Bloom Thyme Friday: The Charm of Rugosas

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…

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Hansa: Beautiful foliage and striking magenta blooms.

Moje Hammarberg

Moje Hammarberg: More compact in growth but equal in bloom power and fragrance.

Roseraie de la Hay
Roseraie de la Hay

Roseraie de laHay: My favorite and the largest of the rugosas in my garden. named for the French rose garden of the same name


Blanc de double Corbert
Blanc de double Corbert

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!

Bloom Thyme Friday


10 thoughts on “Bloom Thyme Friday: The Charm of Rugosas

  1. I love the Rugosas as well. I have five of them, all pink, some single and some double but I don’t know their names. Mine are at least ten feet high now and like you said very hardy. Nothing better than fragrance in the garden.

  2. you have beautiful roses there, I love the rugosas as well, I have a budded one that is supposed to be a topaz jewel, will see once they bloom, my rosa rugosas are blooming and yes they are very tall, I love them tall the taller the better, strong fragrance too, I have thresa bugnet hopfully it will bloom this year, I also have an old garden rose I got from my hubby’s mom (using a cutting from it) it is growing (hers are a damask variety the scent is so strong you can smell it down the road from her house) just ordered russels cottage rose, due next week, a purple splash I put in my rose bed, (will take pictures once it is complete) and a old garden rose with a French name I cannot pronounce. supposed to be white double double flowers on it. my garden gate is growing like crazy hows yours doing? my crape myrtles didn’t die like I thought I truly underestimated their hardiness and my protection efforts. I will not make that mistake twice. how is your poor new dawn going, is it taking off now due to having a big root system? my fig is growing like crazy too. I am just amazed how hardy plants truly can be if given some protection even to they are out of their growing zone. now if I could just get a hardy enough palm tree in my yard, lol, dream on right?

  3. Beautiful roses, and beautiful gardens, Teresa. The three I wrote about that refuse to die are rugosas. they are so fragrant, and look like one of yours.

  4. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside
    and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to
    tell someone!

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