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7. Rosehip and roses
Regal roses are good in any form, and hedges are no exception. True, fences formed from luxurious varietal roses will not be able to do with minimal care. Roses growing in living fences need the same careful care as blooming beauties in a rose garden.
The only exception is rose hips, which, unlike the garden queen, are unpretentious plants and are ideal for creating luxurious flowering hedges. Rosehip has another "trump card": allowing you to harvest your own harvest of healing berries sparkling on the bushes in the fall, they decorate gardens for a much longer period.
Both roses and wild rose create difficult-to-pass hedges from 1 to 2 meters in height, sometimes higher hedges of a uniform, multi-row type. Roses are rarely mixed with other shrubs.
Hedges made of roses and rose hips can only be placed in well-lit areas, warm, warmed up, protected from the winds. For them, it is necessary to select high-quality nutritious, slightly acidic or neutral, loamy, water-and air-permeable soils, places without the risk of moisture stagnation. A month before planting or in the fall, you need to improve the soil with deep transportation and the introduction of organic and complete mineral fertilizers.
Benefits of a rose or rosehip hedge:
- elite, vip-plant status for the most spectacular hedges;
- the opportunity to use as many roses as possible in the design of a garden with a modest area, a chance to introduce roses into the design of even the smallest gardens;
- regal beauty of lush bloom, multiplied showiness;
- long flowering and beauty of foliage, bright scattering of fruits.
Best views for hedges
The flowering of many rose hips today is not inferior in beauty and starry roses, and its foliage and fruits are much more attractive. It is on rose hips and old roses that it is better to navigate when selecting plants for a hedge. Of the actual rose hips, it is advisable to choose modern varieties and hybrid specimens, distinguished by greater beauty of flowering and increased productivity. From roses for a hedge, they choose hardy, time-tested, disease-resistant varieties, characterized by unpretentiousness and high decorativeness with minimal maintenance.
It is desirable that the bushes have a larger diameter than height (you can only use rose varieties with a minimum bush width of 1.5 m), actively grow in width and maintain the attractiveness of the lower part of the bush, and also have bright fruits, thanks to which the hedge will not lose its decorativeness during not only the flowering period, but also in late autumn. Dense foliage, endurance insignia, the ability to bloom repeatedly are also important requirements for roses in a hedge.
Ideal for flowering fences are considered hybrids and varieties of wrinkled roses, distinguished by their beauty and dense foliage (in particular, non-double, with luxuriously bright flowers and openwork greens 'Scabrosa', delicate apricot and inexpressibly watercolor 'Penelope', very lush, with beautiful dark pink flowers 'Roseraie de l'Hay'). Classic park and shrub roses from the English and old varieties, floribunda, hybrid tea roses are also good if the varieties are selected correctly. For example, great for a hedge:
- legendary dazzling bright oily yellow variety 'Sunflare' just above 1 m;
- which became the progenitor of all roses of the Grandiflora group, a gentle and profusely blooming floribunda 'Queen Elizabet' with pink flowers and a height of up to 3 m;
- with light feathery leaves and a delicate yellow color 'Canary Bird' up to 3 m high;
- 'Cornelia' up to 1.5 m high with a fountain-shaped bush, pale pink watercolor inflorescences, in which the most beautiful flowers bloom in autumn;
- very powerful, strong bright yellow one and a half meter rose 'China Town' with improved branching,
- a two-meter deep carmine variety 'Captain Samuel Holland' with very powerful arches of branches and dark foliage;
- two-meter snow-white and spreading variety 'Alba Semi-Plena'.
If it is possible to install gratings or supports, a living fence can also be created from any climbing rose-claming.
It is possible to plant hedges of roses and rose hips in late autumn or early spring (only at a time when the sap flow is suspended in the rose hips). For the middle lane, it is better to choose a spring planting, despite the fact that it will increase the waiting time for flowering. For hedges, it is better to use rose and rosehip seedlings at the age of 3 years.
The hedge is planted in trenches, not individual holes. The planting depth is about 30 cm, the distance between the plants is from 40 to 60 cm. On the plants, it is necessary to preliminarily shorten all the shoots to a level of 10-15 cm, leaving two or three strong buds each, soak the rhizomes in water to feed the tissues with moisture. Before planting, the soil in the trench is watered abundantly, additional doses of organic and mineral fertilizers are applied.
The seedlings are buried so that the grafting point is 3-5 cm below ground level. After planting, even in hedges around each plant, it is imperative to create protective circles-rollers from the soil to retain water and carry out abundant watering.
Features of caring for a hedge of roses and rose hips
Rose hedges are considered one of the most difficult to maintain and require no less care and attention than clipped green fences. Rosehip compares favorably with roses precisely in terms of ease of care. He needs watering and weeding only in the first year of cultivation. Formation of plants, pruning of hedges to control size and shape does not begin until a few years later and the desired height is reached, and even then pruning of rose hips is actually reduced to removing dry and damaged branches.
There is more trouble with roses, in particular with their pruning. Roses capable of repeated flowering are subjected to early spring pruning, shortening all shoots by 3-5 buds and repeating the haircut after each flowering wave to stimulate the next. In the first year, rose hedges provide enhanced and systemic irrigation, weeds are regularly weeded, loosened the soil, 1-2 additional fertilizing is applied and light formation is carried out.
From the second year, for roses in hedges, they begin to introduce 4 dressings per year, in the spring, during the budding period, after flowering and before the ripening of the shoots. At the same time, special fertilizers or complex mixtures are used in the first half of the season and potash-phosphorus fertilizers in the second. Water the bushes during a drought and continue loosening and weeding.
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