DescriptionField roses (Rosa arvensis) are a wonderful addition to mixed hedge - or even just a few planted in a row of hawthorn will considerably extend the period of interest and value for wildlife. The arching stems wend their way through the hedge, and produce exquisite white flowers in mid-summer. If left unpruned, these will then turn into bright orange hips, high in Vitamin C and used for syrups, teas, marmalades and wines. They are also a highly nutritious treat for birds and small mammals. Field roses are less vigorous than dog roses, so ideal for smaller hedges.
Include in a mixed hedge, allow one plant every few metres to provide colour and interest.