Roses as hedging

What are the advantages of using roses rather than other shrubs for hedges?

Mainly that they will provide almost continuous colour throughout the summer and well on into the autumn. If you are using upright-growing roses of the cluster-flowered type, staggered planting will be of advantage if you want a substantial rather than a purely decorative hedge, but with most of the shrub and old garden roses this will not be necessary. When choosing varieties for hedging, remember that most of the old garden roses, and the more modern rugosas and hybrid musks, need to be allowed a width of 1.5 m (5 ft) or more, so they are not suitable for a place where space is limited. ^sv.e^Vv*™—:>/?

I want to create a rose hedge no more than about 1.2 m (4 ft) high. Can you suggest suitable varieties?

The following 18 make good low hedges: ‘Alexander’, ‘Angelina’, ‘Anne Harkness’, ‘Ballerina’, ‘Chinatown’, ‘Dame of Sark’, ‘Dorothy Wheatcroft’, ‘Escapade’, ‘Eye Paint’, ‘Frau Dagmar Hartopp’ (syn. ‘Fru Dagmar Hastrup’), Iceberg’, ‘Lavender Lassie’, ‘Marjorie Fair’, ‘Mountbatten’, ‘Peace’, ‘Rob Roy’, ‘Southampton’, ‘The Fairy’.

What about varieties for taller hedges?

Here are 11 attractive varieties: ‘Cornelia’, ‘Fountain’, ‘Fred Loads’, ‘Nymphenburg’, ‘Penelope’, ‘Pink Grootendorst’, ‘Queen Elizabeth’, ‘Roseraie de l’Hay’, ‘Salley Holmes’, ‘Scabrosa’ and ‘Schneezwerg’ (’Snow Dwarf).

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