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Welcome to the online store of
Trevor White Roses

Specialist Growers of Roses Ancient & Modern

We have been growing roses in Norfolk since 1984 and take great pride in producing quality plants. Old Roses are our special passion, yet we love roses of all persuasions and stock many beautiful Species, Shrub, Climbing and Rambling Roses, both modern and old. Our aim is to offer a range that fully embodies the sheer diversity that roses can bring to your garden. Fragrance, foliage, fruit and flower come in a multitude of variations and permutations that provides a rose for virtually every situation.

Most of our roses can be purchased bare root (dormant) for delivery from November until March, in addition we also offer a selection that can be bought potted in peat-free compost. Good cultivation in virgin soil, strict grading and minimal storage ensure that they arrive in the best possible condition.

We hope our new website helps and inspires you to discover more about our unique collection. The new filter options and enhanced format should make finding the right rose from over 500 different varieties much easier. See our ‘ALL CATEGORIES’ page for our full list of subcategories such as Hedging Roses, Shade Tolerant Roses & Old Roses Groups.

Happy gardening.

FEATURED ROSE

Blush Noisette
One of the best climbing roses around. Relatively short growing, it can be trained to be on low walls or around pergolas. Repeat flowers well with a strong perfume.

Blush Noisette - Pink Climbing Rose

Featured Category
Repeat Flowering Old Roses

Most Old Roses give us a glorious display from early June, that fleeting beauty which shouldnt be missed, but amongst them we find a few that will keep on serving. Repeatability appears in a few old classes and the Chinas are the most floriferous, diverse in both habit and bloom shape. Meanwhile the deeply perfumed Portland Damasks and Bourbons are able to give a 2nd flush from August. All quintessential for any old rose garden.

REPEAT FLOWERING

OLD ROSES

SEARCH FOR ROSES

Type what you’re searching for and hit enter

BAREROOT ROSES

Order Now

Welcome to the online store of
Trevor White Roses

Specialist Growers of Roses Ancient & Modern

We have been growing roses in Norfolk since 1984 and take great pride in producing quality plants. Old Roses are our special passion, yet we love roses of all persuasions and stock many beautiful Species, Shrub, Climbing and Rambling Roses, both modern and old. Our aim is to offer a range that fully embodies the sheer diversity that roses can bring to your garden. Fragrance, foliage, fruit and flower come in a multitude of variations and permutations that provides a rose for virtually every situation.

Most of our roses can be purchased bare root (dormant) for delivery from November until March, in addition we also offer a selection that can be bought potted in peat-free compost which are available throughout the year. Good cultivation in virgin soil, strict grading and minimal storage ensure that they arrive in the best possible condition.

We hope our new website helps and inspires you to discover more about our unique collection. The new filter options and enhanced format should make finding the right rose from over 500 different varieties much easier. See our ‘ALL CATEGORIES’ page for our full list of subcategories such as Hedging Roses, Shade Tolerant Roses & Old Roses Groups.

Happy gardening.

FEATURED ROSE

Blush Noisette
One of the best climbing roses around. Relatively short growing, it can be trained to be on low walls or around pergolas. Repeat flowers well with a strong perfume.

Blush Noisette - Pink Climbing Rose

FEATURED ROSE

Blush Noisette
One of the best climbing roses around. Relatively short growing, it can be trained to be on low walls or around pergolas. Repeat flowers well with a strong perfume.

Blush Noisette - Pink Climbing Rose

Featured Category
Repeat Flowering Old Roses

Most Old Roses give us a glorious display from early June, that fleeting beauty which shouldnt be missed, but amongst them we find a few that will keep on serving. Repeatability appears in a few old classes and the Chinas are the most floriferous, diverse in both habit and bloom shape. Meanwhile the deeply perfumed Portland Damasks and Bourbons are able to give a 2nd flush from August. All quintessential for any old rose garden.

REPEAT FLOWERING

OLD ROSES

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Rose-hip syrup

Rose-hip syrup While many of our garden roses are starting to wind down for their winter dormancy, autumn marks the beginning of an altogether more dazzling phase in the annual cycle for many of the wilder roses in our hedgerows. The changing of seasons for many rugosas – such as Scabrosa and Rosa Rugosa Alba – brings with it splendid displays of succulent red and orange hips. And while hips of course offer a valuable food source for much of our wildlife, here at Trevor White HQ, hips can only mean one thing – rose-hip syrup! Vanessa has been making rose-hip syrup from her dad’s well-used 1977 edition of Food from Your Garden by Readers Digest, for as long as we can remember. And a kitchen suddenly cluttered with sterilising jars, piles of hips rolling around work surfaces, and pans bubbling away on the hob always promises weeks of treats and indulgence. For if you have an abundance of rose-hip syrup, you’re going to need something – or things – to accompany it, and fruit pies, crumbles, ice cream, poached pears or a good gin cocktail usually work a treat! Here is the recipe, as taken from Food From Your Garden, we seek out every autumn. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Ingredients: 2lb (1kg) ripe rose-hips 6 pints (3l) water 1lb (500g) sugar Method: Gather the hips from the wild or dog rose, or from the cultivated Rosa Rugosa. These are the easiest to clean. Wash the hips, remove the stalks and calyces, and put the hips through the coarse blade of a mincer. Add them to a pan containing 4 pints (2l) of water, bring back to the boil, and remove the pan from the heat. Allow to stand for 15 minutes then strain through a jelly bag. Extract as much juice as possible. Return the pulp to the pan with a further 2 pints (1l) of boiling water. Bring back to the boil and remove from the heat. Leave for 10 minutes, then strain through a clean jelly bag. Mix the two juice extracts, and boil in a clean pan until reduced to about 2 pints (1l). Add the sugar, stirring until dissolved. Bring to the boil and keep at boiling point for 5 minutes. Pour into clean, warm bottles and seal at once with sterilised stoppers or corks. Use small bottles if possible, for the syrup does not keep long once opened. For more on the history of rose-hip syrup, including an alternative recipe for 'Raw' rose-hip syrup, the Woodland Trust offer this brilliant blog on their website.

October 26th, 2023|

Going Peat-free to Protect our Future

Going Peat-free to Protect our Future Next generation: Trevor's grandsons explore the rose fields. Earlier this month, we welcomed the opportunity to speak to Ben Spencer, Science Editor at the Sunday Times, about the importance of going peat-free. The environmental damage of using peat in horticulture has long been documented, but a report published by the Wildlife Trusts in 2022 revealed that failure to instigate a ban on the use of peat resulted in around 31 million tonnes of CO2 being released between 1990 and 2022. We know digging up peatlands for use in gardens is both devastating for wildlife and a huge source of carbon emissions. However, the Sunday Times reported that despite an outright ban coming in for professional growers by 2026 (a deadline which has already been pushed back numerous times…), just 17% of nurseries are currently completely peat-free, with only half feeling they are on track to be peat-free by the new extended deadline. Making the change Having been peat-free for five years, we understand the financial, and practical, challenges of making the change. The alternatives are still, disappointingly, expensive, and it can take some trial-and-error to find the right compost-mix for your plants. Roses are naturally very thirsty and need plenty of nutrients so finding ways to sustain water-retention, while maintaining good nutrient levels in the soil, was key. We found a mix of bark, wood chip, coir and a wetting agent - H2Gro - worked brilliantly. The costs of potting-up our roses are now considerably higher than they were half a decade ago. But considering the environmental cost of the alternative, it was clear we couldn’t continue to contribute to the loss of such a vital natural habitat and key resource in the fight against climate change. Future-focused thinking It's a somewhat bewildering juxtaposition that plant growers and garden lovers are contributing so heavily to the loss of our precious peatlands. But prohibitive costs, lack of clear policy, and a knowledge-gap about alternatives, are all sadly hindering many from switching to substitutes. And of course, the longer we hesitate the more irreversible damage is done. Professional growers and horticulturalists need to be leading the way, to show that we can grow and garden without peat. There are great alternatives out there and, five years in, we are proof that even the most fastidious roses can – and do! – thrive in other soils and composts, as they have done for millennia. Growing roses doesn’t have to cost the earth. If we want our gardens to be enjoyed by future generations, we need to make the changes necessary to reduce the environmental impact of what we do, and safeguard these essential natural habitats - and the wildlife that flourishes within them - by cutting out peat for good. Top tips for 'Growing Green' From going peat-free, to using recyclable taupe pots and compostable natural packaging - ensuring our roses are grown, packed and distributed in as environmentally friendly a way as possible [...]

October 6th, 2023|

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