Wild roses

Wild roses are the freshest, purest roses you can grow and are closest to nature. Their delicate, natural flowers disguise a tough constitution: they grow almost anywhere and shrug off pests and diseases. And it doesn't stop there: spectacularly beautiful brilliant red hips carry on the display well into autumn and winter. If you have any questions about our product range, then please contact us.

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Popular wild roses

What is your favourite wild rose? Here are some of our popular wild roses from the range in our garden centre:

  • Winged thorn rose (Rosa pteracantha): famous for its blood-red sharks' fin thorns glowing like stained glass in the sunshine. The flowers are delicate white, appearing in late spring.
  • Sweetbriar (Rosa eglanteria): possibly the most romantic name in the rose world, sweetbriar is an English native hedgerow rose with cheery pale-pink flowers followed by orange hips.
  • Rosa moschata: very late to flower, beginning its display of simple white flowers in September and at its best in mid-October when most other plants are going to sleep.
  • Geraniuim rose (Rosa moyesii): brilliant scarlet single flowers followed by extraordinary hips like elongated goblets in sealing wax red
  • Burnet rose (Rosa spinosissima): a low-growing rose smothered in simple white flowers all summer, followed by marble-sized gleaming round near-black hips through autumn.
  • Rosa palustris: commonly called swamp rose, is an upright deciduous shrub with arching branches that typically grows to 3-6' tall and as wide.

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Growing Wild Roses

Would you like to grow wild rose plants? It isn’t difficult to do that! Wild rose bushes can be planted just like any other rosebush and will do best in areas where they get plenty of sun and the soils are well-drained (as a general rule). One of the popular wild roses, the Rosa palustris, does it very well in wet ground. The rose is also known as the ‘swamp rose’. When growing wild roses in your rose beds, gardens or general landscape, do not crowd them. It can be harmful if you plant them to close to each other. This tends to cut down on airflow through and around the bushes which opens them up to disease problems. So, all types of wild roses need room to expand and grow into their natural states. Please ask the staff in our garden centre in Trowbridge - Wiltshire for more information and advice about growing wild 'species' roses.

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How do you prune wild roses?

Once their root systems are established in their new homes, these tough rosebushes will thrive with a minimum of wild rose care. Deadheading (removal of old blooms) them really is not necessary and will cut down or eliminate the wonderful rose hips they produce. They can be pruned a bit to maintain a desired shape, again be careful how much of this you do if you want those beautiful rose hips later! 

Would you like to read more about roses? Then please check out the following pages: climber or rambler, roses for cutting, roses for scent and roses. We hope to see you soon in our Trowbridge Garden Centre! Besides roses, we also have a lot of other plants in stock! 

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