GROWING A ROSE HEDGE

Roses can be used to form a low decorative hedge or a tall boundary hedge. The benefits of a rose hedge include a long flowering period, the potential for a heady scent, a source of food and shelter for wildlife and depending upon the variety, an impenetrable barrier. The best roses to create a hedge with are those which have a bushy habit, lots of foliage, are repeat flowering and disease resistant.

For a low decorative hedge try compact shrub roses such as Bonica  which is very easy to grow, robust and shade tolerant, or Imogen, which has a fruity fragrance. These should be planted about 60cm apart as a single row.

For a tall boundary hedge, try a Rugosa rose such as Agnes or Rosearie de L’Hay , both of which enjoy blooms with a heavy perfume and brightly coloured hips for autumn interest. These should be planted about 1m apart, again as a single row.

Prepare the soil with general purpose compost and Rootgrow, then water and feed well whilst the hedge is establishing itself.

Prune between late winter and early spring after the risk of frosts has passed. Pruning can be done with hedging shears or a hedge trimmer and tidied with secateurs.