Rugosa roses are species roses native to eastern Asia. These profuse spring bloomers are hardy in Zones 3 – 9 and in a variety of conditions: heat, cold, wind, even salty, sandy seaside conditions. Rugosa roses prefers full sun (6-8 hours per day) and average well-drained soil. So, with very minimal care, almost anyone, anywhere can enjoy these dependable workhorses in the garden. As for their size, Hansa, Roseraie de la Hay, Theresa Bugnet and Blanc de double Corbert are 5′ X 5′ in my garden. Moje Hammerly is 4′ X 4′ and Belle Poitevine is 4 X4 too. There are other rugosas that are smaller in general … do some investigating to find the ones most suited for your location. For more on rugosas, go to the ARS website HERE.
These rugged plants are excellent choices for the organic gardener. Their distinct wrinkled (regose) foliage is very disease resistant.
In my cottage garden they are the back drop and anchor for many of my flower beds. They give me a most outstanding introduction to the garden season with their striking, prolific bloom and the intense fragrance that permeates the entire garden. And, as repeat bloomers, they provide fragrant blooms throughout the season. And, beautiful roses hips to enjoy in our fall garden.
Nothing in my garden is quite like the first bloom cycle of my rugosa roses. See what you think…
Hansa: Beautiful foliage and striking magenta blooms.
Moje Hammarberg: More compact in growth but equal in bloom power and fragrance.
Roseraie de laHay: My favorite and the largest of the rugosas in my garden. named for the French rose garden of the same name
Double de Coubert: Pure white flowers and strong fragrance.
If you have some space and are looking for a rose with a major impact, think about rugosas!
HAPPY BLOOM THYME FRIDAY!