Rosa rugosa var. alba (Species) []

The Garden 28:116 (Aug. 1, 1885)


ROSA RUGOSA, both pink and white, is now so generally grown in gardens, that any detailed description of it is unnecessary. The white variety is so lovely, that we have thought it worthwhile to illustrate it in order to impress our readers with its importance as a free-flowering hardy garden bush. Throughout the whole range of single Roses there is not one whose flowers can compare with it in size, form, and purity-not even the Macartney. The Ramanas Rose, too, has other good qualities besides the beauty of its flowers. Its broad, shining, dark green foliage and its dense spreading habit of growth make it a striking shrub, even when not in bloom. From midsummer until autumn it is covered with bright orange hips as large as Walnuts, and nearly as handsome as the flowers. It is not a large growing bush, rarely exceeding feet in height, but as it throws up numbers of suckers, it soon spreads out widely in all directions, so as to make a dense compact mass. Quite recently Mr. G. F. Wilson has suggested the employment of this Rose as a stock for other kinds, and we think with good reason, as it is a strong grower, a free bloomer, even in soils which do not suit Hybrid Perpetuals. In Mr. Wilson's experimental garden at Oakwood, Wisley, he has planted the Ramanas Rose under all conditions; he has used it as a stock, he has planted it as a hedge, and hopes to find it efficient in this respect; he has it on exposed knolls and in shady bottoms, and he raises it from seed in abundance. At the present time it is one of the most beautiful features of his garden, there being groups of it 10 feet across, dense masses of foliage thickly studded with flowers and buds, besides an abundant crop of fruit in various stages of ripening. As this Rose has proved itself to be perfectly hardy, it may be planted without hesitation in all parts of the country.