The Best Roses for Hedging

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The Best Roses for Hedging
Rose hedges make attractive and low-maintenance borders. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Rose bush hedges provide privacy, wildlife habitat, a boundary marker and beautiful views. There is a large selection of rose varieties that have been bred specifically for prized hedge characteristics. The chosen variety, or varieties, of roses for a hedge should receive full sun and space for ample air circulation. Different height choices also give landscapers increased creative freedom.

Simplicity Hedge Roses

The Simplicity hedge rose is the top selling hedge rose in the United States. Simplicity roses are a medium-sized hedge plant, usually peaking between 4 and 5 feet. The original pink, white and yellow simplicity roses have 3-inch unscented blooms; the lavender rose has a slight citrus scent.

Low Hedge Roses

There are several varieties of roses suitable for a low hedge. The following varieties all form hedges under 2 feet in height: Behold, Cup Cake, Gizmo, Gourmet Popcorn, Pillow Fight, Rise n Shine, Scentsational and Sunsprinkle.

Medium Hedge Roses

Rose hedges of heights between 2 and 5 feet make aesthetic and manageable borders. Some varieties that fall in this category include All that Jazz, Ballerina, Buff Beauty, Carefree Delight, Country Fair, Graham Thomas, Knockout, Mary, the Meidland series, Nearly Wild, Royal Bonica and Winchester Cathedral. Simplicity roses are also considered medium-sized hedge roses.

High Hedge Roses

Some varieties of roses can grow quite high, providing a veritable flowering privacy screen. Tall varieties that grow over 5 feet tall included the following roses: Abba, Carefree Wonder, Linda Campbell, Nevada, Penelope, Therese Bugnet and William Baffin.

Shelterbelt Rose Hedge

The Agriculture and Rural Development of the Government of Alberta recommends Rosa spinossisima var. altaica for shelterbelts. This variety, also known as Altai, Scotch or Brunet Rose grows up to 4.5 feet tall and can live for over 30 years with dense, prickly branches. The plant produces a rose hip for fruit, which is readily eaten by birds. Although the limited height of this plant makes it a shelterbelt species of little wind protection value, it makes a good ornamental hedge for farmsteads and is often planted in combination with poplars.

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