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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.|
Peter Beales Roses Ltd was first formed in 1968 by the late Peter Beales (MBE). We have our famous rose gardens, garden centre and Tea Room on the outskirts of the market town of Attleborough in Norfolk with two acres being devoted to a maintained rose garden filled with roses of all families and sizes from the smallest bush rose up to the largest rambler. It was very much a family business with daughter Amanda and son Richard, being involved in the daily runnings and sister Rosie in charge of the Buck Brigg North Norfolk Branch and Gardens in Alby, near Cromer which has now closed.
Our first Gold Medal was at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 1989, with an innovative stand designed by Richard, whereby the visitors could walk through it and enjoy the scent of the roses close up. At the current time of writing (July 2015), we have won 22 RHS Gold Medals at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show and over 100 more at other flower shows. We have also been fortunate in recent years to have been awarded The Lawrence Medal for the best exhibit at any RHS show and awarded the President’s award for his chosen best exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show and Peter Beales had also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Garden Media Guild for his writing on and devotion to the world of roses.
We hybridise and create our own style of 'Classic Rose', introducing them at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show or the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, as well as holding the largest collection of commercially available roses in the UK. We grow and sell over 1,100 varieties with 300 being unique to us in this country. Bare root roses are sold throughout the winter months (November to March) when the roses are dormant and can easily be handled and transported in this form. Container roses which are now becoming much more popular are sold from January throughout the whole year, when the roses are growing and flowering and when the roots should not ideally be touched. We also sell other shrubs, climbers and perennials throughout the year in various forms: all our companion plants on this website are carefully selected to be ideal partners to roses.
You can buy roses from the website www.classicroses.co.uk at internet prices or by telephone on 01953 454707 as per the paper catalogue prices.
Following the unfortunate deaths of Peter, Joan and daughter Amanda in quick succession, in 2012 and 2013, the company was taken over by Peters’ friends and ex-President of the Canadian Rose Society, Rachel and Ken Flood. Richard has since left the company and set up his own of garden design and consultancy. We wish him all the very best in his venture.
About Peter Beales MBE
Peters’ love of roses began when he was a child, at the age of four his grandfather showed him ‘Maidens Blush’ a beautiful old fashioned rose, that in Peters’ words, “overwhelmed him” and remained a firm favourite throughout his life.
Peters’ love for roses and horticulture grew throughout his childhood and as a young adult he apprenticed at LeGrice Nurseries in North Walsham, Norfolk. After his National Service, he worked at Hilling’s Nursery, Chobham in Surrey as rose foreman under the guidance of rosarian Graham Stuart Thomas.
In 1968, Peter started his nursery in Swardeston, Norwich in Norfolk initially raising bedding plants before his rose breeding programme was started. Within three years of starting, Peter won a silver medal at the Royal National Rose Society’s show at Westminster before collecting the gold medal two years later. This was the start of many accolades and medals he and the company would receive. The company moved to the eleven acre site, just off the A11 on the outskirts of Attleborough during 1980 and slowly built up the business into what it is today.
Peter with his proverbial straw hat regarded old roses in particular with a loving, countryman’s eye and he saved many from extinction. Recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society as owning the most comprehensive collection of wild ‘species’ roses in Britain, Peter was particularly proud in the early 1990’s to be named Holder of the National Collection of Rosa Species, of which a selection can be seen in our two acre gardens.
As well as writing several books, Peter travelled around the world given lectures to other rose lovers and enthusiasts. Serving as President of the Royal National Rose Society, Peter was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Garden Media Guild and was appointed MBE in 2005.
Although sadly missed, Peters’ memory lives on through the many roses he helped to bring to prominence both here in the UK and overseas.
Ian Limmer – the knowledge continues
Our Nursery Manager, Ian Limmer started working for Peter Beales Roses as a Saturday boy in 1977 and it wasn’t long before Peter saw the potential within Ian, asking him to become part of the show build up team at the Chelsea Flower Show, gaining the experience needed to create an award winning colour coordinated display.
Ian studied part-time at Burlingham Horticultural College and Easton Agricultural College. After which, he progressed on to do a three year apprenticeship at the nursery, working alongside Peter gaining further horticultural experience, whilst at the same time being passed on Peters' passion for old fashioned roses.
As Ian’s knowledge grew, Peter encouraged him to visit customer’s gardens, to give advice and help plan smaller gardens. Today, with Ian’s breadth of knowledge, he is more than happy to undertake any garden design project.
As Peter grew older and wasn’t able to travel as much, he would send Ian all over the world to visit many impressive gardens or to give lectures around Europe and lecturing as far away as Japan.
And though, being here just a few years, in 1985, Ian was appointed Nursery Manager and his skill and knowledge is now recognised throughout the rose world.
In Ian’s words, “I feel Peter has passed on some of his passion and skill on a very practical level. Skills and knowledge that you cannot learn at a college. So, after 37 years I am beginning to feel that I am getting the hang of it, but nature will always have the upper hand. No matter how knowledgeable I become, I appreciate that there will always be more to learn and that’s what makes it so exciting.”