A native thorny hedging plant which will stand any amount of trimming. Often used to scramble amongst other hedges, the Dog Rose produces pink flowers in summer and striking red rose hips in autumn, offering some colour to your hedging. Has a vigorous, informal sprawly habit and will climb given support.
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- Flower Colour: white with blush edging
- Foliage Colour: green
- Approx. Growth Height: 3m (10ft)
- Flowering Period: summer
- Tolerance: shade tolerant
- Growing Habit: spreading
- Hardiness: hardy
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Final Size if Untrimmed: medium sized shrub
- Wildlife: attracts bees and other insects
- Arrives bare-root at a height of 45-60cm (1’6”-2ft)
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Soil Requirements: all soils
- Moisture: moist but well-drained
- Planting Distance: 50cm (1’8”)
Dog Rose can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
Caring and Maintenance
Should be pruned in winter, just after planting, and for two years after that. On planting, cut back leading shoots and side shoots by one-third, cutting to a well placed bud. Repeat this in the second winter to prevent straggly growth and thicken up the hedge base. Then trim every June after that.
Maintain at 90-180cm (3-6ft).