14 reasons to plant a rose hedge (and how to do it)

Do you have a beautiful dream of spending a sunny afternoon in your own pink bedroom?

It’s easier than you think to surround yourself with a beautiful rose hedge that delineates the spaces in your garden.

A hedge of roses will instill a sense of privacy and security while being amongst the fragrant profusion of beautiful flowers.

1. Security and privacy

A rose hedge can grow as little as 2 to 3 feet tall to perfectly outline a garden space.

Shrub roses, however, can reach 8 to 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide, providing plenty of privacy and security.

The sky is the limit if you want to grow climbing roses to walk on a support structure, pergola or fence.

2. Waves of color

All shades of pink, red, orange, peach, yellow and white are familiar pink colors.

Two-tone roses, from dark purple to almost black and abundant multicolored or alternating colors are also very popular.

A hedge covered in your favorite color of rose is unforgettable.

3. A rose hedge has four interesting seasons.

Brilliant foliage in spring, buds blooming for weeks in summer, leaf color in fall followed by delicate rose hips in winter.

4. Seductive and exciting!

A flowering rose hedge does more than just protect a vegetated area.

The scent of roses, brilliant foliage and beautifully colored flowers is exciting and alluring.

5. Dangerously Beautiful

The performance of roses in the garden is undeniable with many thornless varieties providing a safe haven.

To be on the safe side, choose dangerously beautiful roses with fearsome vicious thorns.

6. Be modern!

A rose hedge can produce copious amounts of beautiful, brightly colored rose hips.

Rose hips are not only beautiful to look at in winter, they also provide food for wildlife during cold seasons.

Interestingly, rose hips are edible and incredibly healthy and nutritious for us. Great ideas and recipes can be found in this article, 25 Reasons to Look for Rose Hips.

Also, rose hips are the main ingredient in aging rosehip seed oil, which has amazing benefits for aging skin.

7. Gather now

Provide good air circulation and space the roses a little closer together to form a full, dense hedge.

Roses are beautiful on their own, but when planted in hedges they really make an impression.

8. Mix, Buttercup!

How do you choose a unique rose style or color from thousands of rose cultivars for your rose hedge?

Excitingly, your hedge can have a rainbow of pink colors and flower styles. However, choose roses that grow to the same height and thrive in the same growing conditions for easier care.

9. Ride and Walk

While a perfectly trimmed formal hedge has its uses in the flourishing garden, a creeping and rolling rose hedge has a creative and playful flair all its own.

10. Rose Garden Rooms

With ideas for pretty hats, tea time and croquet, is there anything more romantic than your very own garden rose bedroom?

A rose hedge provides plenty of flowers for bouquets, but imagine walls of blooming rose hedges around your outdoor spaces. Delicious!

11. Blooming Roses – Bring in the bees and butterflies

A rose hedge may look very decadent, but the pollen will feed bees, beneficial insects and butterflies better than many other useful hedge plants.

Growing late-blooming flowers into beautiful rose hips provides a winter feast for visiting birds.

These lavishly decorate your conservatory with colorful waxwings and pine spikes.

12. Heavenly Scent

Rose scents can be strong or delicate with sweet, spicy, musky or citrus aromas.

Surrounding a landscaped area or creating privacy with a rose hedge will infuse the environment with the scent of the rose.

In addition to roses, here are 15 fragrant flowers for a fragrant garden.

13. Abundant rose petals

Rose petals galore are pure magic! Potpourri, weddings, Valentine’s Day, rose jelly and making your own scented cosmetics, you’ll wonder what you were doing before your rose hedge!

Check out this article for a comprehensive and captivating list of recipes inspired by rose petals. 10 brilliant uses for rose petals (and 7 ways to eat them).

14. Rose Inspired Crafts

If floral crafting is in your wheelhouse, your rose hedge will keep you in a plethora of materials.

Dried rosebuds, flower petals, whole rose blossoms, and rose hips all have their treasured place on the DIY table.

Including roses, many inspired dried flower ideas can be found in this article, 15 Plants to Grow Dried Flowers and How to Dry Them.

Choosing the Best Roses for Hedge Growing

For your rose hedge, choose roses that are resistant to your growing area with a sturdy, straight habit.

Know your desired hedge height and choose accordingly. A 3 foot mature rose will never fill your 6 foot rose hedge mound. Likewise, each season it will inevitably take a lot of work to maintain vigorous 6-foot-tall roses in a neat 3-foot-tall border.

Single blooms will steal the show for weeks in the spring, while repeat blooms will bloom continuously from late spring until the first frost.

With the right support structures, climbing roses will make a spectacular display of blooms and reach incredible heights.

Why use native roses for hedges?

You can benefit from growing your rose hedge from root roses. Grafted roses produce rose cane scions with different growth habits, flower colors and styles. This can be difficult to follow when maintaining an entire rose hedge.

Young trees produced from domestic root roses will be identical to the hedge rose. Those extra rose sticks will only help fill the rose hedge.

The best varieties of roses for hedges

Rugosa Roses available through Heirloom Roses

Area: 3 to 10 depending on the species

Degree: 2 to 6 feet

knockout roses

Area: 5 to 11

Degree: 3 to 4 feet

English and shrub roses available from david austin roses

Area: 4 to 9 depending on the variety

Degree: 3 to 5 feet

Proven winners of Sunorita Rose®

Area: 5 to 9

Degree: 3 to 4 feet

Proven winners Oso Easy® Urban Legend®

Area: 4 to 9

Degree: 3 to 4 feet

plant a hedge of roses

Choose a position in full sun. A somewhat sheltered place will prevent the wind from blowing away all your beautiful petals. Ensure the availability of water on site. Roses are relatively thirsty and will benefit from automatic watering.

Prepare the site and amend the soil with well-rotted compost. Make sure the site is free of weeds and the soil is loose and well-drained.

Create a beveled edge or install trim. This will prevent your hedge from being overwhelmed by weeds and grass. A good edge to cut or trim to protect your rose hedge from damage and look great.

Use twine when planting your roses. This guarantees a nice straight row of roses.

Dig holes twice as big as the root ball of each rose. Pinch each plant in place with soil and flatten it.

Plant in cool, humid weather or early in the morning to prevent the roots of the roses from drying out.

Follow the planting instructions. However, to sufficiently fill your rose hedge, plant the roses twice as close together to avoid large gaps between each rose bush.

Water thoroughly for the first few months as your roses become established. An automatic sprinkler system or soaker hoses work well. To minimize disease, soak the roots without splashing water on the rose petals.

For a dramatic look, apply compost or tree bark under your roses. This conserves moisture, improves disease resistance and suppresses weeds.

grow roses

Our article, How to Propagate Roses from Cuttings, is helpful in growing your favorite roses from cuttings.

Your local nursery or online resources may offer containers or bare root for purchasing large quantities of roses.

Already grown pot roses are a great way to start your rose hedge.

Maintain your rose hedge

Most roses like full sun, rich, well-drained soil, and plenty of water.

Choosing disease-resistant varieties that are known to thrive in your climate is the first step to success.

Keeping an eye out for pests and diseases, diligent pruning and seasonal pruning are common rose care requirements.

Your rose hedge will give you many years of enjoyment if you follow these spring rose care tips.

Well-watered roses planted in rich, well-drained, slightly acidic soil in full sun do well. Here are some great tips on how to fertilize your roses.

Do you want your rose hedge to be covered in gorgeous blooms? Here are our top secrets for getting more blooms from your rose hedge.

More than decadent, rose hedges are also incredibly useful

A room of blooming roses welcomes bees, butterflies, teas and tinctures.

The cruel thorns deter intruders, while the vibrant flowers attract guests.

With four exciting outdoor seasons, you can fill bouquet vases, craft closet and pantry with your spectacular hedge of blooming roses.

Want more cover ideas? Check:

  • 10 edible hedges to create privacy in your garden
  • How to plant a lavender hedge (and 12 reasons why you should), and
  • How to Grow a Rosemary Hedge (And 10 Reasons You Should)

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