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Dog Rose Gift Tree

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Dog Rose Gift Tree

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.

Dog 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 dog 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. Dog roses are one of only two roses native to the British Isles, the other being ramanus 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. The stems of dog roses are prickly and the small flowers in June are a delicate white or pink with a sweet, authentic smell, followed by large red hips in the Autumn. If you want a bolder pink, then the ramanus rose would be a better choice. 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 gift trees are grown to be the perfect size for best establishment and an ideal size for gifts. For most species this can range from 20-40cm above the root plug. If you would like to discuss specific sizes, please contact us.

Mythology of the Dog Rose

So why the dog rose? It used to be called the wild brier but was renamed after it got the reputation for curing the bites of mad dogs - buy-trees-online does not promise anything! 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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