As we head further into autumn, the rugosa roses come into their own with a colourful display of hips on many varieties. Hips are the fruit of roses and are a feature of roses often overlooked.
This month we feature Blanc Double De Coubert, a good all round rugosa. Rugosa roses are incredibly tough and easily to grow, even tolerating coastal conditions and light shade. They are also extremely disease tolerant and this one is no exception.
Blanc Double de Coubert produces semi double blooms of pure white throughout the season – an advantage as some rugosa’s only bloom once. For those who like fragrance, this variety is very fragrant. At this time of the year, colourful hips appear adding extra interest. Looks good planted in a white garden or as a spectacular hedge
Bred back in 1893 by the French breeder Cochet-Cochet and widely available in New Zealand.