Dog or Eglantine rose
Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
I am thinking of buying one or other of these roses. From what I have seen and read both are suitable for the bees. Has anyone grown/growing one of these can give me some advice please. I only want to grow one - I know they can be used as hedging plants too, but I just have room for one - which conditions does it prefer, how do they look when mature, any photos or advice would be helpful.
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
...Shakespeare's way with words still influences us today.... and in your case GD, there is simply no choice in the matter.... R. eglanteria it should be.... I would not even consider the dog rose personally...
''Not even among the roses shall we find a more delicious perfume'' [Dean Hole]...
..referring to the foliage there.. this rose should be planted on your south or west facing border, as the scent from the leaves carries better on moist warm winds..
''One of the most treasured of English wild plants'' .. ''glittering oval hips''...[G.S. Thomas]... about 8 x 8 foot, with lots of big thorns... makes a tall arching shrub.... and best left to its own devices...