Rosa rugosa alba
Roses are the UK’s best-loved flower, but they do not need to be kept in the flower border - there are many species which will do equally well either as a standalone flowering hedge, or else mixed in with a native mix. The roses we offer as hedging plants are all tough and robust, and will cope with a wide range of growing conditions.For a very pretty rose hedge, you can also consider any of the Hybrid Musk roses - Hybrid Musk - although they will require a little more attention than the specific hedging varieties.
Roses for hedging generally divide into two camps - those that make a substantial plant which can provide a dense hedge on their own (Rugosa roses, Scotch rose, Sweet Briar rose) and those climbers which can be used as part of a mixed hedge, to scramble their way through to provide extra interest and colour (Dog rose, Field rose).
Rugosa roses are perfect for a fast-growing, tough, informal hedge, screen or windbreak. They are some of the hardiest and most tolerant of any of the roses, so will grow in cold, exposed, sites, coastal locations, thin poor soils - pretty much anywhere except extremely damp, waterlogged sites. They quickly form a dense, impenetrable, thorny hedge - excellent as a burglar deterrent - with disease-resistant foliage and large bright blooms in July. They only flower once, so don’t dead-head and instead be rewarded by masses of bright orange-red hips in late summer. The birds love them, but can equally be used to make rose-hip syrup, extremely high in Vitamin C.
Plant every 30-40cm in a single row for a dense single variety hedge, or else include a few in a mixed wildlife-friendly hedge. Colours can be mixed and matched to suit - the R. rugosa can vary in colour a little, but is generally a soft pink - or else go for a single colour for a more uniform look.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our hedging plants. As well as the height of the plants, we also specify the age of the plant - all are generally either two years old (1/1) or even three years old (1/2). This means they have a sturdy, extensive root system and strong stems, ready for the perfect start to your garden hedge. You may be able to buy cheaper, but we don’t think you can buy better.