.
|Some roses, especially some of the hybrid teas and species roses can bear very interesting
hips if not dead headed in the summer. These come in a variety of sizes and shapes from oval
Suitable for growing:
|Some roses lend themselves to growing low down scrambling over beds, paving or any low part of the garden.|
|Some roses are suitable to be grown in a pot no smaller than 18" (45cm) in diameter.|
|If grown with support (oblisk etc) some shrub roses can be grown as a small climber.|
|Some roses have vigour and can survive and thrive when planted into a woodland.|
|Although no rose loves bad quality soil, some roses are more tolerant of poorer soils than other roses|
|Some roses are suitable for creating a hedge if planted at 12" to 24" intervals in a line.|
|Some varieties are worth growing for the ornamental value of hips|
|North wall conditions can be harsher than other aspects in terms of wind damage, frost and temperature changes. Some roses grow well in these conditions.|
|Although no rose enjoys shade, some are more tolerant of shade than others. All roses need at least 2 to 3 hours of direct sun a day, most need more.|
|Can be used to climb and ramble through small trees|
|If supported and pruned back, some climbing roses can be grown as shrub roses|
|Some rose varieties are worth growing for the colours of their autumn foliage|
|Some roses are suitable for growing in warm climates such as the South Europe, around the mediterranean and parts of the middle east.|
|Some roses are suitable for growing in colder climates, such as North Europe and Scandinavia.|
We stock a fantastic range of over 1100 different types of rose suitable for any position and any situation in your garden whether with other garden plants or without. You can browse through below alphabetically by group and click on the headings or search using the filters on the left hand side of this screen.
Nothing epitomizes the English summer like a beautifully designed garden dripping with scented rose blooms glistening with the late afternoon sunshine. Imagine gently ambling through your garden sipping a relaxing drink while the warm evening air wafts scent upon scent under your nose. This is a dream shared by most gardeners and indeed shared by the late Peter Beales MBE and his son Richard Beales (Managing Director).
Here at Peter Beales we have over 40 years experience with finding the right rose for the right spot in the garden so if you have any questions always feel free to pick up the phone and call our advice department 01953 454707.
Roses are available in two forms, depending on the time of year. Throughout winter from November to March the roses are dormant and can be cut back and safely handled in bare root form. Many established rose gardeners call this the peak time for purchasing and planting roses as a rose planted in Febuary has many months to put down a great root structure to support the blooms and the plant for the years to come. Most roses planted in Febuary will put out a great display of blooms the same year. From late winter throughout the year to November containerised roses are available. These are roses which we have planted into containers the end of the previous year. These roses can be purchased anytime throughout this period and the blooms enjoyed while the roses are still in the containers or after June when the roots have really established can be planted out into the garden. Containerised roses must be watered daily to give maximum blooms.
There are four main groups of rose. Bush and Shrub roses tend to be about as wide as they are tall and are perfect for growing in borders or as large specimen plants. Climbing roses grow up to around 2m (6ft) to 3m (12ft), can repeat flower and tend to flower on the current years growth. They are great for growing up pergolas and arches. Rambling roses can grow up to 10m (40ft) and tend to flower on the previous years growth and their size and vigor lends themselves to covering large areas such as dead trees and unsightly buildings. Ground covering roses tend to "scramble" low and are perfect for covering low fences and for cascading along the ground.
There are many families of rose from Floribunda (clustered roses) to Hybrid Tea (large flower single stem) through to Chinas and Wichuranas.
Each has its own characteristics from large blooms to smaller clusters or a certain type of scent.
Normally, the first place to start when choosing a rose is by its group (bush, climber, rambler) then by the colour, scent and size of flower you want.
A very old race of roses. The Albas flower in early summer and are almost invariably scented and extremely resistant to disease. Foliage is grey-green and produced abundantly on an upright, vigorous plant which never outgrows its welcome in any gardenClick here to see our selection...
Rosa arvensis, The Field Rose"" can be found growing wild in the countryside. Its hybrids have inherited the same vigour of their parent."Click here to see our selection...
The Bourbons first emerged in the mid-nineteenth century. They are most diverse, both in habit of growth and colour of flower. They were very popular in Victorian times when their repeat flowering characteristics were much appreciated, as indeed they are today.Click here to see our selection...
Not a large family but an interesting one. Thornless, arching growth is of unusual colouring from pale green to plum. The flowers, attractively ragged in appearance are all in pink to red shades and are slightly scented. The foliage is attractive and usually provides good autumn colour.Click here to see our selection...
Not the hardiest group of roses but individually quite beautiful. All Bracteatas share the same vicious armoury of hooked thorns.Click here to see our selection...
Roses in the Brunonii classification generally have fine light grey/green leaves. Flowers borne in clusters in July.Click here to see our selection...
Centuries old, these roses of the hundred petals make superb shrubs. The more vigorous forms usually produce large flowers of exquisite shape and perfume with the shorter types producing very double flowers, almost invariably in perfect proportion to the size of the plant.Click here to see our selection...
These roses first appeared in mid-eighteenth century and their long flowering season encouraged breeders to raise many varieties throughout the nineteenth century. It is difficult to generalise but the bush forms are seldom taller than 4ft in our climate. They all have shiny foliage. Where climbing forms exist they are usually reliable.Click here to see our selection...
There is often confusion between Climbing and Rambling roses and although, generally speaking, both types can be used for much the same purposes, Climbers are better for walls and pergolas, Ramblers are good for trellis and arches and Scramblers are best for tree climbing and hiding eyesores etc.
It must be remembered that all of them will take two or three years to become fully established and if they are planted in a dry position, they will need plenty of watering until they are established.Click here to see our selection...
Some of the members of this group date back probably to Roman times. Amongst their ranks can be found some of the most beautiful of all roses. They are usually healthy, and without exception are blessed with the distinctive Damask perfume. Some are remontant.Click here to see our selection...