ROSA as a Hedgeplant

(Deciduous)

Several species of rose can be used to make attractive flowering hedges. Plant 1-½ ft. apart in November if possible, though all roses may be planted throughout the winter provided there is no frost. The following make attractive screens when left to grow naturally, and only need pruning in March. 5 to 8 ft.

Rosa hugonis, fine green foliage and single yellow flowers.

R. moyesii, single dark red flowers followed by enormous pitcher-shaped fruits. Has a particularly good variety, Geranium.

Floribunda roses make most successful and decorative hedges, 1 to 4 ft. high, and need very little pruning. They benefit from mulching with leaf mould or rotted compost in summer. Plant only one variety in a hedge, otherwise uneven growth will produce a poor effect. Varieties recommended for flower colour are:

Frensham, deep blood-red.

Bridal Pink, cultivated by Eugene Boerner in 1...

Bridal Pink, cultivated by Eugene Boerner in 1967; taken at the Morwell Rose Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Masquerade, opens yellow and turns first pink and then flame as it grows.

Orange Triumph, fiery scarlet.

Sundance, yellow ageing to pink and salmon, pale foliage.

Vogue, coral-rose with copper-tinted foliage.

Musk rose hybrids form compact bushes not unlike the floribundas, and flower from June to September at a height of 4 to 6 ft. They have a sweet, musky-scent and require very little pruning.

Recommended varieties are:

Cornelia, coppery-apricot in bud, ageing to buff-pink, double flowers.

Pax, cream buds opening pure white.

Penelope, salmon-pink in bud, opening to double flowers, cream with a pink flush.

Prosperity, dark foliage, very free flowering, double flowers, buff-yellow opening deep cream.

16. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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