My English Rose Hedges
David J C Austin
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.

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.
Wild Edric
Wild Edric is probably my favourite hedge, although it's a very close run thing. The flowers are so bold, both in size and colour, and they have a strong, classic old rose scent. This rose tumbles gracefully over and through a rail and post fence, completely transforming what was previously a dull area of the garden. This is a great choice for gardeners who grow their roses organically.

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.

Hyde Hall is the classic choice for newcomers to English Rose hedges. This vigorous, healthy rose needs the absolute minimum of care. I trim it 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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01 September 2014