Lowes - Chain Store Roses vs. Reputable Rose Distributors
I have a serious budget, but will be turning into a serious rose gardener as well. I have a garden full of Lowes bareroot grade #1's, and container #1's and #1 1/2's. Their blooms last year were lovely - not a one was I disappointed with (except the #2 I got from Home Depot which is useless). I've spent anywhere from $1.75 (75% off unsold bareroots), to $6.99 (not yet blooming grade # 1 1/2 containers).
I've read enough to have the impression that in the long run I'd be better off with roses from named vendors - the Weeks, J&Ps, etc. But - they run from the $24-$35 range per rose.
I'd be interested in opinions on how much difference the lower cost vs. higher cost roses will make in the long run. My Lowes are all growing and blooming like gangbusters.