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Ramanus Rose

Rosa rugosa

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Ramanus Rose

A hardy, fast-growing climber, these roses can be used to bring a traditional picket fence to life, or provide that authentic country cottage look when grown up a wall.

Ramanus roses can also be grown as a stand-alone shrub or as a splash of colour to a native hedge. You can be assured that when you plant native roses, you are working in symbiotic harmony with nature on our fair isle and that the birds and bees will be as pleased as you will be with the peaceful tranquillity which you have created. Ramanus roses are one of only two roses native to the British Isles, the other being the dog rose - most of the roses which you find in garden centres are cultivars engineered on the continent to provide large flowers. But if you want native roses which work in harmony with our native bees and insects, then you will want to choose dog or ramanus roses. What are the differences between the two native roses? The ramanus rose is slightly slower-growing and has a much lighter petal than the dog rose and the rose is a much bolder, deeper pink than the delicate dog rose. Also, the stems of dog roses are prickly whilst the ramanus rose is better described as thorny, but both flowers produce a sweet, authentic smell, followed by large red hips in the Autumn. If you live near the coast or in an exposed location, then the ramanus rose will probably fair better, though both are fully hardy. Both the native roses prefer a sunny position, but can tolerate some shade. The question is, with such delicate beauty why would you want to hide them?

All our trees and shrubs are grown to be the perfect size for best establishment. For most species this can range from 20-60cm above the root plug. If you would like to discuss specific sizes, please contact us.

Folklore of the Native Rose

The earliest recorded roses were found in 35 million year-old fossils and bore a striking resemblance to our native ramanus rose. Whilst we always think of the 'English Rose', the Greeks and Romans both believed that roses symbolised rebirth and resurrection. In Britain, roses in gardens were said to attract fairies, though we have only ever seen them attract bees and birds - it is an old Anglo-Saxon belief that a stolen rose grows better than a bought one, though such naughty behaviour is more likely to attract pixies than fairies! Have you ever wondered by a ceiling rose is so called? Our forebears used to hang a dog rose over a table to symbolise that anything said at the table was to be kept in confidence - later Britons kept this tradition in the plaster ceiling roses which decorate our historic homes. Roses have been used for centuries as heraldic symbols, not only in the Wars of the Roses, but most recognisably as the national flower of England. Modern cultivars were only introduced to Britain in the 19th Century, but none have the harmony and history of our beautiful, British roses.

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