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Bush rose recommendations

Discussion in 'Roses' started by clanless, Feb 6, 2022.

  1. clanless

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    I've been looking for a bush rose for the back garden. After a fair bit of googling - settled on a variety called 'The Lady of Shalott'. They are quite difficult to source and when I could find one to purchase - they are far too expensive - the one I looked at was £21 plus £10 delivery - which goes against the grain when I see other roses going for less than £10 per pot.

    Can anyone recommend an alternative bush rose please?

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    I have Lady of Shallot ( David Austin ) , if you are still interested in Lady of shallot its best to go bare root direct off DA which are £19.50 + £4 P+P about £24 in total . If you hold fire they do a discount soon before bareroot season ends I think its 15% off ( possibly 10% ) so it bring the total down to around £20 which isn't to bad for such a nice rose .

    It is one of my better longer / repeat flowering Austin roses , its fairly healthy but does get black spot now and again and its not very scented but does have some scent . It fills out faster than other austin roses as well

    If the Lady is still out of question are you still after a apricot shrub/bush rose ?

    Just to make sure you still don't want Lady of shallot of got pictures of mine just to make sure :biggrin:

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      Thanks Perki :dbgrtmb: - useful information there.

      The Lady of Shalott is still on the cards - it has all of the characteristics that I want. Those pic's - doesn't it just look absolutely fabulous :spinning:.

      I'll bookmark the DA site to keep an eye on prices. I suspect that I priced up the potted rose - hence the mahoosive delivery price.
       
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        Well if you are looking for similar characteristics as Lady of Shalott you need need to be looking for shrub roses not bush roses .

        Bush rose are Hybrid teas - floribundas etc it is all a bit confusing really but technically all roses are shrubs, hybrid teas and floribundas can be trained into a shrub shape just to add to the confusion :rolleyespink: . Shrub roses ( david austin roses and other old roses like moss / alba etc ) tend to be more lax arching stems and tend to flower in 1 or 2 flushes . The hybrid teas etc flower more continuously over the summer .

        This is where the cost is vastly different you are comparing the cost of Hybrid teas / floribundas which can be had for under a tenner where as shrub roses are usually over £20 .

        I hope this helps to narrow down what you are looking for and show the difference between the rose variety's . I did buy my mum a rose ( one of many ) called Arthur bell its a floribunda rose yellow and has a delightful scent and is a good plant , but it never looks like a shrub rose they are more structurally upright plant.

        I tend to get DA discount through the post so if yo are interested I'll let you know .
         
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          @clanless - Cants of Colchester has 'Lady of Shallot' at £19 but I didn't check out the postage. I've bought a number of roses from them in the past and have always been pleased with what I've received. As Perki pointed out 'Lady of Shallot' is a David Austin rose and they always tend to be more expensive than others.
           
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            Thanks everyone.

            I've just ordered 'The Lady of Shallot'. From DA with £3.95 postage. I thought what the heck - if I get something else I will always be wondering whether TLOS would be better.

            TLOS is still under plant breeders rights - which explains why they are tricky to get and that there's not much point shopping around for a better deal.
             
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              I love Lady of Shalott, it is my favourite of the roses I have. I am sure you will like it. It doesn't have a strong scent but it more than makes up for it with the gorgeous blooms which keep coming back & with how vigorous it is for a shrub rose.
               
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                Bit of a panic there :frown: - the ends of a couple of the rose stems were turning grey - I cut them off.

                Pleased to say that it's now starting to sprout :smile: - you never know might get some blooms this year :blue thumb:.
                 
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                  This is what the Lady of Shalott looks like now. It's over the danger transplant time and has taken nicely. There is a blurry image of a flower bud if you half close your eyes.

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                    First blooms.

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