Planting bare root Dog Rose hedge plants is an economic way to plant a native hedge without costing a fortune if you can spare the time for these plants to reach a greater height. These plants are all 60-80cm tall and come bare rooted, that is to say that they are dug straight from the field and are sold without any soil around their roots. These plants should be planted as soon as possible after purchasing to avoid the roots drying out and damage occurring to the hedge plants.
Dog Rose (Rosa rugosa) is also known as the Hedgerow Rose and is a common form of rose found in hedgerows across the UK. It is strong growing and has prickly and bristly stems. With its oblong shaped leaves, it produces pink flowers in the spring and rosehips in the autumn. Whilst it is uncommon to find a pure hedge made of Dog Rose, it makes a fantastic addition to any native hedge planting that adds a bit of extra colour and variety.
Dog Rose hedge plants are found commonly throughout the UK as part of a mixed species native hedge and will grow extremely well with other species such as Hawthorn, Field Maple, Beech, Blackthorn, Spindle, Hazel and Hornbeam. Native hedges such as this can be found across much of the UK.
These bare root native hedging plants should be planted 45cm apart in a single row or 60cm apart in a double row.
As these are bare root plants, we recommend using Rootgrow which helps the plants produce a secondary system of roots. It is also important if deer and rabbits are prolific in your planting area to use spiral tree guards to protect them.