Roses are a beautiful addition to any garden. Whether your’re going for the full, quintessentially English Rose Garden, or you just want one or two, there is a variety that will suit your needs, providing colour, and in many cases divine fragrance.

Read on for planting and aftercare advice, and to see just a sample of the beautiful varieties we have in stock.

Planting and caring for pot-grown roses


Pot-grown roses can be planted at any time of the year, providing the ground is not frozen or very dry.

In the main, roses thrive on direct sunlight, so try to pick a spot that gets at least 4 hours a day. (Roses can also be planted against a north facing wall – for advice on roses for shaded areas, please call us). Try to avoid very exposed or windy sites and avoid planting your rose under overhanging tree branches.

1. Before planting, water your rose well – until the water runs out of the bottom of the pot
2. Prune off any damaged stems, flowers or buds
3. Dig a hole approximately twice the width of the plant’s roots and a little bit deeper
4. Loosen up the soil in the bottom of the hole and add some organic matter such as well-rotted manure or compost, and fork into the existing soil
5. Carefully remove your rose from its pot by tapping and gently squeezing the pot. Then tease out the roots to encourage them to extend outwards. Rub mycorrhizal fungi on to the rootball, and spread a layer in the hole, to further encourage root growth.
6. Centre the rose in the hole and reposition until you are happy that it is in the right place.
7. Use a small cane to lay across the top of the soil from the pot so that you know where to back fill to (ensure that the point from which the stems grow is at soil level and not below)
8. Fill the hole with the soil you have dug out mixed with some more organic matter
9. Water well
10. If you are planting more than one rose in a bed, check the label for details on the spacing they need between them.

N.b.: If you are replacing an old rose with the new one, dig the hole out bigger and replace the soil with some from a different part of the garden to avoid replant disease/soil sickness. Mycorrhizal fungi will also help with this.



Prune new roses back in the later winter or early spring after you planted them. Remove dead, damaged or weak growth first. Pruning then differs depending on the type of rose it is:

Shrub/Species Roses: Leave the remaining stems unpruned
Floribunda (cluster-flowered) Roses: Prune the remaining stems back to about 6”/15cm from the ground
Hybrid Tea Roses: Prune the remaining stems back to 4-6”/10-15cm from the ground
Rambling and Climbing Roses: Prune remaining stems back to 12-15”/30-40cm from the ground if they’ve not already been pruned back at the garden centre

Ongoing care

Watering: For the first two years after planting, water well during dry spells
Feeding: Apply Top Rose fertiliser, Tomorite or Miracle Grow during flowering. If growth slows this can be repeated mid-summer
Mulching: After feeding, mulch with manure, compost or bark chippings. Leave at 10cm gap between the mulch and the stems.
Disease: Roses can suffer from a range of common diseases including blackspot, dieback, mildew and rust spots, as well as pests such as black fly and greenfly. If any of these occur, call in to the garden centre for advise on the best way to treat them.

We have an extensive selection of David Austin and Wharton Nurseries Roses in stock, ready for you to take home. Below are just some of the beautiful varieties we have currently.

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David Austin Imogen

  • English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin
  • Bears pretty, lightly scented, pale yellow blooms, fading almost to cream. The many delicately frilled petals are arranged around a button eye. It forms a sturdy, quite upright shrub with glossy foliage. Named after the character in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.
  • Light-Medium Fragrance
  • Ideal for mixed borders, rose hedges, cutting
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David Austin Port Sunlight

  • English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin
  • Medium-large, flat, quartered rosettes of rich apricot, paling towards the edges. They have a lovely Tea fragrance. A vigorous, rather upright shrub; the foliage and young stems are a beautiful bronzy-red at first, becoming dark green over time. Named after the model village in the Wirral where there is a beautiful garden of English Roses.
  • Medium Fragrance
  • Ideal for mixed borders, shady areas, cutting
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Rosa ‘Lucky’

  • Upright, Floribunda bush rose with ovate, dark green leaves and fragrant, double pink flowers from late spring in to autumn.
  • Ideal for beds and borders, containers, cottage/informal, cutting
  • Plant in moist but free-draining or free-draining soil, preferably in full sun.
  • Will tolerate most soil types and pH
  • We stock this rose as a Standard (Tree) Rose. Variety bush head (100 x 70cm) grafted on an 80cm stem
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David Austin Eglantyne

  • English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin
  • Quite large, exquisitely formed, saucer-shaped blooms, filled with many small petals – each with a central button eye. There is a strong Old Rose fragrance. The growth is bushy and upright, yet well-rounded.
  • Strong Fragrance
  • Ideal for mixed borders, rose border, pots and containers
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Rosa ‘Precious Love’ (Noa63004)

  • Floribunda bush rose with a light, gentle fragrance and deep salmon – poppy red semi-double flowers. Blooms all summer long.
  • A good bedding rose
  • Plant in sun or partial shade. Happy in acid, alkaline, heavy clay or normal soil. Suitable for growing in pots
  • Little or no fragrance
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Rosa ‘Precious Amber’ (Noa77800)

  • Floribunda bush rose with variegated green leaves and clusters of fragranced, amber/apricot, double blooms during June, July, August and September.
  • Prefers a sunny aspect but will tolerate partial shade. Happy in acid, alkaline, heavy clay or normal soil
  • We have this in stock as a Standard (Tree) Rose – Variety bush head 70x70cm grafted on an 80cm stem
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David Austin Princess Alexandra of Kent

  • English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin
  • The unusually large, bright pink flowers are fullpetalled and deeply cupped in shape. In spite of their size, they are never clumsy, being held nicely poised on well-rounded growth. There is a strong and delicious fresh Tea fragrance, which changes to lemon, eventually taking on hints of blackcurrants.
  • Strong Fragrance
  • Ideal for mixed borders, rose border, pots and containers
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Rosa ‘Precious Gold’ (NOA 55504)

  • Floribunda rose with lightly scented flowers in shades of golden yellow that tend to repeat-flower continuously from summer to late autumn
  • Ideal for borders, beds and cutting
  • Plant in an open sunny position in any deep, well-drained soil including clay. Happy in acid, alkaline, heavy clay or normal soil. Suitable for growing in pots
  • Lightly scented
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David Austin The Generous Gardener

  • English Climbing Rose bred by David Austin
  • Bears beautifully formed flowers, which nod gracefully on the stem. When the petals open they expose numerous stamens, providing an almost water lily-like effect. The flowers are a pale glowing pink and have a delicious fragrance with aspects of Old Rose, musk and myrrh. Named for the National Gardens Scheme
  • Strong Fragrance
  • Ideal for 10ft wall or fence, front of house, pergola

Contact one of our team for more information on 01327 354 126

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