Austins/grafted or own-root, best sources?
Since I primarily depend on mail order for my rose sources, there is something I am wondering about. I've asked the question before, more than once about grafted vs own-root, but I am wondering about Austins in particular. For mail order the two best sources, that I can tell are Regan and Roses Unlimited. I received three Austins from Regan, which look very healthy. Last year I ordered a couple of own-root Austins from RU and they are both looking good. I was checking my RU Darcey Bussell this morning and it's got 5 buds on it. How much difference does it make as far as vigor over time? I don't mind waiting a year or two on the own-roots, if they are as good overall as the grafted. Also, does anyone order directly from David Austin? I've noticed some are available either way from them, they are a little pricier though. And are there any other good sources for them? Several companies carry a few varieties, but I prefer sources that have a good selection of varieties.