DescriptionDog roses (Rosa canina) 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 long stems wend their way through the hedge, and produce exquisite pale pink 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.
The Roman naturalist Pliny believed that the name came from the belief that the root of the dog rose could be used to treat the bite of a mad dog.
Include in a mixed hedge, allow one plant every few metres to provide colour and interest.