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Roses by Family

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 them above alphabetically by group and click on the headings or search using the filters on the left hand side of this screen.

The Duchess of Cornwall with Peter Beales at Chelsea Flower Show
The Duchess of Cornwall with Peter Beales at the Chelsea Flower Show 2010 smelling rosa 'Highgrove'


Nothing epitomizes the English summer like a beautifully designed garden dripping with scented rose blooms glistening with the late afternoon sunshine.

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.

Bare root or container

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.

Bush, Climbers, Ramblers and Ground Coverers?

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.

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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 garden

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Arvensis Ramblers

Rosa arvensis, The Field Rose"" can be found growing wild in the countryside. Its hybrids have inherited the same vigour of their parent."

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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.

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Boursault Ramblers

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.

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Not the hardiest group of roses but individually quite beautiful. All Bracteatas share the same vicious armoury of hooked thorns.

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Roses in the Brunonii classification generally have fine light grey/green leaves. Flowers borne in clusters in July.

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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.

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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.

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Climbers, ramblers and scramblers

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.

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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.

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