Rosa Canina

Wild roses such as Rosa Canina (the dog rose) are perhaps a little plain to look at, compared to their modern cousins. Generally smaller single flowers in various shades of pink, they have one outstanding feature. The attractive red hips produced in the fall. I think that the name dog rose comes from an old belief that the rose … Read moreRosa Canina

Nearly Wild

The Nearly Wild rose is an extremely hardy and strong growing pink floribunda, although you could be forgiven for mistaking it for one of the species roses you see growing in meadows and hedgerows. This pink Floribunda was first bred in 1941 by Brownell. Parentage is Dr W Van Fleet x Leuchstern.  Because of the … Read moreNearly Wild

Rugosa

Wild Roses: Rugosa The Rugosa rose, also known as Japanese rose and Ramanas rose. This beautiful flowering shrub is native to Asia and was first seen in China, Japan and Korea where it grows along the coastline in sandy soiled areas. The name ‘Rugosa’ rose actually comes from the Japanese word ‘Hamans’ which means ‘shore pear’, due to its prickly bush … Read moreRugosa

Cocktail, Red Floribunda

You won’t often see this rose, it’s a little hard to obtain. But if you can get one, then it makes a great addition to any garden. While generally found as a shrub, you can train it to climb if you have the right conditions. Individually, these flowers are quite pretty, but nothing special. It’s … Read moreCocktail, Red Floribunda