The Rugosa Rose is native to Japan, D.O.B. unknown. Introduced to Europe in the late 1700's, the Rugosa hybrids are prized for ease of cultivation, large fragrant blooms and large highly ornamental hips which are full of Vitamin C. Rugosa roses will tolerate salt laden winds, extremes of heat and cold and are so robust that in some countries they are used for hedging on farms and barrier planting on motorways! Talk about tough. Rugosa roses are also used for Standard Rose Root-stocks and will quickly take over if the grafted rose is neglected or weak. It is important to note though, the one thing they don't particularly tolerate, is modern chemical spray as it damages the foliage but as these roses are disease resistant this is seldom a problem.
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Characteristics of Rugosa Roses
- Almost indestructible
- Rough textured leaves
- Stiff thorny short stems
- Showy hips ornamental and edible rich in Vitamin C
- Mainly summer flowering
- Disease Resistant
- Little if any pruning required
David Austin rose Mrs. Doreen Pike’ is a rose of modest charm. The deep pink flowers are in the form of neat, medium-sized rosettes and give the impression of mingling with the small, pale green leaves. It is very free-flowering and repeats very well. There is a lovely, strong Old Rose fragrance.
Colour: Pink Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 120cm
Rugosa. This beautiful rose has a rich fragrance which is considered to be one of the best in the rose world. Large, double, bright red flowers which darken towards purple in the hot sun. Dark green bushy foliage and an upright habit. Originating from France in 1901.
Colour: Red / Purple Habit: upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Rugosa. This strongly scented rose has beautiful semi-double, velvety wine-red flowers with a hint of purple. It is constantly in bloom over a long period. One of the best loved Rugosas with good reason. Nice dark green foliage which colours well in the autumn. Very hardy and tolerant. 1901.
The strongly scented flowers are followed by giant tomato-shaped hips.
Colour: Red / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Rugosa - Species. Glossy deep green foliage and enormous (10cm) flowers of pure white that are single and richly scented. A circle of golden stamens highlights the blooms which repeat on and off from spring to autumn. Lovely autumn foliage colour and red hips. Introduced to England in 1870.
As with all Rugosas this is a hardy and tolerant rose that copes well with poorer soils and even a little shade. Originally found in areas of Russia, China and Japan.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Rugosa. This highly fragrant rose has loose, semi-double, silky pink flowers produced in repeated flushes from spring to late summer. The blooms have a cluster of golden stamens in the centre. Dense dark green foliage and thorny, upright growth habit. 1926.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Rugosa. The name 'Scabrosa' refers to the roughness of the handsome foliage which is clear green with interesting veining. The summer blooms are bright cerise pink offset with golden stamens and are followed by big fat red hips. Nice sweet fragrance. Robust and vigorous. 1950.
This rose could be used as a hedge as it grows into quite a tall specimen. The hips can be used for culinary purposes.
Colour: Pink / Grey Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m
Rugosa. Beautifully formed semi-double flowers of pure white with pronounced golden stamens. And oh the perfume. Very free flowering. Attractive bright green foliage and small orange hips which often appear with the flowers. The name tells you it's from Germany - 1912.
This is a hardy and tolerant rose that would make an excellent hedge. It is just that bit different from other Rugosas as it has smaller leaves and hips.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Rugosa. Large double blooms with densely packed petals shaded white with just a hint of blush pink in the centre. Continuous flowering over a long period so the strong scent which is described as a blend of tea and cloves will add plenty of fragrance to the summer garden. From France, 1899.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m