We are hip?

 Of course we are.

 So is Rosa rugosa. Right now!

Earlier in the summer it wowed with papery magenta blooms.

Ok so it was not the exotic show and tell of many roses with cupped, quartered and frilled blooms and an intense winey fragrance that has them dropping in the aisles, but:

there is about Rosa rugosa  a refreshing honesty which makes it bang on trend. What you see is what you get!

And in these uncertain times that has a certain allure. 

And now unlike some of the great rose ‘divas’ there is a second performance with red, almost plastic fruits.

Information wise we can do no better than quote David Austin:

‘One of the few Wild Roses that is naturally repeat flowering. Purple-rose coloured flowers, four inches across, with contrasting stamens. Very large, round hips. Does well, even in poor, sandy conditions. Extremely hardy and no disease. Strong and very sweet fragrance. Ideal for hedging’

And it is indeed this tough, no nonsense quality which appeals. Useful in semi-wild areas, it even grows well near the sea.

Growing to 2m high, rugosa has, of course, been crossed with garden roses, to produce forms varying from single to fully double, from ‘Fru Dagmar Hastrup’ through to ‘Roseraie de l’Hay’. One of these is bound to float your boat.

All can be bought from  David Austin.

We go nowhere else for Roses.

Lesley and Robert