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 Rambler) is quite a climber that has great scent too. This rose is available from Peter Beals Roses .
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 Roses have large ruffled blossoms that give way to large fat juicy hips.
Available (in Canada) from Old Heirloom roses.
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 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 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?