Plants - Roses

Eight edible rose favourites

Quebec-based garden Rose des Champs recommend the best blooms from their collection for eating


'Roseraie de l'Haÿ' rugosa rose (R. ‘Roseraie de l’Haÿ’)
Zone 4
Thought to be a sport of R. rugosa ‘Rubra’, ‘Roseraie de l’Haÿ’ is the most popular of all the rugosas and was introduced by Cochet-Cochet in France (1901). Repeat flowering, disease resistant and vigorous, it produces large crimson-purple blooms with a scent reminiscent of cloves and honey. RHS AGM 1993

Red Japanese rugosa rose (R. rugosa ‘Rubra’)—not shown
Zone 3
Bearing fierce prickles, I once planted several of these to divert neighbourhood kids from taking a shortcut across my garden. Growing to a height of 2.5 metres, it produces reddish-purple flowers from early summer until autumn, followed by large vermillion hips. Fantastic when paired with the pure white blooms of R. r. ‘Alba’. RHS AGM 1993 (both)


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