Ah, the constant question, even for me. I decided to compile a list for us, and after I show you how roses are sold, you'll find a dazzling group of mail order sources, from Oregon to Ontario !
Your first stop for roses, of course, is your local nursery, and the rose season always begins with the sale of bare root plants (roses budded to rootstock). In California bare root season is long gone (December/January), but in Connecticut it hasn't even begun. One nursery I called expects their first bare root delivery on April 5.
Bare root nursery plants, usually come dressed in plastic sleeves, packed with sawdust.
As the weather warms, the bare rooters are potted up. This is what they looked like this past weekend at Cottage Gardens, in Petaluma.
WHAT ABOUT MAIL ORDER– HOW ARE THE PLANTS SHIPPED ?
Bare root plants are shipped during the dormant season, which varies regionally. These three roses came naked, wrapped in plastic.
Many of the mail order sources, listed below, ship own-root plants in varying pot sizes. On the left are 5-inch bands that I received from Vintage Gardens. Since the plants are small I pot them up into gallons for a few months, before planting them in the ground.
ROSE SOURCES LIST 2010
Paul Barden's rose, 'Janet Inada'
Rogue Valley Roses
1,500 rose varieties from all classes include Paul Barden exclusives. There are also roses from the Ashdown Collection, the Fineschi Garden, Ralph Moore, Kordes, and Delbard. They ship their entire stock of roses, grown from cuttings, on their own roots, year round, in three pot sizes. 541 535-13087
Own-root, container grown David Austin, English Legend, hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, miniatures, climbers, rugosas, hardy roses, and Heirloom's own varieties. 503 538-1576
1888 schoolhouse in the display gardens at Christianson's
I'm trying to be objective in this post, but I have to say this is a stunningly beautiful nursery, with a large selection of roses. I enjoyed visiting it several years ago. No mail order. Mt Vernon, WA 360 466-3821
Hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers, shrubs, Romantica, Griffith Buck, and old garden roses on their own roots. 509 448-4968
Antique Rose Farm
Specializes in roses that are hardy for the Northwest climate. Display garden and antiques, no mail order. Snohomish WA 360 568-1919
Bramble & Rose
Specialize in the older rose varieties- albas, gallicas, rugosas, hybrid musks and others. Mail order 5- inch bands are transplanted into 6-inchers and fed at their roots. They are given all the time they need to grow out of their pots. Hand crafted soap, body spritz, and candles. 541 961-6695http://www.brambleandrose.com/index.htm
Own-root nursery growing the largest selection of roses offered by any source in North America. Their catalog, The Vintage Gardens Book of Roses, offers a descriptive compendium of nearly 3,600 roses, with handy illustrations showing the size and form of each shrub in relation to human figures. 707 829-2035
Garden Valley Ranch
Large selection of bare-root roses, as well as fresh cut garden roses. The ranch gardens are available for special events. 707 795-0919
Roses of Yesterday and Today
Bare root old garden roses and selected modern roses, available for shipping January – April. Own-root in one gallon pots shipped year-round. 831 728-1901
Russian River Rose Company
Specialize in roses that do well in Northern California wine country- over 600 varieties. No mail order. Display gardens and perfume harvest tours. Healdsburg, CA, 707 433-7455
One of the largest mail order suppliers of Grade #1 bare root roses in North America. Fremont, CA, 510 797-3222
Burlington Rose Nursery
Ralph Moore roses, polyanthas, pernetianas, and many more. Propagation through cuttings and budding. Retail roses are grown and shipped in 5" bands or 1-gal. Custom propagation and budding services available. 510 747-3624
Unusual and historically important roses that are not readily available in the US. Many are imported from around the world and are just now available for purchase. All roses are own-root, and unless otherwise noted are shipped in band-size pots. firstname.lastname@example.org://eurodesertroses.com/
High Country Roses
Hardy roses for tough climates include Canadian, English, shrub, floribundas, minis, climbers, species, and old garden roses. Over 250 varieties, all own-root grown, and shipped in 5” pots. 800 552-2082
Chamblee’s Rose Nursery
Container grown, own-root antique, modern, EarthKind, landscape, Griffith Buck, David Austin, and miniature roses. Shipping available September – May. 903 882-3597
The Antique Rose Emporium
Earth-Kind, Pioneer, and old garden roses on their own-roots in two-gallon containers. The display gardens are available for special events. Mail order, wholesale, and retail. 800 441-0002
Edwards' rose 'Marilyn Wellan'
K & M Roses
Roses for the serious grower and exhibitor– new, hard-to-find, and competitive exhibition varieties grafted on Fortuniana rootsock– Eddie Edwards, Kordes, Interplant, DeRuiter, Meilland, Jackson & Perkins, and Weeks. 601 648-2908http://www.kandmroses.com/about_us.htm
The Appalachian Rose Nursery
Over 350 varieties of old garden and carefree varieties available for shipping, pick-up, or custom propagation. 423 519-0480
Historic roses with an emphasis on climbers and ramblers, old hybrid teas, and ‘found’ roses, all grown on their own roots. 540 752-2795 They no longer sell roses, but I'm leaving a link here as their display garden is well worth a visit.
Own-root roses from the collections of Alister Clark, Ben Williams, Pyle-Meilland (Romanticas), Delbard, Harkness, Jackson & Perkins, John Clements, Kordes, Rose Barni, Viru Viraraghaven (India), Weeks. 864 682-7673
Rose Petals Nursery
Located in Newberry, Florida, this mail order nursery specializes in Old Garden Roses grown on their own roots in one gallon pots. The Bermuda Mystery Roses are also available here. 352 215-6399
Located in Alachua, Florida. Owner Pam Greenewald specializes in rare and unique Antique roses as well as Modern roses. Inventory changes daily at this mail order nursery, so if you see a rose is out of stock give Pam a call at 352 359-1133
Roses budded onto Fortuniana rootstock– newest must-haves, hybrid teas, mini-floras, David Austin, and Delbard roses. 561 684-2421
Fritz Creek Gardens
I sometimes receive questions about hardy roses for cold climates. A reader just sent me this incredible source. It must really be cold up there, because they won't be open again until April 15. They only sell and ship zone 2 and zone 4 roses, and on their own roots. They have good luck with Explorer and Parkland roses, even as far north as the North Pole! 907 235-4969http://www.alaskahardy.com/index.php
1000 rose varieties– modern, climbing, shrub, antiques, Kordes, Fryer, Harkness, Austin, Sequoia, Poulsen, and Weeks, all grown on USDA Zone 5, budded multiflora seedlings. 905- 753-2155
An extensive rose list includes Fairy Tale, Vigorosa, and Freelander budded on multiflora seedling rootstock. 905-468-8627
If you have a favorite mail order nursery that I've missed, please let me know.