My first-ever order from Roses Unlimited arrived last week, after several pleasant email exchanges with Pat Henry that helped me decide which varieties to order. The three roses (Madame Plantier, Golden Celebration and Jude the Obscure) were impressively large, healthy, well leafed out and packed snugly for safe arrival. I have already compiled a "wish list" for my next order.
On May 26, 2015, clpgirl Chippewa Lake, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on June 23, 2014, updated May 26, 2015
Posted on June 13, 2014, updated June 23, 2014
Posted on September 25, 2012, updated June 13, 2014
Inadvertently forgot to write this review to give RU a 5 star rating!!! I had looked for the Amelia Earhart rose for about a year and was unable to find any. Finally someone told me to check with RU. This rose was not listed as available but RU was able to find not one, but 2 Amelias for me!!
They thrived all summer and I couldn\'t be more delighted!!
Thanks so much to all at RU-I WILL be back in the spring!!
On June 13th, 2014, clpgirl added the following:
Once again 5 stars to RU!! And particular thanks to their phone rep who has had UNENDING patience with me this spring-summer.. Due to incredibly cold temps in Northern Ohio this year I lost various roses in one bed-including my Amelias....
I ordered 7 roses from RU about 5 weeks ago. Again, prompt shipping, great packing,large, healthy plants, with several already in bloom!! (Including another Amelia, LOL). These roses have been in-ground for about a month and are all THRIVING.
Went on their web-site last week and saw some sale roses.
Then promply forgot to order, Called today and the woman who answered had \"unlimited patience\". At this late date, several roses on my list were sold out,
However-above and beyond good customer service, she helped me find similar varieties, even similar parentage(!), checking the nursery stock several times, answered questions about fragance, color etc, even history of some of these roses. After several phones call (due to interruptions on my end), I just completed my second order of the year.
RU is absolutely my new \"go-to\" rose grower!! Thank you so much for your beautiful roses, and WONDERFUL 5 star employees!!On June 23rd, 2014, clpgirl added the following:
Just received my second order this year and couldn\'t be more pleased! Once again received large, well-packed plants with extensive root systems.
After my consistently A++experiences with RU, and their endlessly patient phone rep, I don\'t ever plan to use a local or other on-line vendor for roses.
Thanks again!!On May 26th, 2015, clpgirl added the following:
Another WONDERFUL interaction with, ordering process and plant delivery from RosesUnlimited. I continue to be amazed with their patience in my quest for rarer roses....they 'found' Amelia earhart for me several years ago-thriving this year!nThis year they had two green 'china' roses,( rosa viridiflora chinesis) which are not easy to find on-line from reputable vendors-I had lost one several years ago purchased before i discovered RU, patiently helped me select a hardy, fragrant yellow rose from several I had in mind. In addition, they gave me advice on reviving an 8 year old zephrine droughn that hadnt even been purchased from them!
Plants were beautiful on delivery, large with well developed root balls,one actually in bloom. Far superior to 35$ roses available at a local nursery!
I would, and do, highlly recommend them to anyone purchasing any type of rose.
This company provides integrity of product, advice, and wonderful packing and shipment times.
Thank you so very much RU. It is always a pleasure!
On May 22, 2015, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on May 1, 2014, updated May 22, 2015
Posted on September 18, 2013, updated May 1, 2014
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Posted on May 2, 2013, updated June 1, 2013
In the midst of replacing roses from my previous home, I took the recommendation of a rose author I admire, and placed an order with Roses Unlimited. I am very happy that I did. My four roses came yesterday, and their health, vigor, size and beauty were wonderful. Tess of the D\'Urbervilles had a bloom! The customer service was excellent, and Pat Henry was very responsive when I needed to add to my order. I ordered from four very good and well recommended companies this season, and Roses Unlimited was the best of them all. I will certainly be back.
On June 1st, 2013, DonnaMack added the following:
Impressed by the roses I received, I placed an order for Heritage, to add another to my yard, and the white Heritage sport, Rose Marie. Roses Unlimited appeared to be the only supplier of that rose this year.
They did not disappoint! Both roses were beautiful and well formed, and the Rose Marie was quite large. There is no need to keep these roses in pots - they are large and substantial enough to put directly into the ground. I will be placing anorder in thefall for spring delivery.On September 18th, 2013, DonnaMack added the following:
After sending an email to Pat Henry for roses I assumed would be for spring delivery (2 Marie Pavie and a Zephirine Droughin) I found that Pat had the ability to ship them to me for planting this month. I have other roses on order for spring.
Wow. The two Marie Pavies had flowers on them. The Zephirine Drouhin was large and had lots of new growth. These roses do not need to be potted up in anticipation of planting. They will go in tomorrow. They are picture perfect, and they were wrapped and packaged with such care that not a leaf was out of place.
I don\'t quite know how they do it, but their roses are, at the very least, tied with the best I have ever received. I love getting them in containers - so easy to plant. I continue to be very pleased with this company.On May 1st, 2014, DonnaMack added the following:
Today I received five wonderful roses from this company. A Dublin Bay with three large flowers (I have grown this rose before and the flowers were actually full sized), 2 The Dark Lady, also in a mix of bloom as well as buds large and open enough that I could have identified the plants from that alone, a very large Kathleen Harrop and a good sized Madame Hardy. I am puzzled about comments I have read here about not seeing roses arrive in bloom. Two of my roses arrived in bloom last year. And opinions may differ, but these roses were large enough to put directly into the ground.
Generally I find that RU provides the widest variety I personally have seen, having ordered from three companies that ship solely or primarily bare root. and I find them very easy to plant, and quick to put on substantial size. They are consistently the largest own root roses I have found. And they are true to name.On May 22nd, 2015, DonnaMack added the following:
Another beautiful order from Roses Unlimited. I botched the planting of a rose and wanted to replace it, and Pat pointed out to me that I could add a second rose without paying more shipping. Ah, how was she to know I was craving another Glamis Castle? Done. The roses arrived yesterday. They are wonderful. And the Madame Hardy I mentioned in my previous review is almost six feet tall, covered with buds, and about to bloom. They are first rate.
On Aug 4, 2014, paminasheville Asheville, NC wrote:
I have been buying roses from Pat Henry and Bill Patterson since 2005 and now have a 30-plus rose garden in Asheville NC, all but two roses being from them. From the beginning I explained to Pat that I don't spray or amend with chemicals, and she has been wonderful in advising me on which roses I can grow to good result in those conditions. Happily for me, the list of disease-resistant roses with strong fragrance is growing, and I am currently replacing roses that have done well here, but who's habit and lack-of-fragrance I want to improve on with others Pat can now recommend. Though I usually go down to Laurens to pick up my plants at RU, I have also had some shipped to me with good result. I I have had great advice and great roses from RU, without fail.
Posted on March 27, 2013, updated October 27, 2013
Posted on October 10, 2012, updated March 27, 2013
Posted on March 30, 2012, updated October 10, 2012
Actually my rating was neutral. But I still like to do business with RU, they have wide range of rose varities and beautiful rare roses. Packaging was ok, no damage but all the dirt from the pot were loose inside the boxes. Plants are slight bigger than band size, throw into the gallon pot and fill with some dirt, that's it. Some comment shows their plants had buds and flowers, Nah!, I don't see any on my roses. Pricy shipping for weight of dirt, not for weight of plant. I'm not clear on price of rose as well, I don't see $16 roses, generally most are $18. Communication is fine, a bit slow but no problem. Payment system also slight complicated but not a big issue. Hope my RU roses are growing well and survive. I used EB stone rose grow to raise all my roses.
On October 10th, 2012, bluebuster77 added the following:
Super heathy roses and of course true to the name. They bloom short period of time, so I can identify my roses. Ready to transfer to larger pot within a year. I still have endless list to buy more roses from their huge selection. June sales was outstanding, you don't have to missed this. On March 27th, 2013, bluebuster77 added the following:
Most healthiest and grow quickly big as grafted rose bushes. Better than other own root roses I ordered last year. Great selection with lots of rare variety. Still processing to order more roses this year including upcoming sales.On October 27th, 2013, bluebuster77 added the following:
So far so excellent!!! Two straight year, I never have bad experience to order from RU. All roses are quicly vigorous as I mentioned on previous feedbacks. My top 1 seller on own root roses.
I would like to share my very positive experience with Roses Unlimited. While they don't have web ordering, Pat is very quick to respond with any questions and orders. I ordered six roses this year. They all arrived in perfect shape and are currently doing great. This is a great source and very easy to work with - I highly recommend it.
Ordered over 60 roses from their summer sale. Prices were great, shipping was wonderful, and the roses were amazing! Even my fiancÚ, who is not a gardener, remarked upon the size of the plants compared to others I have ordered in the past. They also got packaging down to a science! 60 roses and not one broken or out of their pots! I cannot wait to order from them again. Thank you!
I got 6 roses from Roses Unlimited summer sale this year. Pat was prompt to respond to my e-mails. The roses arrived on time, well-packed, and very healthy. I told them what I want & sent them a check, and received my roses within a few days. I highly recommend this nursery for their professionalism and the quality of their plants.
On Jan 17, 2013, Ranger6 Norfolk, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Were there a rating for "very positive," I would choose it for Roses Unlimited. In past two years, I ordered twice. First, in 2011 through Pat Henry, included Lyda Rose, Mystic Beauty, and Elina. In fall of 2012, with lots of analysis and advice from Bill Patterson, ordered Eugene de Beauharnais, Paul Neyron, and Marchessa Boccella. All plants arrived in good shape, on schedule, and are still alive. Got great advice each time. Both Mrs Henry and Mr. Patterson realized they were dealing with a novice, and the selection and planting guidance were quite appropriate and kind, especially on the OGRs. The Lyda Rose grew to 4x4 the first year and bloomed prolifically. These people are knowledgeable, trustworthy, helpful, and reliable. Highly recommend. Very positive.
On Sep 19, 2012, Joseph_Cincy Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
We had a warm early spring in Cincinnati (6a), and I ordered 6 bareroot roses in March for an early April delivery. I had ordered bareroots from the West Coast before with mixed results, and I was worried. Fortunately, that worry was in vain. The roses were large, had many leaves, looked very healthy, and two of them already had buds. The packaging was intense but effective. I got them in the ground, and they flourished. Five months later, they are all excelling, and they have grown more bigger and more robust than some bareroot roses from out West that I planted two years ago! I am impressed, and I'll definitely order from Roses Unlimited again (as in next spring! . . . I'm already trying to decide the list).
On May 24, 2012, GreenandGrowing7 Marcola, OR wrote:
I recently received an order of 17 roses from Roses Unlimited. As other customers have mentioned here, all of the roses I received were very large, well-branched plants that are ready to be planted in the ground immediately. Many of the roses were budded or blooming upon arrival. I live on the West Coast and was amazed by the marvelous packing job. Even though the three shipping boxes took seven days to reach me by UPS, every rose arrived in perfect condition and was still very well hydrated.
Customer service is excellent either over the phone or by email and the huge selection of roses available is unmatched. I will be ordering again from this wonderful nursery in the future.
Posted on April 29, 2012, updated April 29, 2012
I ordered 3 roses from Roses Unlimited and after seeing their website, decided to visit their "rose farm". They have 9 greenhouses from which we were able to view and select roses from. It was an interesting experience. The "own root" roses are smaller than hybrid traditional roses. They look very healthy in one gallon pots. I selected 6 additional roses and the gentleman "dug up" my order and I was able to avoid the shipping charge by taking the three original ones I ordered with me. The selection of roses is amazing. I took cuttings of a rose that I am having problems with and the gentleman immediately knew what rose variety it was and diagnosed spider mites (I should have known, except I read spider mites show up late in the summer and it is only April . He asked if they were next to brick (they are). Apparently brick makes the roses more susceptible as it holds the heat. The grounds of the greenhouses are amazing. There are hundreds of old climbing roses and other roses. While the gardens have not been maintained, it is well worth the trip esp at this time of year as all the roses are blooming beautifully.
On April 29th, 2012, casy added the following:
The gentleman referenced above was Bill Patterson,one of the owners. I did not realize it until I saw his picture on the RU website.
Posted on March 19, 2012, updated April 11, 2012
The 3 Austin roses I bought from Roses Unlimited June's summer sale survived zone 5a winter, and have the most basal breaks this spring. I attribute this to their large root systems. I was so pleased with their performance that I bought 7 more. Roses Unlimited has been great in accomodating the many changes in my order, and change in shipping date. Why would anyone want to buy Knock-outs from local stores, with the large selection of hardy and disease resistant roses that this nursery offers?
On April 11th, 2012, strawberryhill added the following:
I received 7 roses today, April 11. All are over 1 foot tall, very healthy, and many have buds. Firefighter rose has 5 buds, Bolero has 3 buds, and a few on Frederic Mistral and Sonia Rykiel (this has an incredible scent, worth buying just for the scent alone). I'm most impressed with Sweet Promise rose, such shiny reddish new leaves, and I don't see any thorns. Crown Princess Margareta is ready to climb, so tall - they are big enough to plant in the ground.
Very good packaging - no damage whatsoever with such big plants. I'm happy with Roses Unlimited quality and service.
On Apr 28, 2011, kentstar Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Awesome roses! This is my first experience with this company. I have heard many great things about them from other gardeners.
Huge plants in large pots, and blooming too! One of them had 4 rose buds on them already!
I had ordered Livin Easy and the Flight 93 rose.
It took me a while to get them unwrapped because they were packaged so well but I won out in the end lol.
They were very moist too and came exactly when I expected them too.
Great job RU!
On Jul 23, 2010, revolutionaryma Granada Hills, CA wrote:
Their plants are the best sized I have received online. I am across country however and the plants do get stressed on the way to me but they recover quickly. Shipping is also more expensive for me, of course. But if I want a bigger plant I will definitely go back to Pat to get them there. She wonderful to do business with.
I ordered 10 roses during their sale late last summer. The roses arrived in good condition. Some had spots but I planted and treated like I do all roses and hoped for the best overwinter. I treated again this spring when I uncovered and was so happy that all 10 roses emerged in perfect condition. They are all doing great and look great. Ordering process during the sale was time consuming but the woman on the phone was very patient with my questions and suggested varieties in place of what was out of stock.
On Apr 8, 2010, trudii Charleston, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
Absolutely fantastic experience last year ordering from Pat. I ordered 3 Mme. Alfred Carriere for around my garage and she suggested 2 shrub Cecile Brunner to be potted by my front door. Pat was incredibly patient working with me since I am not an experienced rose owner.
My roses arrived very well packaged - it took me quite some time to dismantle the boxes but it was well worth it. They looked amazing! The MAC were much larger than I expected and already had blooms. They were planted per the instructions on the site and by the end of the season they were already 8 feet tall - not a typo - eight feet. As I write, just about one year after they were planted they are all covered in buds. The Cecile were smaller but looked very healthy. I potted them up and they grew like crazy all summer - despite my random watering practices. They bloomed from May through November straight through and the smell was amazing.
I was so pleased with my experience I bought another 4 MAC to go around the other side of my garage and 12 more Cecile - with the 2 from last year will be planted all around my front porch. (Don't want to risk killing the Cecile with another year in pots!) I'm picking them up this weekend and could not be more excited not only for my new roses but to see the nursery.
I agree with the almost universal consensus that the website is not great, it needs to have a picture of each rose. Beyond that though I'm okay with their choice to keep it simple - to me that says they are more interested in their roses than marketing which is really what I want as a buyer.
I received 10 or so roses this spring and all are going gangbusters and very healthy. Great prices for what you get, especially when you include shipping. One rose was mislabed and was promptly replaced by the company, and the boxes are extremely well packed - the most secure of any mail order company I've used to date. The only down side of my experiece is that the billing end of the company seems to be quite disorganized - it is frustrating to receive invoices asking for payment 6 months after the order was paid in full (especially since they had already assured me their mistake was taken care of). But I would still recommend based on the size and quality of plants shipped.
What a pleasure!! I ordered from RU twice this year and I was happy both times. The roses are a good healthy size, one even had a bloom when it arrived, packed very well for shipping, and the customer service was great. I have had blooms all summer and I cant wait to order more. Highly reccomend!!!
On Jul 18, 2009, vossner Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Wonderful source for roses you don't find everyday. I took advantage of their Freedom sale and got 4 very healthy, very well packed, own root roses. Highly recommend. This mailorder nursery has been added to my listed of ones to ck frequently.
On Jul 15, 2009, loveblossoms CA United States (Zone 8b) wrote:
This was my first purchase from Roses Unlimited and I was simply delighted with the quality of the rose bush I purchased. It arrived in a timely manner, well packed, though minimally stressed with tons of yellow leaves (understandably dehydrated due to the warm summer climate here in the South) but otherwise SUPER healthy and robust. I gave it a good soak and some rest in a temporary spot with dappled shade as soon as it arrived and it responded quickly with healthy new growth. It continues to be adapting great. What an amazing plant. Bullet-proof to say the least. Very strong and sensational looking. I will definitely be making more purchases from Unlimited in the coming months. Thanks Pat for all of your care and expertise in raising such exceptional young rose bushes. I am very happy.
On Jul 10, 2009, skiekitty Parker, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:
OMG, talk about some major roses! These beautiful roses (I ordered 7 during their "Freedom sale", but were out of 4, so I got 3 roses) are bigger and healthier than I have gotten at some of our LGSs! Wow! I did preorder some roses for the 2010 year.. I cannot WAIT to see those! I'll be putting them in the ground now after I harden them off (I believe that these are greenhouse roses, so they have to be hardened off for "real world conditions"). One of them was already in bud and they're all gorgeous! Excellent packaging, VERY quick shipping.. only bad thing I can see is they don't have the ability to take cards. But it's WELL worth the risk of a check!!
On May 10, 2009, floria Athens, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
First time ordering roses from this company - I ordered from several others during the past three years. The six roses I ordered came in timely and in excellent shape - very lush foliage and stems. The price is much better than other companies for 1-gallon roses. I highly recommend this company. I will definitely order again, particularly if these roses make it without the spraying regimen the company recommends.
I purchased from RU last year for the first time ('08) , 9 fragrant cloud bushes. I also purchased from the other own root vendors on GW: ARE, Heirloom and Chamblees. Although the other vendors had nice plants, nothing was as good as RU.
Winter 08 I decided to bury my roses to see how much I could keep alive, as opposed to past years cones/mulching. My fragrant clouds from RU have 3/4 to 1" canes of last seasons growth that made it through the winter buried. I have never had any HT rose in zone 5 make it through winter this robustly. Although buried, the credit has to go to the quality of the plants, as the other buried fragrant cloud bands from heirloom and grafted fragrant clouds from JP are alive but barely and all other variables are the same (location, soil, winter wet, etc.).
I was initially hesitant to order as RU availability checking is by email, and payment is in the form of a mailed check. However, they are now my preferred vendor. Their website is a little hokey, but their roses are the best, and they do respond pretty quickly to emailed availability questions. I strongly recommend them.
On Apr 23, 2009, mocatmom Driftwood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I just received a wonderful shipment from Roses Unlimited - their own Mystic Beauty, a blooming Lyda Rose, and a large and budded - and IMPOSSIBLE to find - Versigny Generosa rose.
They arrived in 90 degree Texas heat in pristine condition and didn't even need a drink. They were so securely packaged that it took me 20 minutes to get them safely out of the box, but I'm not complaining! I was worried about these roses with our recent heat wave, but they arrived looking like they were just packaged moments ago instead of three or more days ago.
If they would accept debit cards or paypal, the shopping experience would be ideal. Nevertheless, this is an excellent source of lovely roses and I'll definitely be a frequent customer.
On Apr 8, 2009, splash763 West Columbia, SC wrote:
-Sell all plants own root in 1 gallon containers.
-Excellent selection of Hybrid Teas and Floribundas
-Have alot of classic Hybrid teas and older AARS
-Stock roses from Rose Barni and Viru Vinghaven that are very hard to find
-Only accept checks. No paypal or credit cards.
-Not all roses have photos on website. So browsing becomes difficult
-Website is typically harder to use than most. As an aside the background music on the website is terrible.
-Shipping costs higher than some due to the 1 gallon pots.
-Limited #s or alot of roses. Have to order preorder well in advance for hard to find roses.
Roses Unlimited has provided me with over 30 roses that have all done extremely well in my garden. I have ordered from dozens of ownroot suppliers from nurserys and ebay and their roses are well above average. They are my go to supplier of own roots. Just order early or you will be waiting till next year. Excellent quality for your money
I have always picked up my roses at nursery So I have no expierence with their packaging. If you visit your nursery wear good shoes and be careful as its a working nursery and not a sales center. The floors are muddy and aisles are hard to get through
Have seen no evidence of RMV on their roses. In touring their green house I did not see any virused plants but I do not consider myself an expert on that subject.
I emailed Pat in mid March about placing an order of roses. She was very knowledgeable and helpful and answered the many emails I sent. I had a negative experience ordering roses online from a different vendor and she was quick to reassure me that I wouldn't receive 'baby' roses.
They arrived today and were extremely well packaged. It took my husband 20 minutes to unwrap all of them. They are in excellent shape and several of them have buds. I'm very happy with my experience with RU and would highly recommend Pat and her staff.
On Oct 17, 2008, BlissfulGarden Baton Rouge, LA wrote:
Very positive experience with this lovely lady! She provides a GREAT selection of healthy, self-rooted plants of very good size. Her roses are grown potted rather than being shipped bare-rooted, which results in a much faster start for the plant here in the south. The only drawback to ordering from RU is that they are not set up to take credit card payments which can make the ordering process a bit cumbersome... but it's worth it to receive her wonderful plants. I will definitely order from Roses Unlimited again in the future. Ev =)
On May 6, 2008, Pinetucky Swainsboro, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:
My order arrived in perfect condition - 3 large, healthy roses with one in bloom. The packing is so secure that it does take a little time to remove the plants from the box, but the extra care taken allows the roses to arrive looking fresh and undamaged. The plants were shipped on the specified date. Communication was excellent too.
I have been ordering from Roses Unlimited for over 10 years and have never been disappointed with their roses. Even though these are own-root roses, they are large and ready to plant in the ground. This is definitely one of the best sources for own-root roses. I continue to be a completely satisfied customer.
On May 3, 2008, astcgirl Davidsonville, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:
I ordered 6 roses recently. All arrived very well packed and healthy. I was amazed at how large they were. 2 of the roses already had buds and it has been one month now and all have doubled in size in the garden. I will surely order from them again. A+ company.
got my 2 roses today may 1, they were very secure in the box . had fun getting them out!. plants were good size. marina had 3 flowers on it my wife was very
happy to see that!. singin in the rain has a bud, can't wait to see it flower!.
i will order from them again in the future.
On Apr 9, 2008, clanross Poplarville, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:
I have ordered twice from Roses Unlimited and both times I have received all large,beautiful, healthy plants. Most were blooming or in bud. I have been very pleased and am looking forward to ordering again.