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Each variety is listed with the codes of the Grower(s) who are offering the variety for sale during this season. The Growers codes are in the form of three letters and one number. The number reflects the type of Grower. For growers full details see the A-Z of growers.

Growers Classifications

  1. RETAIL These growers specialise in supplying direct to the general public.
  3. MAINLY WHOLESALE These growers base their production on supplying retail outlets, but when possible help members of the public.
  4. STRICTLY WHOLESALE These growers supply direct to retail outlets, and are unable to help with requests from the public.

The varieties are listed with their selling name/trade name and, where applicable and known to the Editor the registered name in brackets. Most modern roses do have two names. By law the International Registered name must appear alongside the selling name when such varieties are offered for sale. The advantage of International Registered names is it allows Breeders/Growers to give an attractive selling name to such varieties when grown and offered for sale in different countries.

Rose Introduction Dates

The 31st Edition was the first to show introduction dates for the roses.These
introduction dates are shown in brackets after the name of the roses. The
information has been obtained from various sources, and the accuracy is
not guaranteed, as not all agree! As a guide the following letter indicate
C -prior to date circa
C – after the date Century
E – early P prior
? – either there is no date information available as the variety is a historic
variety, or research has not as yet found a date!
UK In some cases the date maybe introduction date in another Country and also a UK introduction date is shown.

Colour Group Codes

For simplicity a number has been alocated to cover basic colours to be found in roses. Some varieties are shown with a combination of numbers, where these are separated by “/” this indicates bi-coloured or distinct mixed coloured vararieties. Those shown with a “+” are a blend of colours.

General Colour Key Guide

1     White/Near White
2     Light Yellow/Cream/Ivory/Buff
3     Medium Yellow
4     Deep Yellow/Gold
5     Yellow Blends
6     Soft Apricot/Apricot (pure and blended)
7     Deep Apricot/Copper/Bronze
8     Orange/Vermillion/Orange to Scarlet
9     Light/Soft Pinks
10   Medium Pinks
11   Pink Blends
12   Salmon/Coral/Pinks/Peach
13   Deep Pinks/Light & Bright Reds/Light Crimson
14   Medium Reds
15   Dark Reds
16   Lilacs/Mauves/Purple/Lavender/Magenta
17   Russet/Brown Shades

Fragrance Categories

– Very fragrant, or exceptional fragrance
– Fragrant, a definate fragrance
– Scented, a moderage fragrance
– There is no evidence that there is any discerable fragrance
– Research so far undertaken has not revealed what fragrance if any, these vararieties have.




“English Roses” (1)*
Floribunda.Cluster flowered bush
Gold Standard Roses. Awarded to varieties (mainly recent introductions) tested for exceptional resistance to disease. Awards made between 2006-20ll.
Ground Cover
Hybrid Tea/Large flowered bush
Hybrid Musk
Hybrid Perpertual
Miniature/Patio Climbers
Miniature – floribunda
“Patio” (2)*
Rugosa & Rugosa Hybrids
Rose Of The Year with date
Shrub roses (3)*
Sweet Briars

In Growers Details

Half Standards
Quarter Standards
Patio Standards
Miniature Standards
Patio Climbers
Weeping Standards
Speciality Standards

General Codes

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Notes on Keys

(1)*  This is not an official classification, but is widely used in the          U.K. for a selection of modern shrub roses.
(2)*  This is not an official classification, but is widely used in the          U.K.
(3)*  This covers a wide selection of Shrub roses, which have          not been allocated other specific classifications.
(4)* Varieties marked indicate new varieties; cross references         or re-introductions.