Gift Roses Delivered around the UK

Need to get that ideal gift delivered?
Did you know we deliver boxed gift roses the length and breadth of the UK everyday.
Simply go to our site www.countrygardenroses.co.uk, to find that perfect gift rose you would like to send, put the date you would like the gift rose delivered by, add to the basket, fill in the address, payment details and that's it you are done!
We take care of everything else.  Your rose order is then gift wrapped, boxed and sent to your loved one in time for that special date. 

Roses aren't just a today gift,
they give year after year.

Autumn Savings

Autumn Savings...

Great food, quality plants, friendly staff & a beautiful location.
Many of our roses are in bloom so now is a perfect time to come
and pick out your favourite.

Why not take advantage of some of our autumn discounts while you’re here!

Tearoom Offers

Cream tea only £3.99
Autumn Savings!
2 for £10 on 2 Litre Plants* 
3 for £10 on 1 Ltr*
Shropshire grown Herbaceous Plants and Shrubs
Westland Multipurpose Compost 75Ltr £5.99 OR 2 for £10*
GroSure Farmyard Manure £4.99 OR 3 for £12*
20% off All  Fruiting & Ornamental Trees*
20% off Ailsa Wood Barrels and Water Features*
Knightsbridge Arch Was £299
Now £239*   
Wimbourne Arch Was £149
Now £119*
Veg Trug 1m Was £109.99
Now £87.99*
Veg Trug 1.8m Was £159.99
Now £127.99*
Plant Pot sale now on*
Various styles & sizes available
Plant, Shrub & Herb
Sale now on*
*Offers above are not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

Bulbs Glorious Bulbs

 

Autumn is in the air and in the garden!
It’s time to get planting those spring bulbs...

We have a great range of bulbs available online, perfect for Autumn planting, give your garden a beautiful display of colour in spring!
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All bulbs are £4.99 per bag

Varieties available:

Allium: 
For beds and borders, Alliums grow to a height of 80cm and flower from May to June.
Varieties in stock: Purple Sensation, Sphaercephalon

 

 

 

 

Chionodoxa lucilae: 
For naturalising.
These grow to 15cm and flower between
March and April.
 

 

 

 

 

Narcissi (Daffodils): 
Height differs between varieties, the flowering period is broadly between February to early May, making them star performers!
Varieties in stock: February Gold, Fortune, Jet Fire, Ice Follies, King Alfred, Miniature Narcissus Canaliculatus And Silver Chimes, Minnow, Mixed, Pheasant Eye, Tete-A-Tete, Yellow Cheerfulness.

 

 

Hyacinth: 
For beds, borders and containers. They should grow to 15cm (being grown inside can affect this) and flower between March to April, although they can be forced to flower as early as Christmas.
Varieties in stock: Mixed Colours

 

 

 

Muscari armeniacum
(Grape Hyacinth):

For beds, borders and containers.
Muscari grow to a height of 15cm and flower in April.

 

 

Anemone:
For naturalising, beds, rockeries and pots. These Anemones grow to a height of 12cm and flower in March.
Varieties in stock: Blanda Mixed

 

 

Crocus: 
Crocuses grow up to 8cm – 10cm depending upon the variety, and flower in March.
 Varieties in stock: Large Flowered Purple, Large Flowered Mixed, Species Mixed

 

 

Fritillaria melegris
(Snakeshead lily)

For naturalising in grass. 
Snakeshead lilies reach a height of 25cm and flower in April.
They should be planted in damp soil. 

 

 

 

Tulips:
Varieties in stock:  Apeldoorn, Golden Appledorn, D/E Peach Blossom, D/L Carnival De Nice, Garden Mixed, Gavota, Lily Flowered Ballerina, Lily Flowered Claudia, Passionale, Queen Of The Night, Rockery Huiseppi Verdi, Rockery Johann Strauss, Rockery Pinocchio, Rockery Red Riding Hood,White Dream

 

 

Scilla siberica:  
For naturalising, beds and containers.
Scilla grow to a height of 10cm and flower between March and April.
 

 

 

Journal of a Gardener 27/08/2017

Shrewsbury Flower Show 2017 – Behind the Scenes
When the forms for Shrewsbury Flower Show arrived this year, we reserved a 4m x 4m square for our display, and decided on the title ‘A Magical Garden Party’.
We envisaged a small gathering of friends on hot a summer evening, hosted in a lush garden backing onto woodland.
Whether this vision arrived as a direct result of a blisteringly hot and dusty week at the plant centre, and a burning desire for a chilled glass of something alcoholic, who can say?
Within the display we decided to incorporate a water feature, trees, shrubs, and perennial plants, including, of course, some of our beautiful roses.
Whilst we had initially planned for a water feature comprising champagne bottles in an ice bucket on top of a garden table, as the event drew nearer we experienced technical difficulties which meant we had to abandon the idea. Instead we used a pre-assembled water feature comprising of a single tier barrel with pump, which could be placed at the back of the garden. So the moral to this story is, always have a Plan B!
Having changed our water feature, we decided that our centre piece should be the Acer ‘Crimson King’, which, as if by magic, appeared through the centre of our table, and was then hung with lanterns.
In order to achieve this effect, we had to sacrifice a table, cutting out a square large enough to put the pot through, and cutting this square in half to replace either side of the tree trunk. This was skilfully covered with a throw using a staple gun!
Additional trees were introduced to create structure in the beds. We used 2 x Acer Palmatum ‘Garnet’, which have a delicate and deep red foliage, complementing the Acer ‘Crimson King’, as well as 2 young Copper Beech.
Our choice of key plants was limited by which would be at their flowering peak in August. Within that group, we sought to reflect the colours of a summer sunset i.e. hot pinks, oranges and purples in the flowers, against a mix of dark but delicate foliage representing the encroaching night.
Our key flowers included Verbena Bonariensis, which gave additional height to the garden, and whose purple flowers on long stems swayed pleasingly in the breeze, Echinacea Purpurea Magnus, an irresistible sunset pink, and Summerina ‘Orange’, a hybrid of Rudbeckia and Echinacea, enjoying a show stopping abundance of blooms. 
For our roses we chose our red ‘Name Your Own’ floribunda, which has a tall and relatively narrow in habit for a floribunda. The red blooms contrasted beautifully with the Verbena Bonariensis. We also included 2 varying shades of pink floribundas, Free Spirit (a deep burnt pink) and Pretty Lady (a sugary pastel pink), and a deep purple patio rose, Diamond Eyes, which has a beautiful scent and was the star of the show. Roses are often in-between flushes in August, but these varieties offered a good number of flowers and buds.
Shrubs were worked into all corners of the garden to bulk out the beds, and provide contrast and forms of foliage. We used Euonymus ‘Green Rocket’ for its sparse but striking form, comprising of several individual upright stems with leaves of deep green at the bottom and bright green at the tip. Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’ for its pleasingly rounded leaves and shape and Nandina ‘Firepower’ for its fabulous green, orange and red foliage.
Swiped off a delivery at the last minute were some absolutely stunning metal peacock garden ornaments designated for the shop, which were just too magical to resist!
For our edging, as the display would be a raised bed, we eventually, after many hours of research, decided upon Willow hurdles, which were dark and discreet, as per our foliage, and in-keeping with the idea of a bordering woodland.
The week before the show we installed our hurdles and created a mock garden, arranging and re-arranging our potted plants at ground level in the garden until we were satisfied.  Comprehensive photographs were taken before the garden was disassembled, in order to assist in a quick and easy recreation recreation at the show. At the end of the week the garden was disassembled and loaded into the vans for delivery at Shrewsbury Flower Show.
It took 3 days to re-assemble the garden, subject to some tweaks. The greatest problem we encountered was the dry compacted ground. Fellow entrants, The Alpine Plant Society, were kind enough to lend us a spike and a sledge hammer to create holes to insert our hurdles into! Once the hurdles were in we filled the beds with bark, dug in and labelled our plants, installed and dressed the table.
After months of hard work and fretting we were absolutely over the moon to be awarded a gold medal!
All plants have now returned to our plant centre and are on sale. Our metal peacocks, ‘Diamond Eyes’ patio rose, and even some of our last minute ‘filler’ plants Lysimachia clethroides ‘and Salvia ‘Dyson’s Joy’ have proved to be particular favourites with our customers.
The show garden has now been re-installed on a slightly smaller scale at the plant centre. Shade loving and half hardy plants have been replaced, whilst staying true to the colour scheme. The table and chairs (tree stumps!) have been replaced with a more accessible stone bench for you to sit and enjoy the garden.

Journal of a Gardener 05/08/2017

Herbaceous area news...

Our herbaceous area is full to the brim with all sorts of beautiful plants and shrubs.

If you are creating a new garden, renovating an old one or just need a plant to fill a gap we’re sure we’ll have something to fit the bill.

These 6 pack of sedums are just £9.99
Sedums are versatile plants & can be used in a number of situations, such as containers, hanging baskets etc...
6 pack of lavenders just £6.99!
Or if you would prefer a more established lavender plant we have 8 varieties to choose from at £5.99 each.
Lavenders are a great companion plant for roses & have the benefit of encouraging wildlife into the garden. Bees are especially drawn to the heady aroma of Lavender.
Looking for a gift? How about one of these ready potted plants.
Just £10.99

Dont forget we offer a gift wrapping service & can wrap just about any plant for you.
Remember bring your loyalty card & enjoy 10% off purchases from the Plant Centre and Tearoom.

Journal of a Gardener 17/07/2017

Why Roses Sometimes Fail To Thrive

After spending time selecting the right rose, the right location, and planting out, make sure that you give it the small amount of TLC it needs to blossom (pun intended) into a mature specimen which will give you pleasure for years, and possibly decades to come. The following are potential issues which can be easily side stepped with the right know how.

Planting a new rose in the same place as an old rose
Roses are greedy feeders, and will take all the nutrients and minerals out of the ground. When you plant a new rose in the same place as an old rose, there will be nothing left in the soil for it to feed on. This is easily avoided by using Rootgrow, a granular treatment which creates a secondary fungal root system which attaches to the roots of the plants and effectively extends them, enabling the rose to reach further into the soil for the nutrients and minerals it needs.
Wind Rock
A rose which is too loosely planted, particularly if it is in an exposed situation, may rock back and forth in strong wind, damaging the plant, and exposing the roots to the elements. When you plant out make sure that the soil around the root ball is well trodden in.
Fresh Manure
While roses will absolutely benefit from a mulch of manure, it must be well rotted down, and probably at least 18 months old. The chemicals in fresh manure will burn the roots. For this reason, we recommend that if you are unsure of the history of your manure, that you buy it from a garden centre. When applying it leave a small circle, about 3” away from the stems, around the base of the rose.
Water
90% of rose problems can be avoided if the rose is well watered. Roses need watering regularly throughout the growing season, almost regardless of rainfall. We recommend a watering can full of water every other day for newly planted roses. Watering must be supported by a soil with good drainage, as too much water around the roots can be as harmful as too little. When planted in to pots this may be as much as a can every day during hot dry weather.
Routine hard pruning
Very hard pruning (i.e. cutting the stems to just above the ground) should only take place as almost a last resort on mature roses which need reinvigorating or diseased roses. It should not be done to young roses which are trying to establish themselves. “Diseased, dead and crossing stems should be removed to provide better air circulation, along with light pruning to shape the rose, but that is very likely all that is necessary during the growing season.

For more information on pruning in spring, see our "Simple Guide to Rose Care.” https://www.countrygardenroses.co.uk/about-us/rose-care-guide/

If you are unsure about any of the above, or would like some specific advice, please do not hesitate to contact us, or better still, pop into the shop and have a chat.

Journal of a Gardener 05/07/2017

‘What’s in a name?’

Our Top 5 Scented Roses currently in flower and in stock (in no particular order, although we all have our favourites!)

 

Chandos Beauty 
A smaller hybrid tea rose, growing just 2 – 3ft, with an abundance of classically shaped, soft apricot, blooms which have a strong fruity scent. An award winner with excellent disease resistance.
Rachel
A hybrid tea rose growing 3ft – 4ft, with more flowers than the average hybrid, and huge, ruffled blooms changing from cream, to apricot to deep pink from the centre to the outer petals.
A distinctive rose, very different from any other.
The powerfully sweet scent is enough to knock you off your feet.
Roseraie De l’Hay
A Rugosa rose with intense magenta blooms, smelling of sugared almonds.
These roses will turn to hips in autumn if not dead headed, creating ongoing colour and interest. This rose has the added benefit of being incredibly vigorous and disease resistant.
At 5ft, it can be grown as a hedge, and if you need a hedge, what could be better than a scented one?
Firefighter
Another Hybrid Tea, the classic full rose in deep red.
With upright growth and long stems, this is perfect for cutting and filling the house with its rich damask perfume.It grows up to 4ft, and is best situated at the back of the border.
Ebb Tide
A Floribunda rose growing with clusters of deep and dreamy purple blooms, the size and colour of which vary with the temperature, cool temperatures producing the biggest and deepest coloured.
A show stopper on unusual looks alone, this rose also has a spicy clove like fragrance.
Unlike the Hybrids above, this can be grown in a container or in the garden. Always a fast seller, snap this one up quickly before we sell out.If none of the above suit your needs, give us a call and we can recommend some alternatives to suit your location and colour scheme.
Even better, come and visit us and compare the scents for yourself – we have cake!

Retirement Fayre Success…

All the fun of the Fayre...

The Retirement Fayre was a great success a big thank you to everyone involved, visitors, store holders and staff.

Roll on the next one.

 

Come and visit our Fayre…

Retirement Fayre

On Sunday 11th June between 10am and 3pm Country Garden Roses will be holding a ‘Retirement Fayre’.

This fayre is designed to support local businesses, clubs and charities, and to encourage people to find hobbies, classes and volunteer roles which keep them active, create new social networks and pass on their knowledge and skills. Whilst aimed at those of us who have retired (why should university students have all the fun of the fayre!) absolutely all ages will  warmly welcomed.

Stallholders include, but are not limited to:
 
Curiosity Craft Centre
Gardener’s Delight and Wisteria Tours
Neil’s Yard Home Remedies
Newton Meadow Cottages and Garden Room Workshops
Sandy Densem Art Studios
Severn Cycle
Severn Hospice
Shropshire Cottage Garden Society  
The Railway Inn Community Venture
Wax N’ Glass
 
Entry is free. The garden centre and tearoom will be open as usual.
 
Come and wander in our landscaped gardens, enjoy the roses at their peak, sign up to something new and exciting, then recover with a coffee and cake.