We source all our roses from two of the very best rose growers in the country, the world-famous David Austin Roses and also from Wharton’s Roses from right here in Norfolk. Here’s some of favourite varieties that we’ve included in the Green Pastures Rose Collection this year.
“Eye of the Tiger” (Wildly Fashionable)
This new variety is from the “persica” group of roses which is fast emerging as the latest fashion in roses. Simplicity is the attraction with this group of single “wild” rose style flowers although as the name suggests, Eye of the Tiger is no shy and retiring rose with its bright yellow blooms beautifully finished with a bright orange centre makes this a highly eye-catching plant. Flowers are borne in great numbers all summer long and are very popular with bees and other pollinating insects. You won’t have any trouble growing this colourful new rose either as persicas are very tough and disease resistant. Whilst Eye of the Tiger normally grows as a compact shrub, we have it on great authority that Eye of the Tiger can also be very successfully trained into the miniature climber for the patio.
“Emily Bronte” (Brand New David Austin Introduction)
An exceptionally beautiful rose and the newest from the late David Austin’s world-famous breeding programme of “New English Shrub Roses”. The soft pink / apricot blooms are described as boasting a “strong tea fragrance, becoming more old-rose, with delicious hints of lemon and grapefruit”, sounding more like a fine wine than a rose!
“Mum in a Million” (More than just a gift!)
An enormously sought-after Hybrid Tea Rose. Also known as “Millie”, Mum in a Million is not only a popular gift, it’s a brilliant performer in the garden too. Highly fragrant pink blooms are borne continuously throughout the summer on strong healthy stems which makes it a great cut flower too.
Climbing “Scent from Heaven” (Rose of the Year 2017)
With so many brilliant new roses being introduced each year it’s no mean feat to the one newcomer crowned with the coveted “Rose of the Year” title. The first thing about “Scent from Heaven” to strike you is its gorgeous orange flushed salmon colour, buts its only when you grow it for yourself that you realise exactly why it’s a real winner. Its highly scented blooms are borne continuously and are full of the most delicious fruity fragrance for all to enjoy and like all good modern roses it’s a exceptionally disease resistant too.
Purple Sky Liner (Ticks all the Boxes for a Shady Wall!)
Exceptional blue and purple varieties are very few and far between in the rose world and even more scarce when we’re talking climbing roses. Since its introduction, Purple Skyliner has proven to be a brilliant performer giving gardeners an excellent option to cover their wall or fence with a rose of this colour. This repeat flowering climber will even successfully grow on a North facing wall where many other roses would fail and at just 8 feet tall means it’s a viable option for containers too.
“The Mill on the Floss” (Another David Austin New-Comer)
Our second of this year’s introductions from David Austin typifies what we believe his New English Roses are all about. Highly distinctive deeply cupped “old fashioned” style blooms with a sweet fruity fragrance, with the performance and disease resistance of a modern rose bush, are why you should seriously consider devoting garden space to this gorgeous new rose.
Our collection of rose bushes brings together plants from a whole spectrum of categories, offering some very exciting choices and solutions for the gardener.
Roses for Gifts
With so many great things going for them, roses make great gifts and we’ve chosen some beautiful varieties with some great names that make the perfect gift for so many different occasions including birthdays, anniversaries, family members and more. See our Rose List below for a complete list of Rose bushes that you could find at Green Pastures.
Climbing & Rambling Roses
There’s few more beautiful ways to clothe a wall, fence or archway than a rose! Our collection includes timeless favourites alongside some of the best modern repeat flowering climbing roses in a whole choice of colours. We endeavour to include a number of smaller “patio climbing roses” as well as varieties which will grow on a challenging North or East facing wall.
“Home Florist” Roses
Brand new Norfolk grown rose varieties bred and tested for their health, fragrance and suitability to cut for the vase and home flower decorations. They also make superb garden plants grown in the border or in pots of 30cm diameter or larger. Choose from “Timeless Purple”, “Timeless Pink” and “Timeless Cream” and “Charisma” (rich red) or why not grow all four!
These world-famous roses need little introduction but we’ll do it anyway! Sixty years ago the late David Austin set out to breed the “perfect rose”; bringing together the classic beauty and heady fragrance of old-world roses with the superior performance and disease resistance of modern roses. David has left the world with a legacy of “New English Roses” and list of introductions as long as your arm and we’ve put together a collection encompassing a wide colour spectrum of some of his best varieties, all presented in extra-large 6 litre pots.
David Austin “New English” Climbing Roses
To compliment David Austin’s New English Shrub Roses we’re also delighted to include a selected number of climbing options, all with the same wonderful qualities as their smaller counterparts.
Peter Beales “Classic” Shrub and Climbing Roses
One of Norfolk’s most famous horticulturists, Peter Beales was another rose grower and “Rosarian” known the world over for his passion for these beautiful plants. Peter also bred and introduced countless new rose varieties which were always beautifully showcased with gold-winning displays at the Chelsea Flower Show. Today we bring to you a collection of some of Peter’s most beautiful Classic Shrub and Climbing Roses.
Flower Carpet Ground Cover Roses
The easiest of all roses to grow! Billed by Rose Flower Carpet’s breeders as “Extraordinary Low Maintenance and Exceptional Disease Resistance”, there’s no denying that these fantastic roses can be grown by even the most feint hearted of gardeners! Perfectly happy with little to no spraying and needing no specialist pruning, Flower Carpet roses are as self-sufficient as any rose could ever be. Don’t let the term “Ground-Cover” fool you however, as Flower Carpets do much more than just fill a space and keep the weeds at bay. Their tremendously long flowering season will fill their garden space with colour from late-May until well into the autumn, blending perfectly with neighbouring shrubs and perennials. Flower Carpet Roses are one of our favourite recommendations for growing in containers too where their shape and flowering performance will make a spectacular feature in a large pot. We usually offer our Flower Carpet Roses in a choice of colours and for the first time this year we include a Climbing Flower Carpet in pink, which is a compact “patio” climber reaching only approximately 3 feet tall.
Patio, Hybrid Tea (HT) and Floribunda Roses
These roses are collectively referred to as “Bush” roses. Patio Roses, which are the smallest and compact in size, are a great choice for growing in containers and their small blooms are borne in larger numbers to create a very colourful display. Floribundas (aka “Cluster Flowered Roses”) are similar to patio roses, but are taller plants with larger flowers, several of these are also popular choices for containers also. HT’s grow to a similar height as the Floribundas with long stems of single flowers, just like a traditional “Florists rose” which makes them perfect for cutting.