Dog Rose Hedging – Rosa Canina


The Dog Rose, scientifically known as Rosa canina, is a quintessential part of traditional gardens, embodying natural elegance and charm.


Dog Rose: A Vibrant Addition to Your Garden

The Dog Rose, scientifically known as Rosa canina, is a classic and hardy addition to any outdoor space. This wild rose species, renowned for its simple yet stunning beauty, thrives in a variety of climates, making it a versatile choice for gardeners.

Botanical Overview

Scientific Classification: Rosa canina belongs to the Rosaceae family, sharing characteristics with other popular roses but standing out for its unique wild appeal.

Physical Description: This deciduous shrub typically grows to about 1-3 meters in height. Its stems are covered in small, sharp thorns, while the leaves are pinnate with 5-7 leaflets. The flowers, blooming in late spring to mid-summer, are usually pale pink but can range from white to deep pink. They are about 4-5 cm in diameter with a subtle, sweet fragrance.

Fruit and Seeds: Post-blooming, the Dog Rose produces a red-orange fruit, known as a hip. These hips are not only attractive but also a rich source of Vitamin C.

Growing and Caring for Dog Rose

Ideal Conditions: Rosa canina prefers well-drained soils and can thrive in both full sun and partial shade. It’s tolerant of various soil types, from clay to sandy and loamy.

Watering and Feeding: Regular watering is essential, especially during dry spells. A balanced fertiliser applied in the spring can promote healthy growth.

Pruning and Maintenance: Prune in late winter to remove dead or overgrown branches. This encourages better flowering and a more robust plant.

Landscape Uses and Benefits

Versatility in Garden Design: The Dog Rose can be used as a standalone shrub, part of a mixed border, or even as informal hedging. Its wild and natural appearance makes it a perfect fit for cottage gardens or woodland edges.

Wildlife Attraction: The flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, while the hips provide food for birds in the autumn and winter.

Medicinal Uses: Traditionally, Dog Rose hips have been used for their high Vitamin C content and potential health benefits.

Embrace the Beauty of Dog Rose

The Dog Rose is a delightful addition to any garden, offering beauty, versatility, and ease of care. For more information on Rosa canina, visit RHS/Rosacanina. To dive back into our full range of plants, head over to Shop all.


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Foliage Type




Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

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