My English Rose Hedges
My private Shropshire garden is an informal family garden, with areas designed for relaxed outdoor living, a small vegetable patch and a traditional potting shed.

Within this setting, I've gradually incorporated rose borders, mixed borders, climbing roses and standards.

I planted my first English Rose hedge, Hyde Hall, in the spring of 2006. This proved so addictive that in the following December, I planted another four varieties. These have been a source of delight and fascination from their first flowering season.

The roses I selected each have their own character and habit, so the way they are used in the garden reflects this.

One of my hedging roses, Wild Edric, has not yet been released in the US. Trials are taking place and I hope that we will be able to introduce this variety in the near future. It has large, fragrant, semi-double blooms.
Hyde Hall
As I write in October 2008, The Alnwick Rose is still flowering remarkably well, looking almost as good as it did in early summer. This rose is planted along both sides of the long path that intersects a large rose border, leading to a circular stone table. For sheer flowering power, this rose is hard to beat.

Harlow Carr is the smallest and neatest of my hedges. I have used it to edge the path nearest to the potting shed. This variety repeat flowers best when it is regularly dead-headed, so it's in the area I use most often. I can nip off the flowers as I pass or when I'm gathering herbs or vegetables from the kitchen garden.

Hyde Hall is the classic choice for newcomers to English Rose hedges. This vigorous, healthy rose needs the absolute minimum of care. Suitable for organic gardeners, it often takes great exception to being sprayed - as do most roses with rugosa in their breeding. This variety will be very tall in most US climates. I trim mine back to about half its size each year using a hedge trimmer.
Queen Of Sweden
Queen Of Sweden has a very upright habit, with upward facing cupped blooms. My hedge is planted along the outer boundary of the garden, so it seems to cut through a traditional English meadow of ox eye daisies mixed in amongst long grasses. At this point in the season, the hedge nearly as tall as I am. The medium-sized flowers have a natural delicacy and prettiness that suits their setting so well.

Rose growing is a fascinating pastime and the rewards are endless. If you're considering growing an English Rose hedge in your own garden, I wish you the greatest of pleasure.

David JC Austin

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26 October 2016