Top cut flower roses by Country Roses

The roses in this selection from Country Roses are chosen for their scent and the length of their vase life, which should be five to 10 days, depending on which stage they are picked. If they are just breaking, these roses will last at least a week. If they are picked fully open, it will be several days.

Constance Spry is the only rose listed here that is not repeat flowering.

‘Princess Alexandra’

This is a tall stemmed, usually single-headed, bright magenta-pink with very few thorns. It lasts well over a week in the house and opens from a stylish pointed bud into an almost frilled rosette shape, taking about seven days to go through the process. This is one of the best ever roses for cutting and arranging

‘L.D. Braithwaite’

A deep, vivid magenta-red, one tone on from pink. This is a vigorous plant which yields a rose with a cupped shape and many petals. Its bluish tint mixes well with all our pale pinks and it has an intoxicating scent. A shrub rose, which needs a light prune in autumn and spring.

‘Big Purple’

With this rose, you get what it says on the label. It is a dramatic, rich, deep purple, usually comes singly, on long stems which are not too thorny. It lasts well in the vase too. A Hybrid Tea rose, which needs a hard prune during the winter

‘Just Joey’

Famous for its amber colour, ‘Just Joey’ starts almost orange while in bud and opens into a glorious deep gold that somehow avoids being yellow. This is spectacular for table decorations. Use it with single heads floating in a glass, or cut short but clustered in a bowl in the centre of the table. Lightly scented. A Hybrid Tea rose which need a hard prune during the winter

‘Isabella’

This is one of their best reds. It has the quality of velvet and can appear almost black in certain lights. Wonderful on its own, or mixed with a pale, peachy pink to show its depth of colour. It does not like the rain, but lasts well in the vase. A shrub rose, which needs a light prune in autumn and spring.

‘Louise Odier’

This old French rose is a bright sunny pink with many heads and often comes as a spray. Lightly scented, it has a good vase life and mixes well with other pinks. A shrub rose, which needs a light prune in autumn and spring.

‘Gertrude Jekyll’

Named after the famous gardener, this is one of their best selling pinks. The pretty shape of its buds opens into a flat rosette, and they have a good life span whether you use them tall in high vases, or nip them off short and float them. Wonderful scent. A shrub rose, which needs a light prune in autumn and spring.

‘Eveleyn’

A pale, many-petalled peachy rose with an overwhelmingly beautiful scent and the look and feel of an old fashioned cabbage rose. A shrub rose, which needs a light prune in autumn and spring.

‘Golden Celebration’

A rich gold yellow as the name suggests, with a strong scent. Country Roses supplied this for Queen Elizabeth's 80th birthday celebrations. A shrub rose, which needs a light prune in autumn and spring.

‘Constance Spry’

This is the quintessentially English rose, with cupped pale pink petals, a little like Heritage, with the faint scent of myrrh. It often comes in arching sprays, lovely for tall arrangements, but is not repeat flowering. A shrub rose, which needs a light prune in autumn and spring. ‘Constance Spry’ is available to purchase from sarahraven.com

‘Liliana’

This pale, peachy rose has many heads and big flowers, yet there is an appealing delicacy to the colours. Stems last a long time and it has a pretty scent. A shrub rose, which needs a light prune in autumn and spring.

‘Redoute’

This is another old, French rose which comes on early in the season, before the English pinks, and has a pretty many-petalled shape.

‘Compassion’

This is one of Country Roses' best spray roses (along with ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Buff Beauty’), with many heads on strong straight stems. The colour is an unusual coppery pink with a hint of apricot and the sprays are spectacular in tall arrangements. A Hybrid Tea rose which need a hard prune during the winter.