From time to time I depart from rose care posts to feature roses. Now I would also like to occasionally depart to do posts on rose nurseries. Particularly our Independent Rose Nurseries. Having owned and operated one myself for close to ten years I know it’s a labor of love that is fueled by a desire to keep the diversity of the rose available to gardeners. I would strongly urge you to take the time to visit their websites and explore their many rose offerings. It will open you up to a whole new way of using roses in your garden.
We start with one of the greatest rose resources this country has. Vintage Gardens and their offering of Antique and Extraordinary Roses. Run by Gregg Lowery with invaluable assistance from Gita Phy, Vintage Gardens literally wrote the book on these roses. I truly do mean literally. Their book/catalog “Vintage Gardens Complete Catalogue of Antique and Extraordinary Roses” is a must have for anyone wanting to get into Garden Roses. They of course discuss bloom, color and all the basics, but more importantly they discuss mature bush size and shape. The latter two being so important to any gardener. And they do so from experience because they grow these roses to maturity in their own garden. I can’t strongly urge you enough to order one.
At any given moment Vintage offers a cornucopia of roses but right now they are getting ready to release the first of their lists of rare and unusual roses available for the upcoming season. Many of these beauties are seldom available in commerce and they go quickly. Take a moment to pop over, visit their website and check them out. You can download the list in PDF format.
Take a moment to stretch your rose wings and try some of these roses. “Roses Are Plants, Too” is as much about teaching how easy roses are to grow, as it is about showcasing the diversity our National Flower has to offer.
Click here to visit Vintage Gardens’ website.