Best Roses For Hedges

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Hedge Rose - Double Red Simplicity I love the look of a rose hedge! One of our neighbors has a stunning hedge of red roses dividing their house and the one next door. It looks great up against their white colonial style house with black shutters. A wonderful, eye-catching focal point to the yard …

It turns out the head-turning display is comprised of Double Red Simplicity roses. This series does well in zones 5 – 10 and the name says it all … these are easy to grow and floriferous.

Please read on for more on this outstanding shrub rose and others that make beautiful and low maintenance hedges …

Bonica Rose HedgeHow To Make A Rose Hedge

It’s important to choose hedge rose bushes that require minimal care, offer good disease resistance, and are everblooming, meaning they bloom all the way until frost hits your area. Roses make spectacular, flowering boundary hedges which can be pruned between 3 ft to over 7 ft in height …

First of all, make sure you select a rose that thrives in your growing zone. Locate your rose hedge in an area that receives at least six to eight hours of sun each day. Morning sun is preferable to afternoon sun to lessen conditions favorable for disease …

Avoid planting your hedge in an area where rose bush roots must compete with roots of trees or large shrubs. Ideally plant it in a place where there is open space on both sides to provide air circulation …

Hedging roses should be planted from 18″ to 3 feet apart, depending on the variety chosen. The closer the roses are planted, the more quickly the hedge will fill out. Roses love sun, won’t grow well in shade and do not like sitting in water. Plant roses on a raised bed if necessary to ensure good drainage …

Although it’s best for rose hedges to be established during the spring, they also can be planted in the early fall …

My Favorite Roses For Hedges

Hedge Rose - Fragrant Lavender SimplicitySimplicity Hedge Roses: These are perfect for hedges as they are easy to grow, low maintenance, versatile and abundant. This series from Jackson & Perkins has been around for over 20 years. They come in crimson red, bright yellow, light lavender, and medium pink …

Our neighbors planted the Double Red variety for their breathtaking hedge (photo above). It’s named for its rich color and high bud count. The best feature may just be the superior resistance to mildew and rust that keeps the dark green, glossy foliage looking great even in humid and rainy climates …

David Austin Roses – English Roses: These handsome roses are particularly effective choices for a hedge, producing a succession of fragrant blooms. Listed below are four of the best English Roses for hedging.

Hedge Rose - Harlow CarrHarlow Carr: A tough little rose that bears flowers of the most perfect formation – shallow cups of the purest rosy pink. These hold their form to the end; the occasional petal falling back to give a pleasing effect.

The plant has an excellent bushy habit, maturing into an attractively rounded shrub with its flowers almost to ground level. The young foliage is bronze at first, later becoming green. There is a strong, pure “Old Rose” fragrance that has been described as reminiscent of rose-based cosmetics and perfumes …

Hedge Rose - MolineuxMolineux: This lovely and free flowering rose is a show-stopping, rich yellow color. An excellent rose for hedges, bedding, and borders …

It flowers with exceptional continuity, has an even upright growth, and little or no disease issues. A delightful Tea Rose fragrance with a musky background. Winner of a Gold Medal, the President’s Trophy for the ‘Best New Rose of the Year’ and the Henry Edland Medal for the ‘Best Scented Rose’, at the Royal National Rose Society Trials …

Hedge Rose - SophySophy’s Rose: Attractive light red colored flowers that fade to deep pink in the sun. Excellent, short, bushy habit perfect for hedges to 3 ft. tall.

The petals are small at the center, increasing in size by degrees until the outer petals are quite large. This is a very productive rose suitable for rose beds, shorter hedges, and towards the front of a border. Extremely healthy and very hardy. Beautiful, elongated foliage and a light Tea Rose fragrance …

Hedge Rose - The Alnwick RoseThe Alnwick Rose: Pretty rich pink, cup shaped buds gradually open to a deeply cupped flower. Later developing into a broad, full-petalled, shallow cup of a soft pink which is paler at the outer edges.

The flowers are really beautiful at all stages. ‘The Alnwick Rose’ has nice rounded, bushy growth and produces its bloom intermittently from early summer to the onset of frost. Plentiful green foliage ideally complements the flower. There is a good Old Rose fragrance with just a hint of raspberry …

Knockout Rose HedgeKnockout Roses: This very popular and disease-resistant landscape rose also makes a super easy hedge! Flowering continues all season long until the first killing frosts of fall. Black spot, powdery mildew, and other common rose ailments don’t touch this easy care series.

I have three of the Double Knockout planted by our front door for a colorful entrance. For best performance, I recommend cutting them back every year in early spring…after the last threat of frost has passed.

They come in seven colors: Pink Knockout, Pink Double Knockout, Rainbow Knockout, Double Knockout, Sunny Knockout, Blushing Knockout, and original Knockout …

Grootendorst rugosaRugosa Roses: Rugged rugosa roses can survive in sandy, or poor, dry soil. A hedge of rugosa roses can also withstand salty air, making it well suited to the coastal home landscape.

This species of roses are popular as a thorny, dense hedge. They are very hardy and reliable, but do not spray with chemicals. Rugosas respond well to pruning so they can be kept smaller, if desired …

One of my favorite rugosas for hedges is “F. J. Grootendorst” which displays clusters of deep pinkish purple blooms with frilled edges and a spicy fragrance. These charming flowers resemble fringed carnations.

It has crinkly, bright green foliage on a bushy, vigorous, upright shrub and blooms from June until frost. Grootendorst grow best in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade …

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