Rugosa roses (rugose meaning 'wrinkled' or 'corrugated' in this instance) are all thorny with leaves that have impressed veins and well-scented blooms, and are both vigorous and very hardy originating from northern Japan and Siberia. The Hybrid rugosas are not officially 'Old Garden' roses, but tend to be included in them, and were introduced into the West circa 1880. Height to about 2.5m. Both the Rugosa species and its cultivars will grow and thrive in conditions inhospitable to other roses including windswept and coastal gardens. The curiously wrinkled foliage is very disease resistant, and the strong stems are both dense and thorny making them very suitable for hedging plants. Most are extremely fragrant, flower more than once each year and produce moderately double, flat flowers that are easily accessible to pollinating insect, followed by notably large hips. (Varieties of Hybrid Rugosa roses include: 'Hansa' and 'Roseraie de l'Häy').
For planting advice, see Planting Containerised Roses - RV Roger Ltd
For pruning advice, see A Guide to Pruning Roses - RV Roger Ltd
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