I have ordered roses twice before from the Antique Rose Emporium - once when I lived in Texas and once now that I live in Indiana. Both times the roses arrived in good condition and disease free(no black spot). I particularly like that their online catalog lets you know availability. Other online nurseries would do well to emulate this site.
I have had a decent experience with this company. The times Ive bought before the plants were healthy. This year of 2001 the plants had black spot upon arrival. Still, the selection and price are worth it. However Id appreciate not getting roses with black spot the next time I order.
Several antique roses in my Central Texas 100% heat have withered. 80 percent of everything purchased through Antique Rose Emporium have survived even during a prolong trip out of town. Sombreil died but Mme. Alfred Carriere surpasses expectation. They also have numerous grasses for heat Zone 8 and above. Ask for specifics on the phone. Staff is knowledgeable. Henry Flowers, no kidding, is the Best!
I ordered four roses about eight years ago. Three arrived in perfect shape. They were large and well rooted. Antique Rose Emporium claimed that two of them were shade tolerant, and both have, in fact, done very well in very shady conditions (a few hours of morning sun). The climber took a few years to reach eight feet or so in length, but then it took off. It's now more than 25 feet long and doing better than ARE claimed it would. My only complaint is that they canceled the order for the fourth one. They did not let me know until the others were shipped, which left me no time to pick an alternate selection.
In December 99 I bought five roses from ARE, Teas and Chinas. At $15 for the rose plus $5 S&H for potted roses, it cost the same as buying a potted rose from a local nursery. All were delivered in good health and what I think were good size. As of June 2000, out of the five roses I'm delighted with two of them, Frances Dubruiel and Cadenza. The other three are doing all right, about as I'd expected. I recommend ARE without hesitation and plan to buy from them again.
Since I live in Houston, Texas, ARE is a suburb away. ARE's selection is superb and the staff is courteous. The Mlle. Franziska Kruger I purchased in spring 1998 is a constant bloomer, even with a period of neglect. Belinda's Dream, Great Western and Chysler Imperial (bought in 1999) are superb both in bloom, growth and fragrance. My Perle des Jardins and Hermosa (1999) have not fared so well, but both have made it through the "winter" and seem to have rejuvenated since I have moved them to other spots in my garden. Maggie, Granny Grimmetts, Radiance (2000) are beautiful specimens which I hope will fare well. In addition, I have just bought Climbing Pinkie and am told that it is in constant bloom and can grow 7 feet easily in 1 year; I look forward to seeing that. Overall, I am very impressed with ARE and will go back in the future.
My family has purchased over 12 roses from the Antique Rose Emporium over an 8-year period. All have done quite well, even in Central Texas droughts and heat waves. They require little care and bloom all the time!Also, the herbs I purchased from the ARE last summer were the only ones that survived the history-making drought we Texans suffered through last year. Any plants that can survive being transplanted in +100F heat are good enough for me. The folks that work out there are knowledgeable and courteous. My mother placed an order (at the store) for an out of stock "Lavender Pink Parfait" rose one June, and they actually called her when they finally got it in that November! Each rose is about $15.00 each. You may think this is a bit expensive, but you really get what you pay for. The ONLY rose in our backyard that isn't from the ARE has required tons of babying and coddling. One aside: I attended a wedding held in the ARE and found the grounds to be even nicer on the day of the ceremony. I strongly recommend paying the $5.00 for the catalog (I use it as a reference), and if you live anywhere near Independence, Texas (or Brenham, where Blue Bell ice cream is made) to take a tour of the garden.
I have ordered from ARE and was very happy with my rose I spent several years looking for a certain rose and was very happy to find it here. They sent it to me and as a gift to someone else. The service is great.
I have had 100% success with over 20 different roses ordered through the years from Antique Rose Emporium. The climbers have sometimes taken a year to get going, but none have died with very minimal care and drought conditions some years. My only complaint is that I never get a catalog the next year!
The 6 roses I ordered from Antique Rose Emporium are all doing very well after only 6 months in the ground. They arrived bare root, really sort of sad looking. The have all grown tremendously, and all but one bloomed several times this spring and two are still blooming (July). I will definitely order from them again.
I ordered about 30 roses in Fall 1996 from Antique Rose Emporium. English yellow died fast. Buff Beauty was the best and is blooming nonstop (it's February in So California) and our several plants filled their pillars within 4 months of fall planting but stay within bounds, Sombruiel is doing great, Dortmund is strong, Constance Spry hasn't bloomed yet, but is better than grafted C. Spry that I tried in the past. Zepherine Droughin (sp?) is vigorous though the foliage is not as great as the catalogue sounds. I intend on ordering more Bourbon roses from them.
I find them a very satisfactory supplier in the own-root rose niche. Their plants are the largest (2gal) and well-rooted and disease free, packing is excellent, condition on arrival is good and price for what you get (the largest pot-grown own-root rose available) is fair. They occupy the 2nd to top spot in my pantheon of own-root rose suppliers, and I order from them all. I do not agree with their recommendation that you plant in the fall above Zone 6 or 7, and I agree their zone ratings are conservative.
Over the last 5 years I have purchased MANY roses; I have loved all of them EXCEPT: English Yellow (black spot) & English Orange (bloomed one rose in two years). All of the old garden roses are wonderful in my San Antonio gardens/
Beautiful catalogue, lots of info. I ordered 10 plants which arrived for fall planting (highly recommended by ARE). All were in pretty good shape, but they were fairly large plants in soil with premium shipping costs. I planted and waited. Three survived, two were replaced, the rest died. The policy is replacement if plant dies in 3 months, however, with a fall planting, you cannot always tell if the plant is dead. I will order again from ARE, but not for fall planting. I have had much better results with smaller plants from other companies.
I ordered 12 roses from them this spring (1997.) They are all growing and doing great. Because of some construction, I had to wait several weeks to plant 6 of them. All of the roses are either blooming or have numerous buds on them and are growing better than I expected antique roses to grow in the first month or so. I live in Texas and can buy ARE roses from local nurseries. It seems the roses I got directly from ARE are doing even better than ones that I bought locally. I would order from them again and would recommend them.
My local old-roser Sara Glickstein said that she got small plants that needed to be babied the first year. They are newly rooted cutting and cannot be put in a difficult spot in the garden but must be carried on in the nursery. This is a bit impractical in her garden, and the plants died.
I live in Tucson Arizona and have different -problems than most of the country. The heat during the summer makes most of my roses go semi-dormant. I have ordered with success from the Antique Rose Emporium. The plants have been large for own-root roses and quite healthy.