Rosa rugosa is a wild rose which produces richly scented, large open single flowers in mid-summer. The leaves are lush, glossy, dark green and crinkly with a downy underneath, these turn a butter yellow colour in autumn. The attractive flowers turn to large rose hips that stand out boldly against green foliage and provide autumnal interest. These hips are the largest of any wild rose and provide a much needed food source for birds. A boisterous, incredibly resilient variety of rose, commonly grown as a flowering hedge which can also act as an effective security barrier due to its dense habit and thorny stems. It has to be said that Rosa Rugosa has a shaggy, unkempt look, though this arguably contributes to its charm and can be easily managed with trimming. Though best grown in full sun with well-drained soil, is also tolerant of poorer soil and shade and makes a perfect screen for coastal gardens due to its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions.
These plants are approximately 12-18 inches (30-50cm) in length.
As this product is bare-rooted it is available for dispatch between late October & late March. Orders can be placed in advance at any time, just bear in mind that payment will be taken in full at time of ordering.
Plant 10 inches (25cm) apart.
Water thorougly before planting. Dig a hole @ 20″ wider (50cm) wider than the diameter of the root ball. Plant with the old soil mark just visible above the surface. Mix the infill soil with a general purpose fertiliser & gently firm around the plant. Water in well & in the case of a dry spell, regular watering is essential for a newly planted hedge to survive.
Encourage the hedge plants to send out side shoots by trimming back the leaders. Apply a slow release fertiliser the full length of the hedge. Annually apply a thick layer of mulch either after watering or when the ground is moist.