Rose Hips (and the Roses they Go With)

I know I’ve shared with you my general ambivalence towards roses.  But I am softening – a little – primarily because I love rose hips.  And if a rambling flower can come along with those abundant fall fruits, well then perhaps I can get over my rose cringing.

The last few years I have been foraging in the woods for wild rose hips at this time of year but I am longing for a wider selection and greater variation than the tiny little hips of the wild roses near me.  As I am shopping for plantable varieties, I pulled together this list of rose varieties that have particularly beautiful hips and I paired it with the flower — in case you too are into that sort of thing.

Ethyl Rose Wichurana Rose with hips via www.pithandvigor.comEthyl Rose (Wichurana Rambler) is quite a climber that has great scent too.  This rose is available from Peter Beals Roses .

Lyda Rose Shrub Rose with Hips via www.pithandvigor.com

Lyda Rose is thornless and apparently does well in shade.  Orange hips are as gorgeous as the red ones and I am fascinated by how the flower seems to give no indication to what the hip will look like later.

Available from Rogue Valley Roses.

Purple Pavement hybrid rugosa rose with hips via www.pithandvigor.com

Purple Pavement Roses have large ruffled blossoms that give way to large fat juicy hips.

Available (in Canada) from Old Heirloom roses.

crimson floorshow rose groundcover rose with hips via www.pithandvigor.com

Crimson Floorshow roses grow low and can be used as a groundcover.  It is surprising to me that I had no idea that there were groundcover roses…my interest is growing – plus these clusters of orange hips are playing their siren song.  (I haven’t yet found a shopping source)

sweet briar rose rosa elegantine or rosa rubiginosa via www.pithandvigor.com

Sweet Briar Roses are old (date back to the 1500s) and are generally what I think of when someone says wild rose.  I am curious to know how closely related these are to the actual wild roses that grow nearby?

Available from Annies Annuals.

father hugo rose with hps via www.pithandvigor.com

Father Hugo Rose blooms in the early spring with primrose yellow single flowers.  But in the fall when the hips come into their own, they are uniquely deep purple and sometimes even black.

Available from Flowering Shrub Farm.

Want more ideas of varieties of rose with interesting hips?  Check out these.  I am trying to find a variety that has green hips to round out the collection of colors and shapes.  Any ideas?

Further Reading:

Great list of Roses with Hips

The best producing Roses for Hips.

Images from Flowering Shrub Farm, Heirloom rosesAnnies AnnualsRose LocatorOld Heirloom rosesPeter Beals Roses , and Rogue Valley Roses

r-greayer_55a-short-253x253Rochelle Greayer is a writer, landscape designer, farmers market manageress, former physicist rocket scientist & founder and editor of PITH +VIGOR. Author of Cultivating Garden Style : Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality (her first solo book) she also writes for Apartment Therapy and hosts garden related and floral workshops in her barn in Harvard, MA.  Want to know more?
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3 Responses to Rose Hips (and the Roses they Go With)

  1. I have many hardy roses and the hips they produce are quite varied, from the familiar big orange hips on rugosas to smaller red hips on an un-named rose. You do not mention the notable nearly black oval hips on Rosa glauca – aka Rosa rubrifolia. This rose is much more notable for its beautiful shape, glaucus foliage and unusual hips than its tiny pink flowers.

  2. Commonweeder: Rosa glauca is one that I was researching but I couldn’t find images to show me what people described as so interesting. I will def. add it to my list on your recommendation- thanks.

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