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Rugosa cross. This New Zealand bred rose is named for the long time gardener of one of our most eminent rosarians, Nancy Steen. It is a low growing, freely suckering bush with rugosa character and sublime, scented, large cerise single flowers. Repeats all season and has bunches of wonderful bright red hips, great for rose hip jelly. available now
Eventually makes a large shrub, repeat flowering like all the rugosas. Lilac semi double flowers and good hips. My personal favourite of this group.
Hopefully this rose’s namesake is too old to attract copy claims…This is just a random rugosa seedling from our garden which looks remarkably like another well known double white rugosa, but is more willing to be propagated! it also smells sweet (but not the same as the other) and freely produces pure white blooms thru the season. Being on it’s own roots it suckers freely, so can take over a bit… available now
One of the most popular of the rugosas, she has very large soft pink single flowers and the signature big red hips. Probably the smallest of this group, makes a tidy low shrub. sold out
David Austin. In true Austin style this is a Rugosa which ticks all boxes…Her foliage is obviously not truly Rugose, being more ferny and very fresh and green. The flowers are very delicate shades of lilac pink, full and frilly and dotted artfully over the bush. She suckers freely like the other Rugosas and makes a lovely picture in the garden. available now
This is a cheerful and enduring rose, it’s grown on me over the years for these traits…Flowers rather salmon which doesn’t fit in so well with the other lilac/cerise pink rugosas, also small but in large bunches instead of studded on the foliage like most. sold out
Roseraie de l’Hayes
One of the most striking of the group in colour, floriforousness and scent.
This rose for me has been more leggy than the other rugosas, but might just need a severe prune this winter…lovely semi double pure white flowers. available soon
Topaz Jewel (1987)
A rarity amongst the rugosas, Topaz Jewel is a beautiful clear yellow, the flowers semi double, fragrant and large. Within a very thorny group she is in a class of her own, being covered all over with huge thorns! Growth also rather angular, but hey, the flowers are yellow ! available now