The Charm of Rugosa Roses

Technically rugosa roses are species roses native to eastern Asia, but to me they are a bit of heaven on earth.

I have 12 rugosas: Hansa (2), Roseraie de l’Hay (9) named for the French rose garden of the same name and Blanc Double de Coubert (1). When these roses are blooming our entire garden is filled with their beautiful fragrance. If someone new visits our garden during this time, the first question is always, What is that?

In addition to beauty and fragrance, the upside to rugosa roses… they are tough, trouble free and need very little maintenance. But you need some room because these beauties grow to be around 6′ X 6′ in my garden. An extra bonus … rugosas produce large red-orange rose hips that are very high in Vitamin C and I am told make great jelly. We just let the bird enjoy them.

My favorite rugosa is Roseraie de l’Hay because it is a good repeat bloomer. The others may only bloom one time, but what a performance!

Roseraie De L’Hay

Blanc de Coubert

About Teresa / TheGardenDiary.com

I know that to everything there is a season, but I’m a gardener and I start counting the days until spring the day after Christmas. Gardeners, we are in good company ... Genesis 2:8. I love roses and get completely giddy when it is time for my historical roses to bloom in early June. I live and grow in Zone 5b where I take care of my 175+ roses and their companions. I also co host the Rose Chat Podcast. Check us out @ rosechatpodcast.com. Follow my garden experiences @ http://thegardendiary.com.
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6 Responses to The Charm of Rugosa Roses

  1. Lacey says:

    Your photo of Roseraie De L’Hay is absolutely dreamy.

  2. Chris says:

    Great roses! Makes me want to go out and buy Roseraie De L’Hay! Another for my “must have” list!!!

  3. Bruce Bailey says:

    Enjoyed Your article.
    I enjoy rugosas as well, have been slowly getting into roses and groove on the OGR as well as species.
    Rugosas that I enjoy in my garden- Parfum De L’Hay and a 1950s cross named ‘Flamingo’ are two of my favorites.

    • Teresa says:

      The old roses sure make spring amazing. Our entire garden is perfumed by their amazing fragrance. Love it. Will look for a picture of Flamingo. Sounds lovely!

  4. Hoping to use some cuttings from my rugosa as a hedgerow at our community garden. Much prettier than a fence.

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