Rose rugosa 'Alba'
Glistening white flowers emerge from blushing fragrant petals over a dense mound of pleated verdant foliage. A prolific bloomer providing lovely scenes well into autumn when the hips start to develop. The flowers are followed by bold and highly ornamental orange-red hips, which are rich in vitamin C. An incredibly healthy, robust shrub rose with dense textured light-green foliage suitable for hedging. A disease-resistant species, the most suitable rose species for coastal areas. Despite originating from China and Japan, Rugosa roses are resilient performers in dry Australian summers. RUGOSA, C.1870.
Plant in an open, sunny position, in free-draining, neutral soil that is rich in organic matter. Water deeply to encourage strong roots when establishing and provide supplementary watering during dry periods. Roses are heavy feeders and will benefit from organic fertiliser, twice-yearly in heavy soils (spring and late summer) or four times in sandy soil. Deadhead regularly for repeat flowering. Prune to maintain density and shape.